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Judgment Call: Joanna Brady Mysteries | [J. A. Jance]

Judgment Call: Joanna Brady Mysteries

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....
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Publisher's Summary

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems.

Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers. It seems the quiet, upstanding principal had a hidden past, full of mysterious secrets she'd successfully kept buried for years. As the seasoned sheriff juggles professional constraints and personal demands, she finds herself walking a fine line between justice and family that has never been so blurred.

©2012 J.A. Jance (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Anne 09-24-12
    Anne 09-24-12
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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Judgment Call the most enjoyable?

    I have loved all the Joanna Brady Mysteries and enjoy all the characters and personalities. Every new book I think is it going to be as good? but they just got better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Joanna, she has had so many experiences to knock her down but she remains positive and proactive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Joanna' mother giving her praise at the end of the aution


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Joanna solves the puzzle again.


    Any additional comments?

    J.A. Jance please keep all your characters going and give us many more stories to enjoy and thanks for all the ones already published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Butte, MT, United States 09-21-12
    Diana Butte, MT, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ops, They caught me. I thought I did it right!"
    If you could sum up Judgment Call in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the twists.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I finished it in 24 hours. The twists kept me guessing as to which way they would turn, and if I was right.


    What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She became all the different characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I hated the step-brother because he could not or would not understand what the father was doing, and how much the sister gave up just for doing the right thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 09-07-12

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    "JOANNA AT HER BEST!"
    What did you love best about Judgment Call?

    The fact that Joanna is still a tough Sheriff yet a wife and mother. She's dealing with one of the toughest type of crimes from both views.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much on edge, but a typically good J.A. Jance story.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    Joanna


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just the reaction coming from a mother/grandmother viewpoint


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Piazza 08-28-12
    Gail Piazza 08-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Surprising conclusion!"
    What made the experience of listening to Judgment Call the most enjoyable?

    The mingling of the colorful characters and their surprising roles in the story was most enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The constant twist in the story kept me from solving the crime.


    What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hillary gave the characters individuality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to keep myself monitored from listening from start to finish in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Puyallup, WA, United States 08-27-12
    Don Puyallup, WA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Story But BAD Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The storyline was good and typical of what a small town sherriff would encounter. I liked the mix of Joanna's personal and professional life being weaved into the story. There were no real surprises or twists, just a narration of what a murder investigation is about to Joanna Brady.


    Would you recommend Judgment Call to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator is extremely bad. Distracted a lot from the story line. Perhaps if there was a different narrator I would recommend the book.


    What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

    This narrator has a smarmy, bored, toneless narration. There was very little inflection. No voice characterizations of the different characters in the story, and her voice sounds like she is very bored and distracted. It sounds like she has no interest in telling the story. Smarmy, nasal, and bored are what comes to mind when I listen to the narrator's voice.

    Why would you pick her to read a best seller? Surely there are better qualified narrators available. Was she picked because she works the cheapest? It is mystifying to me why audible would have a bad narrator read a good book.


    Did Judgment Call inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Please be more careful in choosing narrators. Why in the world would you think this narrator would appeal to any listener??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen T Dillenbeck Thonotosassa, FL, United States 08-27-12
    Kathleen T Dillenbeck Thonotosassa, FL, United States 08-27-12

    Gang Mills Kathy

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    "Her Best Brady Novel Yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Judgment Call the most enjoyable?

    Jance quickly pulls you into this latest and best Joanna Brady novel. The interaction between Joanna and her family is an integral part of the story and revelations about the past offer insight into the present.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Joanna Brady and her family.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    J.A. Jance needs to write faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Augusta, MO, United States 08-26-12
    Mary Augusta, MO, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad narator"
    What made the experience of listening to Judgment Call the most enjoyable?

    Good story.


    What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

    Her voice seemed too 'cigarette and whiskey'.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the voice was distracting to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of J A Jance, but will watch who the narrators are in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice United States 08-23-12
    Janice United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Really surpassed all expectations!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, this has been the best Sherif Brady book so far and hasanswered so many unanswered questions from past books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How she tied-in the past stories.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    No favorite, she does them all very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! ! Both


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 08-20-12
    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "You Gotta Wait for It..."

    If you think this will be a book that enthralls you from the beginning...oops, not so much. Eventually all is well as the story builds and it all makes sense. Perhaps it is the teenage connection that makes me hesitant. I has been a while since I had teenagers so I didn't want to think about them again. Joanna is her usual tough self and everything is wrapped up in a neat bundle. So all is well that ends well, just not so exciting getting there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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