Unfinished Business Book Review

Unfinished Business Book Review

Title: Unfinished Business
Author: J.A. Jance
Published: June 1, 2021, Gallery Books
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $27.99 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

As is usually the case with J.A. Jance and her bestselling Ali Reynolds series, Unfinished Business is a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns. Ali and her husband B.’s security business, High Noon Enterprises, is growing and they need to hire some experts to help. Mateo, who has just made parole is just getting out of prison; he insists he is not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend, but has served 16 years anyway. He remembers working for Stu Ramey and writes to him to ask for a letter of recommendation; Stu remembers how good Mateo, who has a computer degree, and was a good employee; Stu is happy that while in prison Mateo has kept up to date with new technology by working in the prison library. He is brought on as an employee of High Noon. Meanwhile, one of the High Noon employees has gone missing, and Ali and B., along with law enforcement are trying to find her before she is harmed or killed. That seems like a lot for a novel, but it works well.

Jance is an excellent storyteller, and is able to combine the three separate plots to make one very exciting and surprising dénouement that will keep readers on their toes. Her books, including this one, move quickly and have plenty of building suspense. Not only are Ali and B. well developed (and beloved) characters, but the supporting characters such as Stu Ramey and Cami Lee, as well as Mateo are also well-developed and seem like real people.

Ali believes that Mateo is innocent and gets him in touch with PI J. P. Beaumont (a detective in another excellent Jance series) to clear his name, while dealing with personal problems with her parents and the big problem of finding Cami Lee.

All told, this is a novel that J. A. Jance fans will relish, and those who aren’t familiar with her will want to read. Excellent.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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