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Dead Wrong (Joanna Brady #12)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  3,679 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews

Juggling a family and a career has never been easy for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. Now the impending birth of her second child only adds to her burden, especially when two brutal crimes fall under her jurisdiction.

A corpse is discovered in the Arizona desert with the fingers severed from both hands—the body of an ex-con who served twenty years for a murder he cla

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Jul 19, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I recently read my first J.A. Jance book and I really enjoyed it. I was eager to read another. I will just start this review by saying that if this book had been my first Jance novel, there probably wouldn't have been another one in my reading future.

I read this almost a week ago. If my computer hadn't died, I'd have everything all fresh in my mind for this review, but thankfully, I've forgotten some of it. What does stand out, was the dialog. It was painful and pointless. There was also a fair
Linda Rawlins
Feb 29, 2016 Linda Rawlins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Wrong by J.A. Jance is the 12th book about Sheriff Joanna Brady, pregnant with her second baby, getting involved in animal abuse, a dog fighting ring, murder, and her in-laws. A local pair of brothers are raising dogs to fight. An Animal control officer, intent on finding evidence, is beaten and struggles for her life. In another part of the County, a body is found with his fingers cut off. He is an ex-con, recently released from prison for murder. A search of his car reveals a camera with ...more
Oct 08, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
Joanna is involved in several cases while 9 months pregnant and waiting for the baby. Butch's parents show up, uninvited and cause all kinds of problems. A former prisoner, working at the prison counseling other prisoners is found dead. He was in jail because he killed his pregnant wife. Joanna's dad is the man who originally arrested the man. His dead leads to a young woman who looks exactly like his wife. Joanna is amazing as she keeps on going during pregnancy, her mother's criticism and lack ...more
Andrew Langert
This is the 12th book in the Joanna Brady mystery series. Joanna Brady is a county sheriff in Arizona. In this book, she is nine months pregnant, expecting her 2nd child. She is a very strong, appealing character. Decisive, courageous, a superwoman.
The main plot is about the mysterious death of a man just released from prison. The ex-con has served a long prison term for murdering his then-pregnant wife while being intoxicated. He was a model prisoner and you quickly get the idea that maybe he w
Morris Graham
Jan 09, 2015 Morris Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dove right into this after reading "Orbit," which I loved. This is a book written by a woman, about a female lead, and I got the audio version, so it was narrated by a woman as well. I liked the book, the narrator not-so-much. The story is about Joanna Brady, Cochise County Sheriff, wife and expectent mother, nine-and-a-half months pregnant. The narrator captured the pregnant mother-to-be part of the main character, but never convinced me that this same person was the acting sheriff of Cochise ...more
May 03, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The election is over and Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady was re-elected by a small margin. Now 9-1/2 months pregnant, she hasn’t slowed down much, although she is finally learning to delegate. Action and drama are provided and Joanna’s response to those who believe she shouldn’t or isn’t capable of doing her job considering she’s pregnant and ready to pop is enjoyable.

Evidence suggests that a man so drunk that he’d blacked, had killed his wife and unborn child. He readily accepts responsibil
Jun 28, 2014 Quinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
In this 2007 book, the 12th in the Joanna Brady series, Brady, the sheriff of Cochise county in Arizona, struggles with solving a murder while in the third trimester of her pregnancy. The book does a good job of showing a real woman in a tough job. She's neither super-woman nor a victim of her pregnancy, and the struggles she faces are realistic.

A corpse is discovered in the desert--with all the fingers missing. The corpse was a man convicted of murder--by Joanna Brady's father, a judge--to 20 y
Richard Brand
Apr 22, 2014 Richard Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One is not at the place of reading Brady #12 without liking this series. Jance does a nice job of having multiple layers in her story. This is just good fill time reading. It is not great literature but it is kind of like Norman Rockwell of literature. I like the stories and the soap opera continuation in the books. Sometimes there is a little too much of Daddy in the past or Moma awful, but there is enough of a story. There was no horrible local gossip columnist in this story and the golden hea ...more
Manley Ranch
Feb 06, 2016 Manley Ranch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of my "regular" authors were checked out so I grabbed this to fill in the time. It was good! I'm going to have to check more out by J.A. Jance and see what there is to offer.

This story had so many twist and tie ins that it is on the verge of hard to keep track, but you do and in the end all is explained and tied together. I really enjoyed it.

You pick up on part of the story pretty quickly and I believe the author made that part easy to guess, or at least I hope so. But from there is gets a
9 sound discs (10 hr., 57 min.) Narrated by Susan Ericksen. As if juggling a family, including the impending birth of a second child, a career and a staff shortage at the Sheriff's office aren't enough, Sheriff Joanna Brady has to deal with two serious crimes. The first is the dead body of an ex-con who was found in the desert with all his fingers severed. The second is the brutal attack of one of her officers while on unauthorized stakeout. Being a sheriff is what she is and Joanna will stop at ...more
Nora Ray
Jan 05, 2016 Nora Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Good solid entertainment from one of my favorite mystery writers. Sheriff Joanna Brady is a well written, nicely fleshed out (pardon the pun) character who in this story is expecting to deliver a baby any minute. The major plot line involves the death of an ex-con but when one of the Sheriff's Animal Control Officers is nearly beaten to death, a second story emerges which is as engrossing as the first. I definitely recommend the Joanna Brady mysteries by J.A. Jance to anyone who wants to escape ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-a-jance-read
The story is about Joanna Brady, Cochise County Sheriff, wife and expectant mother, nine-and-a-half months pregnant. The narrator captured the pregnant mother-to-be part of the main character, but never convinced me that this same person was the acting sheriff of Cochise County. There was a lack of authority that comes with the office in her bearing and voice. Was this J.A. Vance's fault? I don't think so. The words themselves, if I had read in the printed version would probably have convinced m ...more
Patrick Gibson
Thanks, Sharon.

I would have never read this author if you hadn’t given me a couple of her books. I almost didn’t. I started ‘Dead Wrong’ thinking I will read a few pages, then find something else. But she is actually a clever writer and very quickly my thoughts were more like what the hell is going on here? Wow, I totally bought this story.

It is a great little thriller. The main character, a sheriff, is a couple days away from giving birth and ready to explode when all hell breaks loose. Dead b
Sep 03, 2012 Marca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, another great Joanna Brady thriller. Joanna is about to pop out her second child when a body is found in the desert. The body proves to be that of an ex-con who killed his pregnant wife years before and was working for the prison system. Joanna finds that the ex-con always denied killing his wife and he had friends who believed him. In the meantime, one of Joanna's animal control officers was viciously attacked and left for dead while investigating a dog fighting ring. In the midst of all t ...more
Nov 20, 2008 JBradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It did not take long to find more Jance books; my local library had three more Jance novels in its big-print section (which is about all I can read while recovering from my recent cataract operation), and this was the first one I grabbed. An interesting plot parallel; this one begins with a murder that took place over a quarter century before the book starts, as covered in a prologue, but that is the only similarity, other than that the characters are wonderful, the dialog is equally good, and t ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read

"Dead Wrong" by J. A. Jance
(from the inside flap)
Juggling a family and a career is never easy--and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the inpending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last things Joanna needs are two serious crimes.
First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in peris
Ken Montville
Apr 06, 2012 Ken Montville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, J.A.Jance readers
Recommended to Ken by: random choice
I read J.A.Jance every now and then and I'm often surprised how much I enjoy her books.

This is book is definitely worth the time. I wouldn't say it is a "page turner" or "heart thumping" but it does keep your attention with multiple sub-plots and interesting characters.

Joanna Brady, an elected Sheriff, is big time pregnant but still running the Sheriff's department and fighting crime all at the same time. Meanwhile, her husband, Butch, is off at a mystery writer's conference and obnoxious, overb
Aug 27, 2010 Karol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sincerely like the character of Joanna Brady, and I enjoy reading about Cochise County, Arizona which is an area I visited often during the 6 years I lived in Phoenix.

The stories of J.A. Jance's that I've read so far seem to have a ring of truth to them. The relationships are believable. And it seems that the sheriff never gets to focus on just one big case at a time . . . in this book, there were two major cases that her department was working on with thin resources. Figuring out who did the
Nov 13, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed the book, despite the fact that it's the 11th book a series. In fact, now I want to read the first 10 books in the series as well.

Beware a minor spoiler (not really since it's readily available info in other online reviews)...but originally I took issue with the fact that the woman who's attacked was, of course, also raped. Part of my aversion to this is due to what seems like an overabundance of it lately. (This was now the second mystery in a row in which rape played a role, though t
Chris Birdy
Jan 31, 2016 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best in the Joanna Brady series. Her pregnancy as she investigates a murder had shades of Fargo in the background. A guy who did twenty years for the murder of his wife and unborn child makes little sense. The man paid his debt to society, had no friends or enemies. To get to the bottom of this crime Brady must go back to the original crime where this victim was convicted of murder although a body was never recovered. A real page turner.
This one is my first J.A JANCE book and i must say she isn't a bad writer and has a knack of creating interest in reading. however i rated this book 2 stars because i am rather not impressed by the plot and story set by the writer. When i bought this book i expected some suspense and thrill which i always look forward to when reading a mystery solving book. however this book just didn't succeed in both areas much. the thrill was lost throughout and as with the suspense well it was there in the e ...more
Carol Anderson
Talk about controlling, frank was right on there. Sheriff Joanna Brady is nine months pregnant but that won't keep her down. She's out solving crimes, involved in a high speed car chase, hiking through the woods to find another criminal and shooting one of the bad guys after dropping to the ground and aiming under the car! Good thing for her that her water doesn't break at the crime scene till she's solved that week's murders. [of course ). So much going on and oh what a tangled weave.
Oct 21, 2008 Nell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I started reading J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady series on a vacation to Sedona, Arizona, when I found an early installment in the local library's used book sale, and liked it enough to read the others. Joanna Brady is sheriff of Cochise County, a working mother of a (now) teenage daughter, widowed and remarried and now a new mother, so she faces the real-life challenges of a woman trying to do the best by her family, her job, her friends, and her community, often in situations where there is no obvi ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
This was a really good installment of this series with some very intriguing mysteries, lots of action and some heartwarming storylines to balance it all out.

The frustrations with this audio book stemmed from having yet another different narrator than the earlier volumes that I have listened to, who discovered even new ways to pronounce various names of side characters. Don't third and fourth narrators of a series owe it to the listeners to pronounce names the same way that the listeners are use
Jan 26, 2014 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have found a new author to follow. I really like the way Jance develops the characters and see potential to follow this series much like I have the Corcoran O Connor series of William Kent Krueger. I like series in which the setting--in this case Arizona--seem almost as important as the characters and the plot. The characters deal with real life issues such as the tension between family and work and the people central to the stories--in this case the sheriff's dept--are fully fleshed out.
Oct 24, 2010 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Southern Arizona backdrop, but the story itself was rather predictable. Also, I though it was dumb how Joanna and her detectives had just gotten done reading about how the mother-in-law had spent years trying to keep her son-in-law in prison but when they went to visit her they were oh so surprised that she was nothing but gleeful at his death...I mean honestly, I think that Jance could make her characters more believable. She also lacks pithy comments when she tries to end her chapt ...more
Pr Latta
Though #12 in the series, this title stands out for a couple reasons: Joanna is due to deliver momentarily and the "momlit" tag relates to the various conflicts between her roles. Bring in murder, divorces, Huntington's Disease, dog fighting, illegals (of course) and you have Joanna contemplating what is right vs. what is the law. May appeal more to women than men!
Diane Shipley
Aug 01, 2015 Diane Shipley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a J.A. Jance book, and I really enjoyed it, I will now start on the J.A. Jance journey of fiction and get another one of her books.

This story is about Joanna Brady, is a sheriff and a mother and a wife, and trying to solve an old murder that her father had investigated 20 years ago. Great story, enjoyed the plot and the characters.
Sep 03, 2009 Dlora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series about sheriff Joanna Brady in Cochise County, Arizona (Dead Wrong is #12 in the series). There is good police procedure and good investigating along with the social aspects of balancing family life with work life, especially the very demanding life of police work complicated by the fact that Sheriff Brady is in the last weeks of her pregnancy. In this story, we watch the sheriff's department discover who murdered ex-con Bradley Evans who has completed his sentence for having k ...more
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