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Sheriff Joanna Brady’s best intentions to stay on maternity leave take a hit when a serial homicide case rocks Cochise County, dragging her into a far-reaching investigation to bring down a relentless killer in this chilling tale of suspense from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance.

This time, Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long-unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

Filled with the beloved characters, small-town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady series perennial best-sellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J. A. Jance’s legion of fans.

©2018 J. A. Jance (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-17-18

A Great Series

A Joanna Brady novel was the first book I read in the J.A. Jance series. I was so impressed by Jance’s writing skills that I read all this series and the other two series. Jance is a master storyteller.

In this book, Joanna Brady is up for election for her 3rd term as sheriff. In fact, she delivers a baby girl on election night. She won the election, but her maternity leave is cut short by a serial killer. There is a new character in this book, Deputy Sheriff Garth Raymond. There is a lot of back story telling to bring readers up to date about Raymond.

The book is well written. I am unhappy about the serial killer subject. I am so tired of this subject. It is great to visit with all the regular characters and a pleasant visit to Arizona. Jance does a great job working descriptions of the Arizona scenery into the story. I am looking forward to the next episode.

The book is ten hours and 48 minutes. Hillary Haber does an excellent job narrating the book. Haber is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. She is a multiple Earphone Award winner as well as a multiple Audie Award Finalist. Haber won the Audiofile Magazine’s “Best Voice in Biography and Culture” in 2010.

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Joanna's World

Field of Bones
(Joanna Brady #18)
by J.A. Jance

Joanna Brady is back. Baby Sage is almost due while her mommy is standing for re-election. This book is told from multiple points of view. While Joanna is on maternity leave, a serial killers dumping ground is found in Cochise County. Her department works the case with Joanna doing work behind the scenes. There is plenty of suspense.

We get to see familiar characters, but new deputies give a fresh feel. Old problems with gossip "news reporter" gossip Marliss Shackleford is back causing havoc.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Hillary Huber is Joanna Brady.



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The Great Sheriff Brady’s Team VS a Serial Killer

This series is getting a little long in the tooth. However, the stories are still good as is the character development. The addition of new characters help rejuvenate the series. There are a few moments in this entry where you have to really question the intelligence of a few of the characters. That’s why I couldn’t rate it solid 5s . I really enjoy this series, but as with so many of them, you have to eventually say goodbye.

Some people have stated that they don’t care for Huber as the narrator. I think she nails it every time.

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if you see something, say something!

quite intense & sadly true. NO MORE "but he seemed such a nice guy" Speakup.

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i read Downfall 1st ... found this next on Audible

i read Downfall 1st ... found this next on Audible... finding J.A. Jance books is tough ... i was lucky enough to find the read at Walmart ... it is like so tough since the to find another ... and the ones u see online for sale are crazily priced ... it is nuts!! i am not going to pay so much ... but i did find this audio book ... felt of characters ... i really appreciate Jance's writing style and i wanna read more ...not sure how that happen .. 'cause as i said they are not easy to find!

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ALWAYS A GOOD LISTE N

Love J A Jance series. Excellent performance and story line. Been with Sheriff Brady from the beginning.

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One of the Best

I have been a J.A. Jance fan for many years and have read the entire Joanna Brady series. Thank you for another nail biting, on the edge of my seat mystery set in Cochise County.

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Another Great Read

Another great book with lots and twist and turns. I have to say the ending how they get the bad guy was great. nice job J. A. Jance

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#Great series

My husband and I love the Joanna Brady series. It has believable stories...you can almost feel the plight of the abducted girls. #small-town, #forensics, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

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Another excellent Johanna Brady book

An excellent story, well told. It holds your interest from the first page until the last.