I opened Fatal Error by J. A. Jance ready for an interesting and suspenseful read. I wasn’t disappointed. Jance’s Ali Reynolds novel drew me in quickly as I read about Reynolds’ newest mystery. Having an “older” protagonist who lives life to the fullest appeals to me as a woman and as a reader.
Jance smoothly leads the reader along all the different threads of the plot until they finally meet at the end, tied into a neat bow, even if a few bodies may be left along the road side. The novel begins with the over-forty Ali competing with much younger cadets at the Arizona Police Academy. She wants to “better” herself for her job with the Yavapi Country Sheriff’s Department at the suggestion of the sheriff, only to discover she no longer has a position due to funding cuts. While at the academy, a former friend hunts her down to appeal for help in finding her never-met fiancé. When Ali agrees to have the security company that does her computer checks do a background check on the missing man, the intrigue begins.