Bestselling writer J.A. Jance maintains two popular murder-mystery series, both of them featuring detectives with the initials J.B. There's the longer series about recovering alcoholic J. P. Beaumont (the Seattle detective), and her more recent invention, Joanna Brady (widowed mother and sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona). In Jance's new novel, Fire and Ice, Beaumont and Brady find their lives intersecting for the second time. The first time the two met, in Partner in Crime, it was on Brady's desert turf. This time a series of grisly murders is taking place in Beaumont's neck of the woods, but a strange twist leads him into the Arizona backcountry again and back into Brady's complicated life — and maybe to a solution to both his current case and hers. Jance discusses this latest installment in two of her series and signs copies of the book at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org). Admission is free, and coffee and pastries will be served after the program.
Wed., Aug. 12, 2009

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