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4.0 out of 5 starsAnother Worthy Read in the Series
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2019
This was another good read in a series I'm growing to love more and more. The books can be read in sequence, but even if you don't, there's enough back story to fill in the history. Their are some continuity issues in the series. In this book, Joanna meets her fiance's parents who remark they are still in contact with his second ex wife. But in "The Thin Blue Line", the novella that describes how Butch and Joanna met, that wife was murdered BEFORE he met Joanna. Also, there is a reference to one of her animal control officers coming out of the hospital after a lengthy stay and lengthy PT after being beat nearly to death, but in other books it references her lengthy hospital stay being tied to a shooting. Still the plots are intriquing and engaging and the writing well done. I've aleady purchased the entire series.
Sheriff Joanna Brady is frantically making last minute preparations for her upcoming wedding. Add to her stress, her close neighbor is found dead in his vehicle in his own garage. His daughter accuses Joanna of killing him. Along with the two situations a woman recently released from 8 years in prison is found murdered and her young teen-age daughter is missing. Trying handle all these different situations has Joanna pulled pretty thin. She depends heavily on her detectives and assistant deputy. Through numerous challenges and steps to solve two murders and a lost girl, Joanna holds it together. You feel for her. She suffers a severe blow close to home, but makes it through...
J.A. Jance mysteries are fast-paced and gives you a hope for this world. She is honest and fair. She wants to do what she told voters she would do. She and her officers go all out in trying to find the bad guy. She has near death experiences. I like this character.
5.0 out of 5 starsWill she ever get down the aisle?
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2014
J. A. Jance never disappoints me. I particularly like her character, Joanna Brady, a police chief in a small Arizona town. She is supposed to be getting ready for her marriage to Butch, but a few murders seem to be getting in the way. She also has strange in-laws arriving on her doorstep, and a super catastrophe almost throws the wedding plans akimbo. Through it all Joanna is the professional law enforcement officer we have come to expect, but there are moments when her feelings show through. It is an exciting and appealing chapter in Joanna's life.
Well, I don't think it is the best one in the series, but it is a very good read. The most shocking scenes have to do with what happened to Joanna Brady's dogs and home, but it would be a disservice to tell you more. The book has the very happy ending toward which several books in the series have been leading. I like the protagonist and the settings enough that I am reading all of the books in order. If you have not read any of them yet, you probably shouldn't start with this one. Ideally, start with No. 1, DESERT HEAT.
This is a great book, as are all of Jance's novels. This series is addicting. You finish one book, you are ready for the next. It feels like your family and things that happen are exciting. The reader becomes part of the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsA LOT OF SUBSTANCE IN THE LIFE OF SHERIFF BRADY
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2015
Loved the twists and turns of this book. However, the reader (audible) of this book did a terrible job with the pronunciation of local names - just two. Huachuca is pronounced Wa-choo-ka. Houghton is pronounced How-ten. It was like fingernails on a blackboard. She should have done her research. After actually contacting J. A. Jance and immediately getting an answer, I was told that the author has no control over the reader. It would be nice if the author did but...otherwise - really, really enjoyed the book.
This was my first Brady novel - I had already read almost all of her Ali Reynold's books. I actually enjoyed it, although I found it hard to get used to another female law enforcement officer - Have also started her J.P. Beaumont series, and like all her books, find them very hard to put down until they are finished. I highly recommend all her novels.