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J.A. Jance

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Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

* J.P. Beaumont
* Joanna Brady
* Ali Reynolds
* Walker Family

After last week’s blog about the then-upcoming Pima Hall reunion, many of you are probably wondering how it went? To get an unbiased opinion, you’d need to ask someone else. Asking for my reaction is a lot like asking an author to review his or her own book where the resulting reviews most would say, “It’s a great read.”

From my point of view, the party was great. Was I nervous? If I told you I...

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Average rating: 3.94 · 150,802 ratings · 10,321 reviews · 70 distinct works · Similar authors
Desert Heat (Joanna Brady, #1)

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Until Proven Guilty (J.P. B...

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Fire and Ice (J.P. Beaumont...

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Betrayal of Trust (J.P. Bea...

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Partner in Crime (J.P. Beau...

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Tombstone Courage (Joanna B...

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Damage Control (Joanna Brad...

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Judgment Call (Joanna Brady...

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Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds,...

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More books by J.A. Jance…
Until Proven Guilty Injustice for All Trial by Fury Taking the Fifth Improbable Cause A More Perfect Union Dismissed with Prejudice
J.P. Beaumont (22 books)
3.98 avg rating — 63,553 ratings

Desert Heat Tombstone Courage Shoot Don't Shoot Dead to Rights Skeleton Canyon Rattlesnake Crossing Outlaw Mountain
Joanna Brady (17 books)
3.98 avg rating — 58,662 ratings

Edge of Evil Web of Evil Hand of Evil Cruel Intent Trial by Fire Fatal Error Left for Dead
Ali Reynolds (11 books)
3.88 avg rating — 28,320 ratings

Hour of the Hunter Kiss of the Bees Day of the Dead Queen of the Night Dance of the Bones
Walker Family (5 books)
3.69 avg rating — 6,946 ratings

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JA Jance made a comment on Going Back to Bisbee
" Dear Jessica,
You're more than welcome. The drive is indeed beautiful.
JA Jance made a comment on Dance of the Bones
" Dear Charlene,

Thank you for your kind words and patience. I trust the new book will be worth the wait.

date: February 25, 2015 12:00PM
location: Webinar, The United States
description: The “Cats in the Corner Office” series provides inspiration for your professional life from highly successful Wildcats.

On Feb. 25, J.A. Jance ’66 (english and secondary education), author of bestselling mystery novels, will speak with UA alumni, sharing lessons from her career during a live and interactive webinar.

JA Jance made a comment on Christmas Break
" Good Morning Jinny,

Thank you for the kind words. We truly are lucky to have Bella. Best wishes for the New Year.

" Dear Glenna,
Thank you for the kind words, and I'm glad you are enjoying the book.
JA Jance is now following Lee Child and Dean Koontz
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JA Jance made a comment on Back to Mother Nature
" So far Bella and our heron sprinkler seems to be working. We'll see after out vacation what's really left.

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“I've long maintained that women are born knowing things it takes men a whole lifetime to figure out. This was simply one more case in point.”
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Michael Thanks for being my Goodreads friend, although since I've read ALL of your books, I feel like we're already friends. "Dance of the Bones" is next up on my Kindle. My reading genre of choice has always been mysteries and thrillers and I hardly ever get into sci-fi, but I started to see movie ads for the new Matt Damon movie, "The Martian" and it looked really good. I'm one of those people who always insist that the book is better than the movie. So I got "The Martian" by Andy Weir and I can't put it down. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to read a "by the seat of your pants" book with just the right amount of humor.

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

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