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Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4)
Cruel Intent - Alison Reynolds, Bk 4
Author: J.A. Jance
On a dating site,, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths. — Ex-televisi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416566359
ISBN-10: 141656635X
Publication Date: 11/17/2009
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 112 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 330 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Apparently this was book 4 in the Alison Reynolds series and I have missed out on some very good storylines that were a bit relevant to the telling of this story.

While Ali Reynolds is remodeling her house in Sedona, with the help of her butler Leland, Bryan Forrester, her general contractor is arrested for the brutal murder of his philandering wife. Bryan swears that no matter how bad it looks, and its not good, that he didnt do it.

Of course Ali needs her house finished so she does some digging and finds out that Bryans wife isnt the first person to die that was associated with a dating site for married men and women.

Very good, if somewhat unrealistic ending, I recommend this book, but begin at the beginning of the series.
barbsis avatar reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 1076 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Former TV personality, Ali Reynolds, has been known to get involved with police investigations in an effort to help solve crimes. And this murder is no different.

Ali Reynolds is renovating her new house when the foreman of her construction crew is arrested for murdering his wife. Ali knows Bryan Forester pretty well and doesn't believe he has done this horrible crime. When Bryan asks Ali to help him investigate, she agrees to help and soon finds herself in hot water with both the detective involved and the murderer.

This is a really well written mystery with many seemingly unrelated characters who are all unbelievably intertwined. You know who the murderer is from the first page but following the police -- while they waste their time assuming the husband did it -- is very interesting. Though, as expected, it is Ali who ultimately solves the mystery.

This is the first book I've read by J.A. Jance but it will certainly not be the last. What a terrific book!
alliealphagam avatar reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Love these books!
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This is a good gripping crime story. There's quite a bit of detail about unrelated characters that's probably necessary to build interest in the series but I found it distracting.
annapi avatar reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 334 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The Ali Reynolds series is getting better and better! The characters are developing nicely and have improved from the first two novels in the series. I've thoroughly enjoyed the last two, and am looking forward to the fifth. Ali's contractor and friend Bryan Forester's philandering wife is found bludgeoned to death, and naturally suspicion falls on him. Ali seems to be the only one who believes in his innocence, to the point of causing some friction between her and her sometime boyfriend Dave Holman, who is in charge of the investigation. She starts doing a little digging on her own, but opens up a major can of worms that soon spins out of control.

I was a little leery at first about having the identity of the murderer revealed to the reader from the very beginning, wondering if that meant the suspense in the novel would fall flat. I needn't have worried - Jance handled it splendidly. The ending did feel a little bit rushed and maybe could have been more drawn out to milk the most out of the villain, but for me the best part of the book is the character development. I have come to like them much better in the last two books, and the secondary characters too are much more interesting, though her love interest the detective could use a little more polishing. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment!
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reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 3558 more book reviews
When an old friend is accused of murdering a cyber-sociopath who courted women over the Internet only to steal all of their money, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigateâJance's newest mystery is another New York Times bestseller!

Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week-long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academyânot to mention taking over the 6 a.m. shift at her family's restaurant while her parents enjoy a long overdue Caribbean cruise. However, when Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali's old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help.

The man posing as Brenda's fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the women he once victimized are considered suspects. The police soon focus their investigation on Brenda, who is already known to have broken into Richard's home and computer before vanishing without a trace. Attempting to clear her friend's name, Ali is quickly drawn into a web of online intrigue that may lead to a real-world fatal error.
reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 4 more book reviews
Not as good as the first one in series, but I still liked it.
reviewed Cruel Intent (Alison Reynolds, Bk 4) on + 593 more book reviews
Excellent read, lots of action.