Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
I've often thought that J. A. Jance and I must be sisters -- clearly we had the same mother. No other way she could have created some of these "difficult women" other than to have experienced it herself. In Dead Wrong, two of the female characters she brings in are so spot-on with what I remember from my own family that I'm convinced Jance must have been hiding under the table and taking notes on the conversations. Love it, just love it -- made me laugh many times over. I remember, I remember!
The Joanna Brady series is one of my very favorites in all of literature. Reading -- or listening to -- another installment is like meeting old friends. The stories are just excellent -- real life, real people, real situations -- well, maybe that one where Joanna, under assault out there in the desert somewhere, takes off her bra and uses it as a slingshot to off one of the bad guys is a little bit of a stretch but for the most part, these books are fun because they're so believable.
As far as I know, this is the first Joanna Brady book narrated by Stephanie Brush, and I have to say I love that too! I became a fan of Brush's in her narration of "Crow in Stolen Colors" by Marcia Simpson, and then again in Simpson's "Sound Tracks", two other really excellent books, these set in Alaska. I thought her voice -- and subtle little unidentifiable accent -- was perfect for those out-of-the mainstream tales, but now I see that it's also perfect for that of Joanna Brady. Very good choice -- and makes an already wonderful book that much better.
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