Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady returns in this outstanding new mystery set in the beautiful desert country of the Southwest.
With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a reelection campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal.
Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What's the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide, or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?
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"J.A. Jance at her best."
It is great to have another Joanna Brady story after such a long break. This series was my introduction to the writings of J. A. Jance and I like this series more so than her other three series. Brady has suffered the death of her mother and step-father. They were killed by a freeway sniper. Their funeral has not been held yet and Joanna faced the double homicide of two young women at the base of Geronimo Peak near Bisbee. Joanna investigates these deaths to determine cause and find out whodunit. She uncovers a kidnapping, a pedophile and domestic abuse during her investigation. Then another murder occurs on the golf course; Joanna has her hands full. The last part of the book was impossible to stop reading until the end, the suspense had me on the edge of the chair.
It is great to have Frank Montoya back. In earlier books he was Joanna’s right- hand man. He quit to become the Chief of Police of Sierra Vista. Now Joanna and Frank are working together because they are sharing jurisdiction also with the FBI. We have a new character, FBI special agent Robin Watkins. I am enjoying the new Cochise County Medical Examiner, Dr. Kendra Baldwin. With all the murder investigations going on Joanna’s life goes on. She is pregnant, running for re-election as Sheriff and has the usual family and Sheriff department problems.
The book is well written. The pace is fast. The plot twists and turns. Jance is superb at capturing human emotions from humor to fear, as well as sorrow and anger. The suspense builds throughout the story as Joanna questions everyone and finds maybe the trust of longtime friends are in question also. Jance is a master story teller. I cannot wait for the next Brady story.
Hillary Huber does an excellent job narrating the book. She is an award winning audiobook narrator.
I am a Joanna Brady fan and this was a good story though somewhat predictable. It was a bit hard to believe it took the cops so long to figure it out. However the story was engaging enough to keep me going even with the terrible performance of the narrator. Joanna Brady is an autonomous, and strong woman. The narration made her sound whiny--very whiny. This narrator should never be used for a book with a strong female character. Never.
"Huber grates on me"
This was a lovely read in a series of good books but Huber's reading is impossibly annoying and predictably off the mark. Never again!!!
"Strong Role Models"
In addition to writing exceptional police dramas, J.A. Jance has an incredible gift for creating strong, mature and realistic role models in Joanna and Butch.
While Joanna is an intriguing character (dedicated public servant, mother and wife), I think Butch is possibly the perfect man, smart, caring and NOT threatened by assertive, successful women. Butch is quietly supportive and respectful of Joaana's difficult career, demonstrating his absolute affection by being patient & understanding rather than controlling and selfish.
I also like how Joanna is a work in progress, definitely flawed but striving to learn & grow both personally & professionally. She is tough enough to thrive in the male dominated law enforcement field without being becoming a bitch and savvy enough to solve complicated crimes. And best of all, Joanna doesn't do stupid, helpless or submissive; she kicks ass!
I find this entire series highly entertaining because of the well defined and varied cast of characters, even more than the first class mystery/suspense plots. Goodl job!
Was sucked into this book right away. What's worst then staying up all night to read a book - staying up all night to listen to a book. So many twists and turns.
"Tragedy strikes Joanna"
I sometimes feel that Ms. Huber hits the wrong tone with Joanna. Also, Ms. Huber makes Marliss Shackelford too repellent.
The ending is very nice. I am glad Joanna was able to look beyond her emotions and show compassion to Mona. Very nice touch indeed.
"Love reading about the places I have visited"
J.A. Jance tells a colorful and timely story involving places in southern AZ which pique my curiosity. Now have to go visit Geronimo near Bisbee.
The best of all the audio books I've read!
Sheriff Joanna Brady because she a very strong women.
No favorite scene. The whole book is full of surprises.
When Joanna was rescued and the police dog was shot.
Joanna Brady is my favorite character of J. A. Jance's characters.
"New story JA Jance"
Overall story was good, but reader was not up to speed. The reader was just reading, somewhat stilted and not much emotional inflection.
"Still enjoying this series"
J. A. Jance is still writing wonderful books. She manages to write original stories. As always, there are many unexpected twists and turns. Her characters continue to grow. I highly recommend the entire series.
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