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Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady #5)

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Bree O'Brien, high school valedictorian and cheerleader, has upset her wealthy parents by taking up with Ignacio Ybarra, a hardworking Hispanic football star. The last words found in Bree's journal after she is discovered murdered in Skeleton Canyon while waiting for Ignacio are "My Mother is a liar."


Sheriff Brady, torn between the temporary loss of her own daughter (to ca

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Hardcover, 373 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Avon Books
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Donna
Feb 08, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This author is a constant 3 stars for me. I like that her stories are clean, content wise. Sometimes, that is exactly what I'm in the mood for. She also creates warm and personable characters. They all seem like the people you'd expect to find next door in a small country town. For being a series, I liked that the characters are moving on and progressing.

I really liked the beginning of this book. I thought that this was definitely the best one yet. However, the last half, as the plot was suppos
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LadyCalico
Mar 10, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that make me wish Goodreads had a 3.5 rating. I liked this book more than the books I rated 3-stars, but not as much as the others I rated 4-stars. The story gripped me in the beginning and in the ending, but lost me somewhere in the middle, where the writing, relationships, and banter seemed to lose some of their depth and realism. On the other hand, I really, really liked the protagonist who seems more like a real person than the stereotypes of females that I often f ...more
Julianne
Oct 21, 2008 Julianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Book #5 of the Joanna Brady Mystery Series. Wonderful! It starts out at a high school football game and ends up with murder and mayhem. In between you have Romeo and Juliet, nuns, smugglers, wild parrots, an abandoned cemetery, a search for Wedgewood China, Girl Scout camp, flash floods, people who elope, racism, at least three drunks, a flying bra, javelina tracks, a helicopter rescue and the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Which is better in the hot summer of Southern Arizona, a Crown
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Gerard
Dec 09, 2015 Gerard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good narrative. But an OK read.
Ginny
Aug 29, 2014 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best of the series so far. Joanna has matured as a politician and a sheriff. The story is woven together well. Conflicts between the whites and people of Mexican descent are one of the focuses of this story as are the hopes and dreams parents have for their children and the children's needs to be independent of those dreams.
Debfiddle
Jun 01, 2015 Debfiddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Brianna "Bree" O'Brien never returned from Skeleton Canyon. Someone brutally murdered the pretty, popular teenager who had stolen away under cover of darkness to rendezvous with her boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O'Brien's insistence that Bree's boyfri ...more
Bookmom
Apr 22, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this series we’re sometimes told right up front who the bad guy is, name and all. Other times we’re given some insight into the murderer, but don’t know who they are until much later. With this story we’re kept in the dark about the who and why until quite far into the book when looking into the murder of a teenager who’d gone missing.

On the home front, both Joanna and Jenny are dealing with Andy’s death a lot better. It’s at least 9 months since his death. Jenny is especially doing well si
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Sheila Myers
Apr 19, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Suspenseful and exciting as all of the other novels in the Joanna Brady series. One of the things that make these books some of my favorites is because JA Jance not only writes about the crimes and they get solved, she also includes a lot about the life of the main character and her family. Doing so make the characters seem more real.
Allison
Hey, this time ethnic slurs were only used by people who were confirmed racists and also bad guys! (And once by a Mexican character in a joke, in a usage I think qualifies as reclaiming.) And the good guy characters are appalled by the racism exhibited by the bad guys (one of whom ends up seeing the error of his ways and deciding being a racist, that's no good), and Joanna at one point corrects a good guy character's annoyance about Spanish words -- when she corrects his pronunciation of one (he ...more
Gloria Bernal
Written in 1997, this one takes place in her home town of Bisbee AZ. My husband enjoyed reading this as he grew up in the area and attended Douglas AZ high school, who was and still is Bisbee's greatest rival. Since the main plot revolves around a cheerleaders murder, it would especially appeal to those that know the area or could relate to those times when relationships between whites and hispanics (especially in border towns) was so frowned on. The mystery of the murder and other subplots is o ...more
Marilyn Groves
from amazon: Brianna "Bree" O'Brien never returned from Skeleton Canyon. Someone brutally murdered the pretty, popular teenager who had stolen away under cover of darkness to rendezvous with her boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O'Brien's insistence that ...more
Danielle Choffrey
This is another authors that I have been steadily reading for a while now. I wasn't completely sold with this book though. When I grab a mystery I want something that leaves me wondering who did it. I want to flip the pages rapidly trying to get to the end to discover the answer. Unfortunately, this book was lacking that aspect. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a horrible book. It was an quick, enjoyable book, but it lacked the depth I was hoping to find.

Joanna Brady is searching for the killer of
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Douglas Cook
Prologue

HANDS ON her hips, youthful breasts outthrust beneath the bulk of her red-and-gray sweater, seventeen-year-old Roxanne Brianna O’Brien, captain of the Bisbee High School pep squad, tossed her long blond hair and led her six-member team in a strutting parade around the end of the football field. On a clear crisp late -November night, this was the end of halftime festivities and the beginning of the third quarter in a hard-fought football game between two teams whose long-term rivalry stre
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Sandra Strange
Good series set in the country area where my daughter, Jana, lives. I like the characterization and the ideals. The mysteries are good puzzles, realistic, with a hint of jeopardy and adventure. They are for mature readers, with some language and frankness about feelings and sexuality (very tasteful and not usually explicit). In this novel, Joanna Brady must solve the murder of a young girl who goes to meet her boyfriend secretly because her parents object because he's Mexican.
LJ
SKELETON CANYON - G
Jance, J.A. - 5th Joanna Brady

The sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, widow Joanna Brady becomes caught up in a deadly family tragedy initiated by a pair of star-crossed lovers, while trying to prove herself in the male-dominated world of law enforcement and struggling to cope with echoes of Tombstone's infamous Clanton gang.

Although I prefer her Beaumont series, I did like the characters in this. However, the plot could have been stronger.
Karen
Mar 25, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a book from Jance for a while, but this one reminded me why I had liked her books. Jance's protagonist is a female sherriff from Arizona. I like that this character, Joanna, is very well 'fleshed out' by the author. You can see the character throughout the book, which I find necessary to enjoy the book. Joanna is still recovering from the loss of her husband, and trying to make a life for herself and her daughter. Joanna is a strong woman, but the case she is thrown into involves ...more
Pattie
Mar 26, 2016 Pattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, ja-jance
A nicely complicated story in what was once my own backyard.

Many years ago I began using maps as I read the Tony Hillman series. In fact, on a camping trip in northern Arizona I was delighted to find a "Tony Hillman stories map" in the NAU bookstore. These days, it's Google mapping the books for me and it's just as much fun. And, these days, I'm listening to series I've read and enjoyed before. Even though Bisbee and environs are familiar to me, the mountains and canyons featured in SKELETON CA
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Ed
Dec 13, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna is a Sheriff in Cochise County, AZ; she was elected to the position after her husband of 10 years was shot to death while a front runner in the election. Joanna has become a respected and competent Sheriff and the books in this series are invariable good, quick reads as she progresses in her job and handles her family life as well.

Joanna Brady is called to investigate the disappearance of 18 year old Bree O'Brien. With no evidence of kidnapping, Brady refuse
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Debra
Jul 12, 2009 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second book by this author and I have enjoyed both. It was a quick read and definitely worth picking up and reading.
Sheila
Apr 24, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series by Jance. It would have gotten 5 stars except I got lost on all the Mexican names of things.
Linda Watkins
Dec 06, 2015 Linda Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first introduction to JA Jance's Sheriff Joanna Brady character. Really enjoyed the book & this character. Have started another Brady book while I'm waiting my turn at the library for several more serious books. If you are into mysteries, i hugely recommend the Sheriff Brady series. They should probably be done in order which I haven't done but am probably getting ready to wish i had.

Sheriff Brady is a down to earth real character with real life problems & joys right along wi
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Nancy Ellis
It's always relaxing and enjoyable to read one of Sheriff Joanna Brady's adventures, especially since they're set in familiar territory, Arizona. Joanna and her daughter are beginning to adjust to life after the death of their husband/father, and we're getting to know more about their friends, family, and neighbors. Joanna is working on a missing persons case involving a popular teenager, and she feels it is not going to have a happy ending. Eventually the skeletons all come out of the closet, a ...more
Chris
Aug 23, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-a-jance-read
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

3.5 stars
With this series we’re sometimes told right up front who the bad guy is, name and all. Other times we’re given some insight into the murderer, but don’t know who they are until much later. With this story we’re kept in the dark about the who and why until quite far into the book when looking into the murd
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Carrie
Jan 29, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
I decided several months ago to read the Joanna Brady series from start to finish. I had read several of the books years ago and then stopped. I am now beginning to think I know the reason I quit reading the series the first time around. It's not that the books are bad per se; they are just a bit too repetitive. As in the prior four books, there is a murder that Joanna is trying to solve while also dealing with home related issues as well. I don't have a problem with that basic format but I feel ...more
Elise M.
Nov 30, 2011 Elise M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skeleton Canyon is a book in the Joanna Brady series. Ms. Brady is Sheriff of Cochise County, based in Bisbee, Arizona, but with plenty of journeys to the Tucson area. It's fun to read a book and know the places that are part of the story. As the story opens, Joanna Brady is driving her daughter to the Girl Scout camp on Mount Lemmon. That's not too far from my house.

Meanwhile, a young girl back in Cochise County tells her parents that she's going to spend the weekend with a girlfriend in New Me
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Jud Hanson
Mar 23, 2014 Jud Hanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherrif Brady has her hands full when a recent HS graduate is found under her overturned truck and the only lead is a young Hispanic man with whom she had a relationship. At the same time, Brady's best friend disappears and a freon-smuggling ring is discovered in her small town. This book is yet one more entry in a series that has earned its place among the best.
Bruce Snell
This is the 5th book in the Joanna Brady series, and follows the same pattern as the rest of the series: Joanna deals with personal issues while solving a murder (or several). While there is nothing really new in the way the story is presented, the execution is good. We meet another new denizen of the Bisbee area, Dennis Hacker, who becomes involved with Angie (the ex-prostitute) in a budding romance. We learn that Joanna's mother has eloped without telling Joanna - and that the new husband is n ...more
Candice Mckinney
Jan 06, 2015 Candice Mckinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bree O'Brien had plans to meet her boyfriend for a weekend camping trip. Her boyfriend had to work Friday night and Saturday morning so Bree decided to go camping alone and wait on him. She is murdered before he can get there. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County and her deputies investigate the crime.

This is the fifth book in the Joanna Brady series. I have not read any of the others but this one was very good and can be read alone.
Joan
Sep 17, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Joanna Brady series is not my favorite J.A. Jance series, but Skeleton Canyon was a very enjoyable read. The plot was sufficiently complex, the characters were well-drawn and likable, and the writing style was engaging.
Karen
Aug 17, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheriff Joanna Brady drops her daughter off at sleep away camp for the first time and is immediately involved in quite the murder case. Drug running, Freon illegal imports and storms are just a few of her worries this time.
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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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