Joanna Brady

22 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078 ratings

Desert Heat Publisher's Summary

A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.

But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way - because in the desert, the one thing more lethal than a rattler's bite...is the truth.

©1993 J. A. Jance (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Desert Heat

    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 484
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 425
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426

    A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great beginning to a terrific series

    • By CatBookMom on 01-07-12

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 2

    • Tombstone Courage

    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    With grit, courage and dogged determination, Joanne challenged the status quo -- and won. Now, as newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, she must battle the prejudice and hostility of a mistrustful, male-dominated police force -- and solve a grisly double homicide that threatens to tear the sleepy desert community to pieces.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Novice sheriff

    • By Sassy1980 on 11-03-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 3

    • Shoot Don't Shoot

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    A prisoner languishes in a Phoenix jail cell, accused of brutally slaying his estranged wife. No one believes the man is innocent, except the new female sheriff of Cochise County, in town for a crash course in police training. Joanna Brady is out of her jurisdiction?and possibly in over her head. For a human monster is on the prowl, hiding the grisly evidence of his horrific crimes in the vast emptiness of the Arizona desert.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book

    • By Linda on 12-31-09

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 4

    • Dead to Rights

    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bad Narration ruins the book

    • By Jenny on 06-15-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 5

    • Skeleton Canyon

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    A pretty, popular teenager never returned from her secret tryst in Skeleton Canyon. Perhaps it was a youthful rage or savage passion that ripped the life from a child of privilege and abandoned her broken body to the cold Arizona night. Or maybe she stumbled onto something terrible, something too dangerous to know. Now dark secrets about a future hideously destroyed are pulling Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County into a lethal nest of lies and greed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Positive feedback

    • By DM on 10-05-16

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 6

    • Rattlesnake Crossing

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    Sheriff Joanna Brady is the law in Cochise County, and she will never allow her personal trials to interfere with the job she was elected to do - especially now that death has invaded Bisbee, Arizona, and has shattered the small desert town's fragile peace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Seriously odd narrator

    • By karen on 01-13-14

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 7

    • Outlaw Mountain

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Alice Rogers, an elderly widow, is dead, found murdered in the Arizona desert. It's easy enough to pin the killing on the teens caught driving her car across the Mexican border, but Sheriff Brady isn't about to let it go at that. Alice was something of a free spirit, with a penchant for Scotch, the glitter of Las Vegas, and a romance with a man twenty years her junior. Her hot-tempered daughter Susan suspects Mom's boyfriend—her former handyman who moved in instead of moving on.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor narration

    • By Judith E. Dreps on 05-12-17

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 8

    • Devil's Claw

    • Joanna Brady, Book 8
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her personal and professional lives. About to be married, Joanna's facing a daughter turning 12 and going on 20, a meddlesome mother micro-managing her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any day. But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures Joanna's full attention. An Indian woman has been found shot to death - a woman recently released from prision after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mother of a missing 15-year-old, Lucy Ridder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book. Mispronounced "Ft Huachucha" nags a bit

    • By Livia on 09-18-14

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 9

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    • Paradise Lost

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • Exit Wounds

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Debra Monk
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    The slayings are as oppressive as the blistering heat for Sheriff Joanna Brady, who must shoulder the double burden of a brutal reelection campaign and major developments on the home front. Joanna must now deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer is in their midst.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting & Intriguing

    • By E J Elliston on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 12

    • Dead Wrong

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 66

    Juggling a family and a career is never easy - and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs is two serious crimes. First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all of his fingers savagely severed. Then one of Joanna's officers is brutally attacked while on an unauthorized stakeout. Being a sheriff has become what she is, and Joanna will risk everything to see that justice is done.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well done

    • By E J Elliston on 12-29-17

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 13

    • Damage Control

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    On a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument, an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain and into oblivion. The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and to make matters worse, a thunder-storm is looming on the horizon. Hours later and miles away, the subsiding rain reveals gruesome evidence.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Meanders Too Much!

    • By Samantha on 08-12-08

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 14

    • Fire and Ice

    • A Beaumont and Brady Novel
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Erik Davies
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

    Not since Partner in Crime have New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's beloved series characters shared a stage. But now, in a pair of cases that cross state lines, Beaumont and Brady are back! Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a barn burner, but a nice way to pass the time

    • By Patroo on 07-24-09

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 15

    • Judgment Call

    • Joanna Brady Mysteries
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Having Joanna back.

    • By Mara on 08-14-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 15.5

    • The Old Blue Line

    • Joanna Brady, Book 15.5
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: James Eckhouse
    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A restaurant owner is rescued by Grandma.

    • By Lana Lee Plum on 06-09-16

    Regular price: $13.68

  • Book 16

    • Remains of Innocence

    • A Brady Novel of Suspense
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 551

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Narrator

    • By Rhonda on 07-28-14

    Regular price: $30.79

  • Book 16.5

    • No Honor Among Thieves

    • An Ali Reynolds Novella
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    "A semi's gone over the embankment." The call wakes Sheriff Joanna Brady in the middle of the night, but what brings her fully alert is the rest of the story. The driver didn't drift off to sleep and cross the center line - he was shot, multiple times, by someone with serious firepower. And when the truck crashed through the guardrail, its payload wound up scattered all over the road - boxes upon boxes of Legos.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Arresting

    • By Jean on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 16.6-17

    • Downfall + Random Acts

    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate - she is up for reelection as sheriff, she's pregnant with her third child, and her eldest is packing up to leave for college. Then Joanna is woken in the middle of the night by a call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Her mother and stepfather's RV ran off the road at high speed and hit the pillar of an overpass. Something about the accident seems suspicious, though, and when Joanna gets a call from Ali Reynolds, a journalist turned investigator, she accepts her offer to help.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Terry on 04-06-18

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 16.6

    • Random Acts

    • A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate - she is up for reelection as sheriff and pregnant with her third child, and her eldest is packing up to leave for college. Then Joanna is woken in the middle of the night by a call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Her mother and stepfather's RV ran off the road at high speed and hit the pillar of an overpass. Something about the accident seems suspicious, though, and when Joanna gets a call from Ali Reynolds, a journalist turned investigator, she accepts her offer to help.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing

    • By Jean on 09-14-16
    • A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella
    • By: J. A. Jance
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 08-09-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 172 ratings

    Regular price: $15.96

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