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3.59923076923077 out of 53.59923076923077 out of 53.59923076923077 out of 53.59923076923077 out of 53.59923076923077 out of 5 3.60 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joanna Brady Mysteries Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780061953927
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Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings us another mesmerizing thriller featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady as she searches for the brutal killer of a young girl.

Brianna "Bree" O'Brien never returned from Skeleton Canyon. Someone brutally murdered the pretty, popular teenager who had stolen away under cover of darkness to rendezvous with her boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O'Brien's insistence that Bree's boyfriend is responsible for their daughter's slaying. Joanna senses there are words not being spoken, and dark mysteries locked behind doors of the sprawling O'Brien family compound. But it is the strange disappearance of a good friend that is pulling Sheriff Brady ever closer to the lethal nest of lies, greed and secrets hiding in a desolate corner of the Arizona desert - where the next blood that feeds the parched, cracked earth could be her own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, relationships between mothers and daughters shape and give humanity to an exciting mystery in J. A. Jance’s excellent  series about Joanna Brady.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Personally, I have never read a Jance book that I didn’t like…I think she is such an outstanding storyteller that I would read cereal box panels if she were writing them…This book stands alone. You can start with Skeleton Canyon now and then go back to the others [in the series].”

    Mystery Magazine Online

  • “Jance is an expert at writing rich mysteries filled with as much human decency as skullduggery…This is a solid yarn with strong characters and a full palette of local color.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jance manages to inject her stories with a depth of emotion, compassion, and understanding that make them more intriguing than the standard fare. An engaging read in a series that just keeps getting better.”

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 2/16/2014

    " I love this series by Jance. It would have gotten 5 stars except I got lost on all the Mexican names of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 2/2/2014

    " This book was very enjoyable. I started reading one of her books the other day and really liked it. I put it down to locate the earlier books of the series in the library. There's only one earlier than this available at my library so I will spend this Summer haunting the used book stores to find the missing 3!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Brookins | 1/31/2014

    " Jance does her usual competent job. The main characters are real, the story is complex enough to be worth following and the resolution is satisfying. all in all its a good story, worth the cover price. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 1/27/2014

    " Enjoyed it. I find myself looking at the AZ map to understand all of the locations for points of reference. I am also happy that she continues to develop all the characters and I am interested in continuing to read the series to see what happens with all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara S. | 1/25/2014

    " I think this is one of the best in series, so far. This book made me laugh and the ending brought tears to my eyes. I enjoy Joanna and her imperfect relationship with her mother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/22/2014

    " I love mysteries, and had read another one by this author, so I was excited when I found a copy for $1 at a used bookstore in Quartzsite, AZ. The author sets her mysteries in Arizona, where we are currently visiting. However, I was quite disappointed. Although I liked the main character,the writing wasn't very good and the story didn't grab me. Don't know if I'll try her again or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoy reading this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent audio mystery. Pleased up see many characters reoccurring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/7/2013

    " I enjoy this series. Great escapism......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/21/2013

    " love the dreams! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/13/2013

    " I just like this author a lot. I read this and another J.A. Jance book on my trip to California. Both were great reads that kept me entertained the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia Rock lantz | 8/23/2013

    " Another great read in the series. Well worth the time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 6/23/2013

    " I love the character of Joanna Brady, she's strong and determined sheriff. A real wonderful woman in character. What i like in J.A. Jance is that she empowered the role of women in her novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 12/23/2012

    " This is only my second book by this author and I have enjoyed both. It was a quick read and definitely worth picking up and reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny Wall | 12/5/2012

    " No. 5.... I just can't stop reading these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 11/4/2012

    " Arizona law enforcement fiction "starring" Sheriff Joanna Brady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 9/1/2012

    " I'm really enjoying this series as I've been working. I've listened to these books , and although the narrator can't seem to decide on a consistent (or correct) pronunciation of several of the words it's been very interesting to hear the trials and triumphs of Sheriff Joanna Brady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 4/21/2012

    " This was my first J.A. Jance. It won't be my last. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 3/14/2012

    " Joanna Brady series not my favorite "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bmabey56 | 1/1/2012

    " A fun read if you like who-done-its "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/14/2011

    " slow starting mystery but well written and keeps you reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 9/26/2011

    " most amazing use of a bra! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wordlover | 9/22/2011

    " Really enjoying this book. Just grabbed another book by the same author from a friend's garage sale! Excited to read that one next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 7/2/2011

    " I'm a fan of JA Jance's books. They are quick, easy and entertaining reads. This wasn't my favourite. There seems to be a lot more characters with a lot less time spent on each. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 6/30/2011

    " This is where the series is really taking off for me. Great story. I could have handled a different narrator for this audio book since she made many of the accents sound more New Yorkish than Arizonan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 5/10/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this series as I've been working. I've listened to these books , and although the narrator can't seem to decide on a consistent (or correct) pronunciation of several of the words it's been very interesting to hear the trials and triumphs of Sheriff Joanna Brady. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " most amazing use of a bra! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbaker | 3/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this, of the multiple series this author writes the Sheriff Joanne Brady series is my favourite (at least today - when I read another, I'll probably change my mind!).

    The author conveys the beauty of desert living, something unknown to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 2/26/2011

    " An early one of Jance's but I hadn't read it. (Library was kind enough to contact me to read it first.)

    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 1/10/2011

    " Joanna Brady series not my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynejo | 9/26/2010

    " good, quick read, I always like JA Jance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/26/2010

    " This is where the series is really taking off for me. Great story. I could have handled a different narrator for this audio book since she made many of the accents sound more New Yorkish than Arizonan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 3/12/2010

    " I love this series by Jance. It would have gotten 5 stars except I got lost on all the Mexican names of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 10/20/2009

    " No. 5.... I just can't stop reading these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/7/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Joanna Brady; Arizona sheriff works to solve the murder of a high school student who was planning a get away with her boyfriend.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 8/24/2009

    " I love the character of Joanna Brady, she's strong and determined sheriff. A real wonderful woman in character. What i like in J.A. Jance is that she empowered the role of women in her novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 5/2/2009

    " This is only my second book by this author and I have enjoyed both. It was a quick read and definitely worth picking up and reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/1/2008

    " This was my first J.A. Jance. It won't be my last. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

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About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and a number of novels featuring the Walker family. Before becoming an author, Jance worked as a librarian and a teacher on a Native American reservation. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.