None of the three books in this particular Jance series compare favorably with her others, but this one, I would rate the lowest. Although I found the..Show More » stories of the Tohono O'Odham tribe interesting, I thought her Tohono O'Odham characters themselves were very idealized and quite unbelievable. The writing/storyline itself bogged down badly as well.
This review should not discourage anyone away from her other series, though -- especially the Joanna Brady ones.
I have read some of the Joanna Brady series books by J.A. Jance and although I enjoyed them, I found the characters a little too wooden. Although Day..Show More » of the Dead seems to be an obvious attempt to recreate Tony Hillerman's works, that is fine with me. Although she uses so many characters it is hard to keep them straight for an audio listener, I thought her characterizations where much better than in previous works and the story seemed tighter. I do get a bit tired however of writers who always have children who are "straight A students," men who are "ruggedly handsome," or women who are so beautuful they put others "to shame." Although we know "who did it" from virtually the begining of the book, the enjoyment in this book is in the pursuit. I hope in her next book, she uses the geography of the southwest to greater effect. Hillerman does a much better job with that.
J. A. Jance is on my very favorites list, but this one I wouldn't recommend for listening -- too many characters names, dates and times flash by too q..Show More »uickly. In a book I would have just flipped back a few pages to make sure of the character's name, etc. but with an I-pod that wasn't an option. If I had to do it over again I'd buy the book.
That said, I did love the story
I enjoyed the story but feel the inclusion of J P Beaumont was just a way to get readers of that series to buy this book. I would rather have wai..Show More »ted another year for a Beaumont novel. With little more than a chapter's involvement, I was left wanting a Beaumont story.