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Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady #7)

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Alice Rogers, an elderly widow, is dead, found murdered in the Arizona desert. It's easy enough to pin the killing on the teens caught driving her car across the Mexican border, but Sheriff Brady isn't about to let it go at that. Alice was something of a free spirit, with a penchant for Scotch, the glitter of Las Vegas, and a romance with a man twenty years her junior. Her ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published March 1st 1999)
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Donna
Sep 01, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book was a solid three stars for me. I like J A Jance. She has created a strong female MC and plenty of strong supporting characters. They all work well together. Joanna role is nicely written. She is the local sheriff. She is flawed but strong and genuinely cares about the people. She comes across as very real.

However, I had two problems with this. One was the dialog. It just wasn't as strong as it has been in other books of hers. Some of it was redundant and some of it was fluff. The oth
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Barbara
In this 7th book in the series Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates the death of Alice Rogers, a wealthy older woman gruesomely murdered in the Arizona desert. Alice's self-absorbed arrogant son and belligerent daughter direct suspicion at Alice's boyfriend Farley Adams - who soon makes himself scarce.

At the same time Joanna has to contend with rabid environmentalists who oppose a building project whose approval may have involved some chicanery and corruption. To add to the chaos Joanna inadverten
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Karen
Oct 09, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance, thriller
Come to find out I had already listened to this book and forgot to enter it in Goodreads! HA serves me right.
But I enjoyed it again.
Sheriff Brady is able to pack in to just a few short days, a couple of murders, a lost disabled man, a man on the run and uninvited romantic advances. Wow... I would much rather read about all that than to be the one doing it.
This book in the series is filled with all kinds of new and exciting events for the Sheriff as well as those around her.
YAY
Bookmom
Apr 28, 2014 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there was an easy straight-forward answer to the guilty party we wouldn’t have much of a story. But as with all of the books in this series, the path to the truth leads Sheriff Joanna Brady and her understaffed/overworked department in a number of directions and it’s interesting to see how the various threads get us there. This is made more difficult as the know-it-all newly elected Sheriff of Pima County doesn’t want to cooperate with Cochise County’s Sheriff’s department regarding the death ...more
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Dec 31, 2015 Paris (kerbytejas) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
a 3.75 star read for me which i'll round up to 4 stars...lots of humanity included in this book. Butch is unbelievable, I wan t a man like him around the house.
Shirla Mcqueen
Jun 21, 2016 Shirla Mcqueen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am really struggling with some of these early books and what I perceive to be the laziness in character development. I was really troubled by some of the characters drawing a correlation between Junior's developmental disabilities and Marliss's willingness to believe that equated to pedophilia. I get that the Sheriff and Marliss's don't get along, but this was just taking it too far. Equally disturbing to me was Joanna's gratitude that Jenny and Butch were nice to Junior, like this is somethin ...more
Ed
Mar 15, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna is the sheriff of Cochise County, AZ, a position she had held since the murder of her husband, the previous sheriff, that started the series. At the 1999 publishing of this novel, prolific author J.A. Jance also had a 14 entry series featuring Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont. Recommended especially for fans of other contemporary rural SW sheriff series.

Joanna Brady series - When an elderly but free-spirited widow is cruelly murdered and her body left in the
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Wendy
Jan 17, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy JA Jance's Joanna Brady series, and this one was no exception. Brady is the Sheriff in Cochise County, AZ and they are investigating the horrible death of a 71 yr old woman laying in & on a stand of cholla cactus (very nasty stuff). Then there is the problem at a construction site, protesters damaging equipment, and a learning-disabled man left at a crafts fair. I figured out the murderer early on, but didn't have the whole story. Good writing, good balance of threading the different ...more
Megargee
Dec 29, 2015 Megargee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seventh novel in the Sheriff Brady series advances Joanna's relationship with Butch Dixon and introduces a new continuing character, Junior, a developmentally disabled adult whose caretakers abandon him at a Special Olympics competition. The intricate plot involving numerous characters and multiple homicides has more twists and turns than a sidewinder on a sandy slope but Jance moves it along and ties up all the numerous threads by the end. Driven more by plot than character, this is nonet ...more
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Beth
Jul 09, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I've read a few of Jance's books now, and none of them are really impressing me. The plots are the strongest aspect, and of course, that's usually why one reads mysteries. But I appreciate well-written dialogue and good character development, too, and she doesn't always achieve those. This particular book in the Brady series bugged me because she was attempting to show her awareness of how people with developmental disabilities are treated (using a minor character in the book) and along the way ...more
Pam Koenig
Jun 19, 2015 Pam Koenig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by J A Jance, and I loved it. Well developed story, good characters, with more than one mystery woven throughout. I'm sure it would make more sense to read the series in order, but a neighbor lent me some of her books, and this book, was the earliest in the series included. The author does give you some backstory, so your not totally in the dark. I will definitely read the rest of the series, starting with the first
Linda Watkins
Feb 11, 2016 Linda Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Sheriff Joanna Brady book, in this J.A. Jance series. Like the others it is an enjoyable read. In each of these books, I now notice there is a plot which takes Sheriff Brady into her duties & in danger. There is also a subplot of her life & those around her. Because of the subplots these books need to be read in order. I really enjoyed this book. It a easy read, mystery. Not great literature but enjoyable.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Joanna Brady, sheriff in Cochise County, Arizona, is an awesome series. First she is elected sheriff after the death of her husband, and she finds his murdered. The murders continue from book to book in the series. Good intriguing plots and well developed characters. Modern western mystery fans should enjoy this series. Give Ms. Jance's other series a try as well - JP Beaumont and Ali Reynolds.
Alger
Aug 30, 2016 Alger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A messy combination of romance novel, crime novel, and tourist guide. There is just so much that is out of whack with this novel, starting with but not ending with the obviousness of the many subplots.

Still, it is what it is, and the mystery parts are handled in a proper police procedural manner. I recommend to anyone, just skip over the personal drama and read it for the sturdy crime parts.
Tracy Stackhouse
Aug 12, 2016 Tracy Stackhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still as Good as They Get

The 7th book in the series is just as good as the first six, maybe better. The characters keep developing and revealing more facets and depths. I do wonder if Eleanor and Marliss will have 'Come to Jeses' moments or at least a real comeuppance. There are more books in the series, so I will see.
Sheila
Aug 24, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Brady is a recurring character is J.A. Jance's books. She is a sheriff and single mother in a small Arizona town. In this episode, a woman, Alice, is reported missing after having supper with her daughter and husband. The woman's son is the mayor of a local town. The daughter and son constantly fight and are suspects when Joanna discovers the missing woman is quite well off. The boyfriend, who is younger than the missing woman disappears after the police pay him a visit which makes his ac ...more
Sai Johnson
Mar 29, 2014 Sai Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Joanna's personality, and the way that she dealt with things so gracefully throughout the story. I think Ms. Jance has a creative mind, and I flew through the book as a result. She has a great way of attaching a hook, and the start of the story was gripping.
Richard Brand
Jul 31, 2013 Richard Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it. I know it is a little too pat, a little too pollyanna, a little too happy ending to every crisis. Brady is a little too good to be believed, and life for them seems to find solutions to problems pretty quickly and smoothly, but it was a good read. There were some surprises in the plot. The mystery had a number of different story lines that moved along. There was romance and love. There were some tough decisions and unhappiness. There were a number of deaths and evil and criminal activ ...more
Mary
Feb 24, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading all the books in this series. Love the fact that in a men's run society, the Town Sherriff is a strong women. Jance seems to write about strong woman characters very good read.
Molly
Jun 08, 2016 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bisbee at its best; and the surrounding area as well. Joanna Brady is a character that could be the girl next door; a truly delightful character. The convolutions of murder make Jance so readable.
Dolores Bretecher
I've always liked JA Jance's books. This one takes place Cochise County in Arizona. Sheriff Joanna Brady is busy with a missing person crime turned murder and has to work with the Pima County team of law enforcement when Alice Rogers, a 70 something lady, goes missing and later found murdered in the desert in Pima County. Meanwhile, Alice's daughter Susan Jenkin's goes to her mothers home in Cochise County to see if she's there and finds the home ransacked.

This is one really good book. I like Ja
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Jill
Aug 25, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ja jance, joanna brady series, mystery
I thought this book was just okay. I think that it is helpful to read this series in order. Then you are not going back and forth- current to past
Mikaela Alyssa
Hands up ! To Sheriff Joanna Brady !! im looking forward for you to marrying Butch dixon :)
and Round of applause to My Fave Author J.A Jance ..
Carol Anderson
Well this one was definitely exciting. It had it all; lots of drama, murder, environmentalists, marriage proposal, lost & found (Junior), funeral, Dicks resignation (I'm wondering about that since he was obsessed with Joanna) we'll see. Also Joanna got herself more physically involved with her "know how to defend herself I MEAN. when did she learn that -hopping with legs duck taped, head butting, shooting tires out, she a new sheriff not a seasoned one with experience. Oh yeah it's written i ...more
Batesharbuck
Good, but I wish she didn't have to recap every time about Andy and the ranch and teh dogs and...
Eileen
Feb 27, 2014 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good! but not everything was answered and that always makes me sad. I need answers people!!!
Sheila
Jan 28, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is # 7 in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series. In this book she finds herself chasing down the secrets of the family of an elderly widow who is found dead in the desert impaled on a cactus. She is concurrently involved in a local land dispute (graft and corruption) and trying to hold her personal life together.

The old lady collecting rattlesnakes in her car trunk to sell them to supplement her social security was a favorite scene for me. Never a dull moment for Sheriff Brady in Cochise County,
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Jannette Thompson
It amazes me how J.A. Jance can keep all of these characters straight! Loved it!
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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.

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