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Field of Bones by J. A. Jance
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Series: Joanna Brady #18
Published by HarperAudio on March 20, 2018
Length: 10 hours, 48 minutes
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Sheriff Joanna Brady’s best intentions to stay on maternity leave take a hit when a serial homicide case rocks Cochise County, dragging her into a far-reaching investigation to bring down a relentless killer in this chilling tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.
This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.
Filled with the beloved characters, small town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady series perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J. A. Jance’s legion of fans.
I have read all three series by J.A. Jance for a long time. This Joanna Brady series, is now to 18 books. Field of Bones was a complete joy. There is a wealth of plot layers here with Joanna’s reelection campaign, the birth of her third child, Butch’s book tour, her maternity leave, and a serial killer homicide case.
The personal aspects are enjoyable as it gives a full definition of the character and her values and choices. It also feels more authentic. During her maternity leave, Joanna ends up reading some of her father’s old journals which lets us take a walk into her family past.
The serial killer case is quite horrific. The victims are kept for a length of time and their treatment is unconscionable. I love the police procedures and evidence collected which allows the case to be solved. It is a suspenseful process as we get some of the victim’s point of views. I shed some tears here.
I love this series so much. I’ve read many; I’ve listened to the last few on audio. It’s been great for me in every way.
I’ve always enjoyed Hilary Huber. Perhaps because her voice is so comfortable to me, I was able to listen at 1.5x speed. I’m well settled into hearing her as Joanna Brady, although the other voices, male, female and children, are well performed, also. She really let me feel the emotions of this story.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
It’s so great that it continues to be good like that!!! 18 books is a lot.
It is. While the themes of family, law enforcement and border crimes are in all of them. The stories are different and well told.I
Great review, Anne Thanks I have got to try this series!
There are many books in the series but I have enjoyed them all.
This is an author that I do want to read. I had no idea that there were so many books in this series. I am glad that this one worked out so well for you.
I think this is my favorite of her 3 series and the most realistic, although I read them all. The Beaumont series has even more books. Ali Reynolds is the newest series, already up to 14. I’m up to date on all of them.
I’ve eyed Jance over the years (could have sworn I’d collected some of the Beaumont books) but haven’t read anything by her. I’m going to see if my library has this series. Excellent review, Anne!
Thanks. I’ve read all 3 series and this one might be my favorite. I started with the Beaumont one. It’s good but had some elements which got less realistic. The Ali Reynolds one also has some less everyday aspects; the last few had some AI stuff which I love. I liked them all, read them all.
This is in my wheelhouse..but 18 books? Well at least I know you jumped back in with no problem.?
As I said below, my favorite of the 3 series. I’m up to date on all 3 so it’s easy enough to read a book or so in each series. I’ve read them all so long they are ingrained in my head. I have an extensive mind space filled with these old mystery series which have 15-30 books. I could go on and on. I love the English based ones also.
Geez I read that sentence completely wrong. Sorry.
Wonderful review, Anne! I started this series years ago and had to put it aside because it was too graphic for me at the time. I may try again at some point because it’s really popular and maybe my reading tastes have changed a little/I can tolerate more.
Thank you! It is graphic. Somehow with law enforcement story, I can detach enough. I still feel emotions though.