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Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense | [J. A. Jance]

Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense

Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona's Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery. An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.
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Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona's Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money's origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It's up to Joanna to find out.

©2014 J.A. Jance (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-25-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A tale of family dysfunction"

    My introduction to J. A. Jance was a book in the middle of the Joanna Brady series. I enjoyed it so much I read the entire series then started on the Beaumont series. I was so glad to see a new book in the Brady series; I thought she had forgotten about. The book starts out in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where a daughter of a hoarder is forced to return to her mother’s house. Lisa Machett’s mother Thelma is dying and Lisa needs to deal with Thelma’s affairs. In cleaning the house she discovers a large amount of cash. People who help Lisa are killed; Thelma’s house is burned down on the day of her funeral. Dr. Machetts is found murdered and tortured in his home in Bixby, Arizona. He is Lisa’s half brother.

    Sheriff Joanna Brady is also dealing with the murder of Junior Dowdle, a long time character in the series, along with Junior’s body is a number of dead and mutated kittens, rabbit and small dog. Gradually the two plots weave together to form a compelling tale of family dysfunction and murder. This is a complicated read that moves forward at a rapid pace. As usual J. A. Jance has written an interesting tale. Hillary Huber did a good job narrating the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 07-28-14
    Rhonda 07-28-14
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    Where does Remains of Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an interesting storyline but the terrible narration took away from the audio book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have acted like she was enjoying reading the story. I've heard children with more emotion in their reading than this narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 07-27-14
    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Tired Narrator"
    What did you like best about Remains of Innocence? What did you like least?

    The two separate stories are intriguing and held my interest. I kept listening because of the story. The narrator was awful. I've read Joanna Brady mysteries previously and have imagined her as energetic but in the hands of this narrator she is tired and a "one note" character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is read with such low energy I can't say I had a favorite character, it was the plot that was my favorite part of the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator with more energy would definitely be in order. With audio books the narrator is the make or break part of the book. In this case the reader "broke" the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 07-25-14
    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Story; Awful Narration"

    Another good one from J.A. Jance. The narration was terrible. The book was not "performed." It was simply read. For the first 1/3 of the book there was no voice change at all from man to woman to adult to child. An identical voice for all. This meant paying close attention to a conversation because it was easy to lose track of who was talking. Then suddenly, one of the lead characters developed a slight Boston accent. This (as opposed to the story line) almost made me jump out of my chair. Then the accent went away; later it came back; and so on. There were a few other stabs at the occasional accent, but for the most part everyone had the same voice. This was really strange.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barb nashville, TN, United States 08-29-14
    barb nashville, TN, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "too farfetched"

    good story-line until Elisa became fatally stupid with house burning, involvement of bread truck mafia, etc... this is first tape of many that were so ridiculous that I had to stop listening .....Joanna, Elisa should have jumped into the same hole as the mentally challenged 60 yr old.... and who casts a heavily NJ accent into the role of an authority in a Western town??

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    Sandra 08-27-14
    Sandra 08-27-14 Member Since 2003

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Engaging and Complicated Plot Line"

    This is a continuation of the stories about Joanna Brady and being Sheriff. The plot incorporates several different families, personalities, and plot lines to create an exceptionally good read.

    It's interesting to see how authors develop their craft. J.A.Jance is certainly developing and getting better. Then, too, from past stories, I wonder how long she's been trying to get rid of one of the characters--a thoroughly disagreeable person.

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    Kristen Halsey Apopka, FL United States 08-19-14
    Kristen Halsey Apopka, FL United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite Joanna Brady Novell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book draws you in to one character that I hope makes a permanent additional to Bisbee.


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    lora 08-04-14
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    "Always amazed"
    If you could sum up Remains of Innocence in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing captivating loss


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Remains of Innocence?

    Learning that Guy had a family and understanding why he was a jerk.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When liza(sorry about the spelling if it's wrong) was placed in protection by her employer


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

    Lost innocence


    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of the best stories. I love it when authors can bring life into a story and realize the story can take place outside of the normal plot area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian C. Honey Portland, OR 07-28-14
    Adrian C. Honey Portland, OR 07-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Confusing"
    What did you like best about Remains of Innocence? What did you like least?

    Really.ime the family being included of the Sherrif.


    What could J. A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ade theconnectiontothectwostories flow better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tried but failed east coast verbage.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Most books get lost I movie..


    Any additional comments?

    Justnotreally as good as her others.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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