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The New York Times bestselling J.A. Jance is back! Cochise County, Arizona, and Sheriff Joanna Brady faces her most personal and dangerous case when her daughter discovers a body in the Arizona wilderness.

When Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady′s daughter Jenny goes off on a Memorial Day weekend girl scout camp-out in nearby Apache Pass, Joanna trusts that her 12-year-old daughter will behave. But with boy-crazy Dora Matthews as a tentmate, Jenny is seduced into taking a late night unauthorized hike into the wilderness where--instead of smoking a clandestine cigarette--she and Dora stumble upon the body of a murdered Phoenix woman. Knowing that her little girl will be traumatized by her experience, Joanna must balance concern for Jenny with the demands of her new marriage and possible bid for reelection. But when young Dora Matthews herself turns up dead two days later, Joanna′s concern turns to terror. For if Constance Haskell′s killer is murdering potential witnesses, Jenny may be next.

Topics: Murder, Crime, Police, Women Detectives, Sheriffs, Family, Death, Marriage, Mothers and Daughters, Love, American West, Desert, Arizona, Suspenseful, Teen Pregnancy, Series, American Author, Female Author, Drugs, 2000s, Third Person Narration, 21st Century, and Female Protagonist

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061749018
List price: $9.99
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Sheriff Joanna Brady is another of my favorite crime solvers, but in Paradise Lost she's a prime example of why I would never attempt to write about a crime solver who is married and has a child. In this novel Brady is newly married to Butch Dixon, her second husband, and her daughter Jenny is now 12 years old. Both are struggling a bit with issues that are the result of being married to or the daughter of a county sheriff. This story begins with Joanna and Butch attending an Arizona Sheriff's Association convention. She is sneaking back into their room at the hotel at 1 am after playing poker with other sheriffs and beating her least favorite one out of about $700. Butch understands but later admits the convention was difficult for him as the only husband of a sheriff. Wives of course have gone through this since the Stone Age but it's different for a guy.Then Jenny has problems camping with the Girl Scouts and trying to be just one of the kids. Then she and her pup tent mate find a body and the plot is off and running and so is Joanna. It's one of those novels that leaves you breathless because it goes so fast, there's so much danger, and Joanna is also dealing with family issues.By the way, Joanna's mother, Eleanor, is the most aggravating character ever devised by a novelist. I'd say more but you just have to meet her yourself.Actually that's the best feature of Jance's novels - the characters. They're unique and they're understandable in their lives and their actions, if a little quirky at times but aren't we all? The characters are really busy in this tale with a short-handed sheriff's department, three murders, and a lot of miles to cover during the investigation. Meanwhile, Butch is in the wedding of one of his former employees, Jenny is upset, Eleanor is very upset, and Joanna needs to be in about three places at once. What a crazy mess, but of course it all tends to work out.I can't tell you any more without spoiling the book for you, except that a recurring theme is motherhood. I hope you'll read this one. It's a keeper.more
i didn't like this one. too much personal stuff. 2 not very interesting stories very tenuously linked. i agree with the other reviewer about joanna getting on my nerves. and her husband's name is BUTCH?more
Well gee. I think I liked the first Sheriff Brady novel I read well enough, but this one I didn’t like that much. Joanna flat out got on my nerves. She is overly emotional about almost everything. She’s quick to anger, frustration, tears and jealousy. And each display is more gaudy than the last. She marries the bartender from the only other book I read and when she thinks he spent the night with an old girlfriend, she flips out and takes off to cry uncontrollably in a parking lot. She calls a friend and the friend has to talk her off the ledge. You mean I should actually talk to him and let him explain instead of heading right for the divorce lawyer??? What a dope. And every time someone mentioned her kid, her first reaction was a panicked ‘what? Is she OK?’ Please lady, you’re a cop, try to act like one.Good mystery in a way, but not compelling. I couldn’t really care about any of the victims.more
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Sheriff Joanna Brady is another of my favorite crime solvers, but in Paradise Lost she's a prime example of why I would never attempt to write about a crime solver who is married and has a child. In this novel Brady is newly married to Butch Dixon, her second husband, and her daughter Jenny is now 12 years old. Both are struggling a bit with issues that are the result of being married to or the daughter of a county sheriff. This story begins with Joanna and Butch attending an Arizona Sheriff's Association convention. She is sneaking back into their room at the hotel at 1 am after playing poker with other sheriffs and beating her least favorite one out of about $700. Butch understands but later admits the convention was difficult for him as the only husband of a sheriff. Wives of course have gone through this since the Stone Age but it's different for a guy.Then Jenny has problems camping with the Girl Scouts and trying to be just one of the kids. Then she and her pup tent mate find a body and the plot is off and running and so is Joanna. It's one of those novels that leaves you breathless because it goes so fast, there's so much danger, and Joanna is also dealing with family issues.By the way, Joanna's mother, Eleanor, is the most aggravating character ever devised by a novelist. I'd say more but you just have to meet her yourself.Actually that's the best feature of Jance's novels - the characters. They're unique and they're understandable in their lives and their actions, if a little quirky at times but aren't we all? The characters are really busy in this tale with a short-handed sheriff's department, three murders, and a lot of miles to cover during the investigation. Meanwhile, Butch is in the wedding of one of his former employees, Jenny is upset, Eleanor is very upset, and Joanna needs to be in about three places at once. What a crazy mess, but of course it all tends to work out.I can't tell you any more without spoiling the book for you, except that a recurring theme is motherhood. I hope you'll read this one. It's a keeper.more
i didn't like this one. too much personal stuff. 2 not very interesting stories very tenuously linked. i agree with the other reviewer about joanna getting on my nerves. and her husband's name is BUTCH?more
Well gee. I think I liked the first Sheriff Brady novel I read well enough, but this one I didn’t like that much. Joanna flat out got on my nerves. She is overly emotional about almost everything. She’s quick to anger, frustration, tears and jealousy. And each display is more gaudy than the last. She marries the bartender from the only other book I read and when she thinks he spent the night with an old girlfriend, she flips out and takes off to cry uncontrollably in a parking lot. She calls a friend and the friend has to talk her off the ledge. You mean I should actually talk to him and let him explain instead of heading right for the divorce lawyer??? What a dope. And every time someone mentioned her kid, her first reaction was a panicked ‘what? Is she OK?’ Please lady, you’re a cop, try to act like one.Good mystery in a way, but not compelling. I couldn’t really care about any of the victims.more
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