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J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady series whisks us off to a small town in the desert terrain of the Southwest. When Joanna's newly elected husband is killed while serving as sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, Joanna steps into his position. We watch her grow into the job in Jance's series: she has to cope with the problems of juggling family and personal life while solving crimes. At the same time, we've learned about the benefits and shortcomings of daily life in a desert--how beautiful and dangerous the landscape can be in all seasons.
Jance's seventh book, Outlaw Mountain, begins with the death of an old woman who was injured when she fell on a poisonous cholla cactus. But it isn't the plant that finishes off Alice Rogers; the lively, free-spirited widow is murdered by someone who injects her as she lies writhing in pain. Now Joanna has to find out whether anyone in Alice's large family would have killed her for her land and money. Was it her son Cletus, "a restaurateur with the diplomacy of a mountain goat," who was recently elected mayor of the legendary Arizona town of Tombstone (where Wyatt Earp once reigned)? Or did the murder have something to do with a local political power struggle? As she has done so well before, Jance balances scenes full of action and excitement with more intimate moments. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In her seventh outing (after Rattlesnake Crossing), Tombstone, AZ, sheriff Joanna Brady wears a tough gal's badge yet remains a sensitive, caring single mom and friend. Hard-drinking Alice Rogers, the mayor's mother, is stabbed with an insulin syringe and left for the vultures in the harsh southern Arizona desert, and Joanna's team must step between Rogers's dueling son and daughter. A tender subplot concerns a developmentally disabled man named Junior, abandoned by scheming relatives at an Arizona art fair. As Joanna's friend Butch Dixon helps out with Junior, she appreciates a new facet of his character, and her pushy mom, Eleanor, runs interference in an effort to secure their engagement. Not just for series fans, this installment features endearing characters and situations ranging from an environmentalist with a car trunk full of rattlesnakes to the local minister who feels she's lost her edge in the pulpit. Highly recommended.
-ASusan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an unusual mystery. It starts off with an interesting murder, then drags on for a long time. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2001 by Paul Skinner
Maybe it is me but this novel was about as exciting as watching the grass grow. It is the first mystery novel that I have read by a female author and I hope that it is not... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by todd shampoe
An elderly woman is found dead in the middle of a stand of cholla cactus. Sheriff Joanna Brady is called into the case and immediately begins investigating those who were close... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000 by Karen Potts
J.A. Jance is a gifted story teller and I have become quite the Joanna Brady fan. "Outlaw Mountain" spends a bunch of time on Joanna's personal life, but has enough plot... Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by nobizinfla
I enjoy reading Jance's series on Joanna Brady, a reluctant county sheriff who has grown in her job. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2000 by "fogden"
I am both a Joanna Brady fan and a JP Beaumont fan. In the winter rain of Seattle, I especially enjoy letting my mind wander to the heat of Arizona and Sheriff Brady's attempts to... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2000
I've enjoyed watching the Joanna Brady character grow with each book in this series. I'm glad to see she's getting on with her life, and that the other characters in the books are... Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
If I want hilarious mystery, I read Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie and Donna Andrews. If I want tough, futuristic SciFi mystery, I read J.D Robb. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 1999