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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.
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Just finished listening, and I have to admit, I pretty much cried through the whole thing. No spoilers, but we lose one of the most colorful of the standard characters -- more than one, actually. And that was sad enough -- funny how you get attached to these fictional people, after living with them through what, 17 books? But they have come to seem like real people, or at least they do, when the author is someone as talented as J. A. Jance.
And sad though it was to lose them, what compounded it all was the amount of reflection other characters did, about them, their impact on their lives, and many little re-telling of stories we remember about them from books past. Much of it was heartbreaking, especially as you get to see some of them in a new light.
As far as the basic plot is concerned, it's one ripped out of the headlines. So realistically speaking, it not only COULD happen, it did. Many times over. True, this tale has a more dramatic conclusion than those real-life stories, but still, a worthy subject to be addressed in fiction.
I loved this book -- even the narrator, Hillary Huber, didn't drive me as nuts as she sometimes has. Once you get over the idea that she's not really going to fall asleep at the mike, she's tolerable. Still -- wish the combined forces of publisher and Miz Jance would put all these books in the steady hands of narrator Stephanie Brush. She was the best by far, in terms of being the voice of Joanna -- and I keep hoping she'll reappear.
A great book, by any standard. How does she do it, J.A. Jance? Keep making this series better and better?
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