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Shoot Don't Shoot (Joanna Brady #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,637 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
A prisoner languishes in a Phoenix jail cell, accused of brutally slaying his estranged wife. No one believes the man is innocent, except the new female sheriff of Cochise County, in town for a crash course in police training. Joanna Brady is out of her jurisdiction—and possibly in over her head. For a human monster is on the prowl, hiding the grisly evidence of his horrif ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 1995)
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Linda Munro
Apr 12, 2017 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of the earlier Sheriff Joanna Brady novels; it briefly explains about Sheriff Brady’s husband, Andy’s death and how she meets Butch Dixon.

These books are considered mysteries, which makes sense because what else would a Police Detective do but solve the mystery of how an event occurred.

Joanne, newly elected sheriff for Cochise County, Arizona, has no first hand police knowledge so she has signed up for a class at the Arizona Police Academy. Before she leaves to attend the six-week
Ruthie Jones
Jun 30, 2016 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I'm really getting involved in these people's lives. J.A. Jance definitely knows how to keep the ball rolling. I've already started the next in the serious, Dead to Rights, because I'm on this roller coaster and can't get off! Not that I want to.

The main character, Sheriff Joanna Brady, is believable, flawed, gutsy, and vulnerable. I like her.

Shoot Don't Shoot doesn't sugarcoat the problem of greedy people manipulating people's memories through nefarious ways such as drugs and hypnosis. Joanna t
Tonya Lucas
Jan 20, 2015 Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! Loved it!! Joanna Brady is an awesome & fearless Sheriff. This is a fast pace, fun filled mystery. Gripping ending. 5 Stars!!
Feb 03, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story and all that is fine... nothing too special, but not hateful either.

However, the Ellen Travolta audiobook performance and production is AWFUL! I have probably listened to 100+ audiobooks, and I've *never* heard pages turning. Every page turn is clearly audible, including an awkward pause by the performer. The breaks between different performance days are also very noticeable, drawing even more attention to the audio production and away from the story.

The producer and publisher of this aud
Trish Mastriano
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Raoul Jerome
Mar 15, 2017 Raoul Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read! She's in a town other than her own for classes she needs to better perform her duties as newly elected sheriff. She's in Phoenix and manages to solve some murders which really aren't any of her business with the help of a local cop who is also good at what she does. Some pretty scary moments out there including some in reference to her daughter Jenny. Really liked butch as well... he's a good guy.
May 17, 2017 Heatherhh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good characterization. Wished there'd been more at the training academy. Again, there are some unexpected twists at the end. Basically don't expect to figure out who-dunnit, because you aren't given the information you need to do that. But an enjoyable ride. Early on there's more sexual detail than I needed with the bad guy, but it's pretty much confined to that one small section.
Dan Smith
May 06, 2017 Dan Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanna is now the sheriff and goes to a law enforcement training class only to get involved in a series of murders that might fall under domestic violence.
I'm rather liking this series about new sheriff Joanna Brady. Discovering that a string of
domestic violence murders and really the work of a serial killer of course makes her a target.
Sharon Schlegel
Mar 26, 2017 Sharon Schlegel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am re-reading the Joanna Brady series. This is an excellent book.
Mar 19, 2017 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Brady never has a nice meal with her family. No matter where she goes there is a problem. Guess I am not all that impressed with her. I am not reading the series in order so I have read more than this #3 book.
Brenda Benoit
Mar 06, 2017 Brenda Benoit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am starting to love the Joanna Brady series as much as I love the J.P. Beaumont series. Joanna, while she is still learning, is proving to be a great Sheriff. I really enjoyed the little family twist even if it made me dislike Eleanor even more than before. I hope that storyline doesn't get dropped in future books as I think it will benefit Joanna a lot. The story was great and I hope we see more of Leann Jessup in future books too - maybe solve a case or two together? Can't wait to start the ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has only been two months since Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady's husband has died, and she ran and won the election for Sheriff in his place. Being so new and inexperienced at the job, DEA Agent Adam York (from book 1) has suggested that Joanna needs some training as a police officer. Therefore, she enrolled in a six week crash course at APOA (Arizona Police Officers Academy) in Phoenix. It starts the week of Thanksgiving and Joanna has misgivings about leaving her daughter, Jenny, so soo ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not her best. Too predictable and too preachy for my taste. Will continue with the series and hope it gets better.
Apr 19, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newly sworn in Sheriff Joanna Brady, heads off to academy training to learn how to be a cop and be better able to do her job. Just before leaving she’s requested to look into the murder of a woman’s ex-daughter-in-law. Her son is in jail, being accused of the murder which took place near the area where Joanna will be going for training, and of course his mother doesn’t believe he’s guilty.

Did she make a mistake going to the academy? That’s her thought on her first day. There’s only one other fem
Stephanie Jenkins ortiz cerrillo
This is my first Jance novel and all I can say is that I'm happy to know Sheriff Joanna Brady is in more books! A sheriff without any police experience? Don't sell her short. She's a step ahead of the experienced detective. Great read and loved the way it all came together at the end.
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fully intended to start out with another book while on vacation this past week, one I had been waiting impatiently to come out in paperback. And yet, as my husband and I packed for our trip to Colorado, I decided I was more in the mood to read something that was set in one of the states we would be visiting. Joanna Brady is the newly elected sheriff in Cochise County, Arizona. In this third book in the series, Joanna travels to the Phoenix area to train as a law enforcement officer. At the urg ...more
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Mar 17, 2016 Pattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, ja-jance
Just finished the book and sitting here with a smile on my face. I must have missed this one when it was first published, and had to hunt a bit to find it this time. I really, really like the way JA Jance develops her characters, revealing more with each book so that they begin to feel like family. Her relationship with her secretary is still pretty rocky at this point and I had to chuckle when Joanna mused about "remoting" her to Elfrida, (not far enough IMHO), or maybe the Wonderland of Rocks ...more
Marcia  Haskell
"Set against Arizona's parched landscape, the new mystery starring Sheriff Joanna Brady delivers the breakneck plot, genuine characters and unceasing Brady style that Jance's readers have come to expect. When a peeping Tom serial killer stalks the campus of the Arizona Police Academy, Joanna is drawn into a chilling, emotional investigation."

I specially enjoyed this book, because I missed it the first time around. So for me this book filled in lots of blanks - Joanna's training as a police offic
Michael McCue
The first time I read one of J.A. Jance's Joanna Bradly novels I thought that she was a very descriptive write. This series about a young widow who was elected Sheriff after the death of her husband is set in southern Arizona. When the story touched on places in Bisbee, Tucson and other locations I had a very vivid picture of those places. I didn't fully realize that the image was so vivid because I know that area so well until I read one of here Seattle based stories. While I have been to Seatt ...more
Sep 03, 2016 Alger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Of the books in this series that I picked up for free off the curb, this one has the least heft to the story. The premise of the book is that Sheriff Joanna Brady is inPeoria, AZ to attend law enforcement training. This being a Jance novel, she becomes the target of a serial killer's obsession. This being a Jance novel, there are only twelve people in all of this major Phoenix suburb, and figuring out which is the killer, which are future victims/red herrings, and which are future BFFs is not a ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was supposed to be Joanna's introduction to law enforcement, a basic six week course at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Peoria, a chance to learn fundamentals of evidence, police procedure, and legal issues and to network with fellow professionals from around the state. At least that is the case in the academies I have been associated with. Unfortunately, the Arizona Academy is a cesspool of mysogynistic authoritarian misfits, so perhaps it is just as well that Joanna blows it offs ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am listening to the audio version of this book and I don't know if I can go on. Between the mouth noises and mispronunciations I am about ready to tear my hair out. I am going to put it away for a day to think about it, but I'll probably end up not finishing this version and going to the e-book instead.

Ok, update. Decided this narrator (Ellen Travolta) was much too painful to listen to, I am getting the kindle version from the library to finish the book.

I would have maybe given this two stars
Feb 24, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shoot Don't Shoot is the third book in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna was recently elected as sheriff of Cochise County. It is only three months since her deputy husband lost his life while on duty. Joanna is trying to make a new life with her daughter Jenny. She registers in a police training school in Peoria, to help give her experience in her new position.She makes new friends in Peoria but also has a hard and not likable training instructor. She soon is drawn into a series of murders that a ...more
Jennifer Hodges Young
In this the thrid book of the series Joanna has to go to Phoneix for a training seminar so that she does not get herself or her deputies killed from lack of experience. Dave the leader of the class is the sterotypical good ole boy cop in trouble. He is fat, lazy, bigoted, hates women and feels the need to constantly put Joanna on the spot. Before she leaves for Phoneix one of her deputies request that she check into a case, the man in question was in prison for killing his ex-wife but some peopl ...more
Gloria Bernal
Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County AZ is newly elected, 2 months prior when this book opens. She is sent to Phoenix for training and in the process meets Butch, a bartender who helps her solve a serial murder case. Butch is evidently going to be a permanent figure in this series. She also finds out she has a brother she never met, who shows up in Phoenix while the family is joining her for Thanksgiving.

I like this series, this is the 3rd book of 13 about Sheriff Brady. Wonderful reading for
Dec 17, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Arizona, newly sworn-in Sheriff Joanna Brady leaves home for a six-week law enforcement training course at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, giving her a chance to learn the fundamentals of her job and network with her peers from around the state. With only one other female in the class, the instructor is especially condescending to them, and boring to boot.

There are murders, domestic violence, and kidnapping to keep the story moving along, as well as the protagonist and her 9 year ol
My dad is on a Joanna Brady kick, and last time I was here, I read one -- this time, I forgot my book, so I read another. It appears I too am on a Joanna Brady kick now. (Though I am not as fond as Dad is of quoting the blurb on the books, "Obviously not every woman in America is a sheriff... but Joanna Brady is every woman" in this very breathy movie trailer voice.)

Great literature they are not, but they're fast, engaging reads, and Joanna Brady is a compelling heroine -- taking on a complicate
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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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