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Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady #5)

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Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings us another mesmerizing thriller featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady as she searches for the brutal killer of a young girl.

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 boyfrien
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Paperback, 387 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Avon (first published August 1st 1997)
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LadyCalico
Mar 09, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
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
Donna
Feb 07, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
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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Julianne
Oct 21, 2008 Julianne rated it it was amazing
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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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.
Gerard
Nov 22, 2015 Gerard rated it it was ok
Good narrative. But an OK read.
Stephanie Jenkins ortiz cerrillo
A Romeo and Juliet scenario on the U.S. and Mexico border intertwined with murders and smuggling. Sheriff Joanna Brady proves she has the ability to question suspects, follow leads and tie together everything like an experienced law officer with years under their belt. When she gives romantic advice to her friend she may have set her up for heartache and danger. I loved the twists and turns in the plot and how it all came together in the end. An excellent read by Jance.
Bookmom
Apr 22, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing
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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Debfiddle
May 26, 2015 Debfiddle rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 14, 2010 Gloria Bernal rated it liked it
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
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.
Sandra Strange
Jun 07, 2010 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Debra
May 02, 2009 Debra rated it liked it
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.
Jan
Mar 06, 2017 Jan rated it liked it
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. 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 an 18-year old girl who has been horribly murdered. This girl had secrets, and so do her parents. Joanna also has to deal with some problems ...more
Ruthie Jones
And the story continues...

Who knew such a sleepy town could harbor such corruption and menace? Good thing Joanna Brady is the new sheriff and not afraid to get her hands dirty chasing down the bad guys.
Dave Nichols
Dec 19, 2016 Dave Nichols rated it really liked it
Shelves: cop-story
These Joanna Brady books keep getting a little better each time. In this one, a young teen aged girl is killed. Her nude body is found in Skeleton Canyon.
Chris
Mar 06, 2017 Chris rated it it was ok
This one did not do it for me, I can't put my finger on it because I love this series. I have found with other authors that every now and then either the topic or just a character that I cannot connect with or do not like at all, makes it hard to want to get back into reading.

I look forward to continuing the series.
Chris
Apr 06, 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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Teresa
Dec 29, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: checked-out
I love the Joanna Brady series. Always excitement, adventure, and emotionally charged moments. J. A. Jance is my go-to author when I want a good mystery. Looking forward to more books in this series as well as reading her other series. Excellent writer and wonderful stories!
Susan
Jan 15, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Another fun read by J A Jance
Joan
Sep 22, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, audio
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alex
Sep 22, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
This is # 5 in the Joanna Brady series. The titles sound like westerns, but are actually mysteries that take place in Arizona.
Elise Stone
Nov 28, 2011 Elise Stone rated it really liked it
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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Pattie
Mar 11, 2016 Pattie rated it really liked it
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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Alger
Sep 06, 2016 Alger rated it it was ok
Okay, done with the Joanna Brady novels I picked up off the curb and I need never read another.

Jance has a method to writing her books that serves a careful and casual reader well, but is infuriating to anyone paying attention. This novel is a compilation of the worst of the Jance method. One of Jance's most irritating habits is that she does not show, she tells. Sometimes this is through necessity, since her character cannot be in all places at once. More often, however, Joanna appears just aft
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Danielle Choffrey
Jun 16, 2014 Danielle Choffrey rated it liked it
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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Karen
Mar 17, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Douglas Cook
Apr 11, 2014 Douglas Cook rated it really liked it
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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Marilyn Groves
Nov 04, 2014 Marilyn Groves rated it really liked it
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
Carrie
Jan 17, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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