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Revenge isn’t the only dish served cold...Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. SomRevenge isn’t the only dish served cold...Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky.Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they’ve tied the knot are dashed when Ali’s new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl’s grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she’s been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman’s just not as sharp as she used to be.While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it’s too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long—before someone comes back to bury them forever....

Title : Cold Betrayal
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ISBN : 9781476745046
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Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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Cold Betrayal Reviews

  • Skip
    2019-05-08 20:49

    To be fair, 3.5 stars. Ali is asked by her daughter-in-law, Athena, to help her grandmother, who someone has tried to kill by turning on the gas stove in the middle of the night in Bemidji, MN. Meanwhile, back in sunny Arizona, a young woman flees from a cult compound, fearing for her life and her unborn child's. Sister Anselm is called to assist in her role as patient advocate, and Ali brings not only her tenacious will, but the seemingly limitless resources of High Noon Enterprises to help determine illicit activity by the cult. Eventually (and unrealistically I hasten to add), the governor of Arizona calls Ali to explain the situation and develop a solution. Jance writes a decent thriller and her characters are thoughtful, well-developed, and compelling.

  • Donna
    2019-05-05 18:43

    This is my first novel by this author and I really liked this one. There was probably some unnecessary back story that wasn't needed in this, but other than that, it was well written.There were two different story lines going that remained separate. The only thing they had in common was the person trying to solve the two different cases. I was hooked from the beginning. I wanted to see how things would play out. There were some great twists along the way and this had a nice pace. I liked the MC and the people in her life. I will say that there was probably more red tape and problems with this story that would exist in real life, but that is not a deal breaker for me. Sometimes too much of that type of info just feels like 'filler'. So appreciated the fact that a fine tooth comb wasn't used at every turn.

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-05-04 17:02

    This series is one of three that J.A. Jance writes, and it is interesting to see how Ali Reynolds has evolved as a character along the way, from TV anchor, sheriff’s deputy and a questionable marriage to the newlywed wife of B. Simpson, and who gets deeply involved in contemporary situations. In this latest novel, two subjects, if not three, arise: polygamous cults, elderly persons being taken advantage of and, perhaps, the mistreatment of women. How’s that for a mouthful?It all starts a dozen years ago when a teen-age mother takes her baby and runs away from a group called The Family in Colorado Springs, AZ, only to end up in the hospital barely alive. Sister Anselm is called to serve as her advocate, but both patients die from the apparent beatings they had endured. Then history seems to repeat itself, as a lone pregnant woman is hit by a car on a remote country road near Flagstaff and the Sister is again called to serve. As a result, Sister Anselm and Ali, who has been asked to help, are drawn into a situation that leads to a much more frightening scenario.Meanwhile, Ali becomes involved with the plight of her daughter-in-law’s grandmother, whose competency is being questioned. Apparently, one night the grandmother is awakened by her dog’s barking to discover all the gas jets open and her home filled with gas. The police find no evidence of a break-in and conclude that she left them open. Consequently her son and his wife arrange for her to be examined by a doctor. Using the resources of B’s high-tech security firm, Ali arranges for the house to be wired for secret surveillance and to audit the woman’s bank accounts, from which about $60,000 has been fraudulently withdrawn.The two plots are then used to take a look into cults and the abuse of women and the elderly. These are topics that lend themselves to an exciting page-turner, and the author certainly knows how to weave them into an electrifying finale.Recommended.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-03 17:13

    Another really good book in this series. I always get sucked into these books, and I can't wait to see what happens next. I am a huge fan of Sister Anselm. She's a whippersnapper! This story got my ire going for sure.Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine for the March 2015 issue.

  • Beth
    2019-04-23 21:02

    I enjoy this series more than the others, although the Beaumont series is my very favorite. Jance's plots are often very topical and interesting. Her character backgrounds and development are interesting as well, although she tends to endow some of her characters with rather super-human capabilities ( Stu, the computer guy...Sister Anselm whose vast network of political and social connections seems to accomplish the difficult often and the impossible regularly...a "hero" governor who carries a gun and takes part in a dangerous confrontation with the baddies, and even Leland--Alfred to Ali's Batman). It did annoy me that that same governor refused to accept the misgivings of Ali about an official and that mistake led to unpleasantness. Not that the recipient didn't deserve it, but the gov screwed up on that one. One reason I can't give this one a 4 or 5 star rating is what I feel is a weakness in many of her books. Her dialogue is often awkward, inappropriate, and even, I think, inauthentic. Especially the words she puts into the mouths of the baddies. (Not that I'd know how real baddies sound, but the words sometimes seem unlikely to me.) And even some of her "good guy" characters say some weird things. One of them expressed annoyance and impatience with her sweet old dog who was afraid to go out to the dog run without her owner. That seemed unkind and unworthy of this character. And this one REALLY got to me...Ali expressed a worry to her daughter-in-law Athena that Athena's children, Ali's own grandchildren, mind you, might not turn out to be good people like their parents, but turn out to be horrible, like their other grandparents, Athena's truly awful mother and father. Jeesh!! Even if Ali as loving grandparent was worried about the DNA on the in-law side of the family, she should never have said that to the very sweet and admirable mother of these children. Ok, end of rant. And I must say her books are diverting and enjoyable...even when I have quibbles with how some of the conversations go.

  • Michael
    2019-04-30 16:06

    When a young pregnant woman is hit by a car near Flagstaff, Arizona, she's brought to the hospital and opens up a hidden world where a religious cult was active.At the hospital is Sister Anselm, a patient advocate who deeply cares for those who don't have a voice in their own behalf. The woman gives birth but both she and her daughter are in critical condition.Before lapsing into unconsciousness, the defenseless woman pleads with the young man who drove the care that hit her accidentally, please don't let them take me back.With this plea, Sister Anselm stays at Enid's side and tells her friend, Ali Reynolds, who is police academy trained and works at her husband's computer technology company.Both Ali and Sister Anselm are there when a confrontation occurs by two authoritative men from The Family who have come to bring Enid and her daughter back. This was an excellent scene that is well described by the author, J.A. Jance.The story continues and we observe the manner in which the man at the cult treat their wives and how certain young girls disappear in the middle of the night.As this goes on, a parallel story involves a senior citizen, Betsy Peterson who is awakened by her dog one night and finds the gas has been turned on in her stove. If the dog hadn't awakened Betsy, she might have been killed. Betsy is the grandmother of Athena who is Ali's daughter-in-law.With two dramatic story lines, the action moves nicely and the characters are well described and easy to root for. It's easy for the reader to feel empathy for both and both parts of the story treat meaningful situations in today's society, elder abuse and human trafficking along with religious cults who go to the extremes in their treatment of the people under their spell.J.A. Jance is an excellent author and knows how to tell a compelling story. I didn't want this story to end because it was so good but I did want to see the villains get what was coming to them.The novel is skillfully plotted and recommended. Don't miss it.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-23 17:12

    If you give up on this book too soon you will be disappointed. I admit that the book started much too slow for me and when I ran into the paragraphs that completely recapped that horrible novella ”The Last Good-bye", I was ready to close the book and totally write it off. Yet, there was something that drew me back. Maybe it was Betsy, the grandmother of Ali Reynolds’s daughter-in-law, and someone messing with her independence – think elder abuse, but as soon as polygamy and Colorado City was brought in as a second plotline, I was hooked. I know that sounds voyeuristic, but it did spice the book up.Though Leland will always be my favorite character in these books, Sister Anselm is a close second. When she is called in to be a patient advocate of a young girl and her newborn daughter, she has no idea the can of worms she has opened when it turns out that Enid is a runaway from The Family. Sitting by her bedside, Sister Anselm is reminded of another girl, that looked very similar, that died more than a decade before. Not sure if the two situations could be related, she calls in her friend Ali Reynolds to help. Betsy’s problems are put on the back burner with Stu and the remainder of High Noon Enterprises team while B. Simpson and Ali race around Arizona trying to get the bottom the illegal activities on the compound before more women and children are put in harm’s way. I am not sure why two very different stories were told in the same book. Neither story relates to the other and when the reader is thoroughly enmeshed in the brutal-ness of the cult, suddenly Betsy’s problems are thrown back in and you lose your pace. There is no real depth to Jance’s books so the reader can easily pick them up and put them down as life gets in the way, but without being too disparaging, I will admit that there is still an entertaining cord and memorable characters running through and that is what keeps me reading them.

  • BJ
    2019-05-05 23:56

    Love this series! Ali and B are newly married and already involved in not 1 but 2 mysteries. The first involves Ali's daughter-in-law, Athena and her grandmother, Betsy. Betsy is afraid someone is trying to kill her and the local authorities think they are just dealing with a crazy old lady. Ali steps in with the help of B's company, High Noon, with surveillance to discover who the culprit is. The second mystery is much larger in scale and involves a polygamist community and a cold case from 12 years ago. In the end, the governor gets involved, as well as Interpol, FBI, SWAT teams, and shelters for domestic abuse. This book had a lot going on and kept me interested to the very end!

  • Sandy Bartles
    2019-04-26 18:48

    Fantastic Book!I enjoyed reading another of J.A. Jance's books featuring Ali Reynolds. There are actually two stories in one. One involves a polygamous cult and the other a story involving Ali's daughter-in-law's grandmother. The author did a fantastic job of making me want her to hurry back to the story she wasn't telling at the time. Each story was fantastic and really held my interest.

  • Russ
    2019-04-27 22:43

    I call these books my "2 day mysteries" because that's how long it takes to read them (or less). I've written enough reviews of J.A. Jance that I don't need to write another one.

  • Leah B
    2019-05-13 23:03

    I will preface this review by stating that I've been bored with books lately. I'm an avid reader and nothing has wowed me recently; it has become quite frustrating. By branching out into books I would normally pass up by choosing them based on Goodreads synopses, I came across this book. With 4.04 stars, I felt somewhat confident. So, it was with the hopes of discovering the reading experience that makes one hear baby angels singing that I began this journey with J.A. Jance. The angels didn't sing. They cried. They sobbed.This writing style is the worst I've ever encountered. First, the author feels the need to reiterate information that has just been delivered to the reader. Example: protagonist has a convo with a nun. Protagonist's husband later asks what was said. Protagonist uses at least a paragraph to re-explain the convo to her husband, literally the same information with little paraphrasing, all within one to two pages (Samsung Galaxy pages.) This happened so often I was skipping and skimming quite a bit to get to parts that I didn't already know about.Second, details are often included which don't add anything at all to the plot or character development. For example, the mannerisms and habits of Ali's dog Bella are detailed, to the point that they seem important to keep in mind. Nope. Do we need to know that when a pizza is delivered to a maternity ward, two other people try to collect it because they ordered pizza too? It feels like the author does both of these things to add size to the story. If these instances were taken out, this story would be 1/3 the size. Also, I prefer dialogue (as most people would, I think) that is realistic. You aren't going to get that here. It almost seemed like a parody of social interactions versus people's actual encounters with each other. Additionally, towards the climax of the story, some acronyms are used that aren't (in my opinion) general knowledge. Finally (and the most frustrating thing about this damn book), once I got past all the filler, the plot was enticing and I was racing to find out what happened. And I couldn't be more disappointed (pissed is the actual word.) There is a ton of buildup to a raid that doesn't really happen and the mystery of a body's identity is never revealed. It's amazing how the author puts so much detail into things that are completely irrelevant, yet skimps heavily when shit gets interesting. After finishing this book, I stayed up way too late writing this review because of the level of irritation it left. How did this get 4 stars?!?! I read in other reviews that this is the best of the Ali Reynolds series. And it's #10. I have no idea how this author is this popular writing this way. The plot did move quickly eventually and got rather exciting which is the only reason I'm giving it 2 stars. If this story was written by Taylor Stevens, it could have been amazing. Sadly, in J.A. Jance's hands, it flopped miserably.

  • John W.
    2019-05-14 20:09

    J. A. Jance’s COLD BETRAYAL is a mystery thriller written around her main character Ali Reynolds. Jance creates support characters and their importance to the story as she introduces them. Readers become Reynolds’ shadow seeing her use her investigative skills and using the cyber-sleuthing skills of her husband’s company. The author writes two stories running side by side but neither story is connected. Reynolds is focusing on solving family in-law issues and she helps Sister Anselm protect a young woman. Circumstances are not what they seem to be. First Ali Reynolds and Sister Anselm investigate details surrounding a young mother afraid for her safety. The other plot features Reynolds answering a cry for help from her daughter-in-law Anthena. Her elderly grandmother fears someone is trying to kill her. Both plots have a fast moving pace keeping readers on their toes to follow the turn of events. Reynolds and Sister Anselm come to terms with what the young woman is facing. Jance gives her readers the history the polygamous community and the feeling of all women are property. Reynolds and Anselm find proof of corruption, manipulation, kidnapping, bondage, and human trafficking. Each of the plots of COLD BETRAYAL change directions swirling around Reynolds on a personal level as she helps her daughter-in-law deal with family members betrayal and Reynolds helps her friend Sister Anselm unveil deal with betrayal the young woman are experiencing. Jance throws twists and turns at her readers making sure she continues to inform them of what is going to happens.Readers will find themselves holding their breath as Jance delivers the action packed events in BETRAYAL , moving at warp speed between events in Flagstaff, Arizona and Bemidji, Minnesota. Ali Reynolds and Sister Anselm use political clout, Interpol, FBI, and state law enforcement agencies to bring those responsible to justice. After reading the last page of COLD BETRAYAL, Jance’s readers are be left thinking about the social issues she has exposed. This story is a must read and earns a five star ranking.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-21 20:44

    Cold Betrayal is the tenth book in the Ali Reynolds series by author J.A. Jance. I have read every book in the series and have found it to be a great series. Cold Betrayal is a great addition to the series.Ali Reynolds is involved in two different issues in Cold Betrayal. The issue of elder abuse was tackled in that Ali's daughter-in-law was dealing with her parents financially abusing her grandmother. I found this story to be very interesting. The issue was polygamous sects in Arizona and the abuse of girls and women by the sect. In a story ripped from the headlines, I found this story to be very similar to the Mt. Carmel incident in Texas. Betty Webb has been doing an amazing job writing stories about the polygamous sects in Arizona already.Cold Betrayal was a very enjoyable read. I always look forward to reading J.A. Jance's books. I continue to be astounded that polygamous sects are even allowed to exist to the US (and in Canada - Bountiful, BC). Cold Betrayal highlights the horrors that can happen to women in a closed society where women are treated as second class citizens.Always enjoy reading J.A. Jance. The Ali Reynolds series is my favorite of hers. Be sure to give Cold Betrayal a read.

  • Linda
    2019-05-21 20:57

    I was given an ARC by a librarian friend to read and review. I am a longtime fan of JA Jance and her several series. That revealed, however, I still must say that this newest Ali Reynolds book is a winner. Jance continues to develop the same likable characters, add a current topic or two (elder abuse and domestic abuse with far-reaching consequences) and place them in a fast-paced suspense/thriller. Ali teams up again with Sister Anselm when a pregnant unidentified teenager ends up in the hospital after being hit by a car. There seems to be a connection to a long ago unsolved Jane Doe death that still haunts Sister Anselm. As Ali pulls out all the stops to help the current Jane Doe, she is also asked to aid in a more personal situation. The grandmother of Ali's daughter-in-law is being "gas lighted" by unknown persons and is afraid she will be declared incompetent. With the help of Ali's husband's tech team, law enforcement and government agencies Ali is able to resolve both mysteries in a believable manner. Jance continues to engage and satisfy with her suspense/thriller writing and I will recommend that my librarian friend add this one to the library's collection.

  • Sally Ember
    2019-05-19 00:10

    J.A. Jance J. A. Jance has three series, all of which I've read into extensively. I enjoy them all, but Ali Reynolds is my favorite protagonist of the three (Sheriff Joanna Brady and Detective J.P. Beaumont are the other two). Reynolds has progressed through the series (this is book 10) well, growing into her middle-age years with senior parents, teen and young-adult charges, friends and a husband to add to her senior butler/caretaker and dog who live in northern Arizona.This story has four moving parts, three of which come together nicely but one stays somewhat outside the other two, which makes me wonder why she included it at all. Jance also drops the original narrator's perspective early on and never returns to it, which I found understandable, at first, due to circumstances, but later, odd. The themes and subjects are not for the faint-at-heart: trigger warnings abound.Still, it kept my interest and I finished it, something I rarely do with books these days.Recommended if you're a fan of the series. If not, start at the beginning and you will become one!

  • Jack Okorn
    2019-05-13 18:55

    What can you really say about JA Jance? This is another great book in the Ali Reynolds series. It really amazes me how JA Jance can take her characters into so many places and have them come into contact with some many different people. This book will take you into two different mysteries. My one draw back of maybe complaint is that Ali has pulled away from her Cut Loose Blog? I started reading this series because of the technology draw and feel that the books once had. I know now that she is married to B with all of his tech talk could be a replacement I just feel that she should still be blogging about what is happening in her life? I am sure her blog reader would want to hear what is happening? I also feel that she could have asked her readers of the blog if they knew of anything of this type of cult she was investigating? Still a really great read and it was hard to put it down. I just finished the book in a solid three hours of reading. But before you read this one start at the beginning and read the entire series.

  • Clearview Library District
    2019-05-21 20:50

    Cold Betrayal by J A Jance is a bit of a departure from her usual fare. True, it is an Ali Reynolds novel, but it goes much beyond that. Jance explores the inner workings of an extremist sect of the LDS church in a remote area of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon. This story tells of the depravity humans can achieve. From forcable marriages of 15 year old girls and early pregnancy and the total subjugation of women in their sect to human trafficking of young girls who do not measure up and are not “ chosen”, this book will grab you and take you to places some readers may not wish to go.Almost as an aside, there is a companion story about a friend’s grandmother who is systematically being robbed by her daughter-in-law and who is trying to get the old woman declared incompetent so that she and her husband can control the old lady’s estate. I think this is one Jance’s best works and well worth the reading.In truth, I though the ending was a little over the top, but I am not the writer, merely an observer.Bruce

  • Ed
    2019-05-04 23:43

    #10 in the Ali Reynolds series. 3 months into her married life with tech guru B Simpson, Ali finds herself with two investigations. First, someone is harassing daughter-in-law Athena's grandmother Betsy. The baddie is obvious from the start but it's fun to watch the trap being laid and snapped shut. Second, Sister Anselm calls her to the bedside of a young pregnant runaway who gave birth after being struck by a car. She was escaping a polygamous cult in a secluded corner of Arizona. It turns out not to be a case of polygamy among consenting adults - the brides aren't adult, they aren't consenting, and the cash to support the cult isn't coming from legal sources.#10 - Ali (Alison) Reynolds series - Ali Reynolds is drawn into two complicated domestic dramas. First, her daughter-in-law Athena asks her to assist her grandmother Betsy, who believes someone has tried to kill her in her own home. Then Ali is summoned by her longtime friend Sister Anselm to help identify and care for a young girl who was injured and gave birth while on the run from a polygamous cult.

  • Jo Dervan
    2019-05-19 19:51

    After a pregnant teen escapes from a polygamist sect in remote Arizona, she and her baby are hunted down. However she is involved in a car accident during the pursuit and taken to a local hospital. That is where her Patient Advocate, Sister Anselm and Ali Reynolds meet the teen and realize that she is part of the cult. They spend the rest of the book trying to have the encampment raided and to discover an unsolved murder mystery of a Jane Doe and her baby. Ali is aided by the high tech services of her new husband's security company as well as the courage of the elderly Sister Anselm. Ali also uses the same resources to solve a mystery in MN to find out who is trying rob the elderly grandmother of Ali's stepdaughter.

  • Esther
    2019-04-28 19:57

    Since this author is so prolific, I decided to step outside my usual preference and try this book when I received an advance proof from Goodreads. I've rated it 4 stars since it was well-written and I believe it will appeal to readers who prefer a soft approach to suspense. The main plot involves a cult that will ring familiar to some news stories from recent years. A second, unrelated plot revolves around threats made to the mother of the main characters daughter-in-law; possibly more about these characters in future books. The author does a good job of making it clear as the book moves from the main plot to the second. Recommend for cozy mystery readers.

  • Ann
    2019-05-17 19:50

    This is a wonderful story with two intertwining story lines. There is a compound known as "the family" that deals in child trafficking and an older woman who someone is trying to kill. Ali is helping out an old friend who is convinced that a hit and run accident today is connected to a Jane Doe death from years ago. Ali is also helping her daughter-in-law with her grandmother who has been having a lot of "accidents" and who has discovered that someone is stealing from her bank accounts. This is the first Ali Reynolds book I've read and I'm going to be finding the first nine soon. J.A. Jance is a prolific writer and this series is a good one.

  • Wendy Hearder-moan
    2019-05-16 18:59

    I enjoyed this book and would have given it 4 stars except for two things. First, the dialogue: everyone speaks with the same voice, which is grammatically correct and verging on elegant. Second, in retrospect it seemed as if the author started out to write one book and got sidetracked into writing another (not enough material to sustain the first?). It didn't bother me at all while I was reading it because I always expected the two stories to merge and wondered how on earth it could happen. Turns out it didn't!

  • Karen
    2019-05-05 20:10

    I enjoyed this novel, my first Ali Reynolds book. The relationship between Ali and Sr. Anselm felt real and provided a good foundation for the events of the story. The two plot lines, one involving Betsy, the grandmother of Ali's daughter-in-law and the other involving a young run-away from a polygamist family, weave about one another, not joining, but intersecting via Ali, who remains at the center through it all.

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-29 18:04

    One thing I especially like about J. A. Jance's series is that each story focuses on complex current events, this one on human trafficking, among other problematic issues. I also enjoy the close intermingling of human interactions, intricate mysteries, and devoted friend and family connections. I'm looking forward to reading the cross-over book between Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady, but have a couple of the latter series to catch up with first. Will get there soon.

  • Nancy Ellis
    2019-04-30 16:04

    Two very good plots running through this book: one involving an injured runaway from a religious cult compound, the other involving Ali's daughter-in-law's grandmother who believes someone is trying to kill her. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and the story lines keep me reading straight through the books.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-26 15:47

    I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway. This is the first book I have read by J.A. Jance, although they have been on my radar, and I will definitely read more. This was a quick read, easy to follow and moved quickly. There weren't any major edge-of-your-seat moments, but it was still a great book to bring along on vacation or curl up with on the couch.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-13 17:07

    My first official read through of J.A. Jance (I have several books but haven't read them as of yet). I wasn't disappointed. A fast pace story, that was entertaining, but not all surprising. Will definitely be reading the rest of this series and checking out the other series by Miss Jance.

  • Amber Polo
    2019-04-26 21:04

    Human trafficking Colorado City and elder abuse. Why do I feel she’s talking down to readers or preaching. As usual, a good entertaining story but no surprises. To me the writing was lacked depth and with a heroine who has it all there is not much suspense.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-27 22:44

    I enjoyed this audio book! It was entertaining and suspenseful. It's focus was about cults.

  • Harry Addington
    2019-04-22 22:06

    I like this series and I have apparently missed a few. Will have to catch up.