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Dead To Rights (Joanna Brady #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,417 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews

A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist.? A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condem

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published October 1st 1996)
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Dec 26, 2012 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about the fourth book in the Joanna Brady series. Since the book is older, (and I suspect few people will be looking at this review), I am just going to touch briefly on my thoughts.

On a positive note, I found the plot in this novel to be much more involved than earlier ones in the series. There are also several subplots that occur in addition to the main one and Jance does a good job tying them altogether to make an interesting story. The reader also gets more detailed kno
Jennifer Hodges Young
In this the fourth showing of sheriff Joanna Brady she has her hands full locking horns with experienced detectives on the case and budget cutting county supervisors. When veterinarian Amos Buckwalter is murdered by arson, deputies immediately suspect Hal Morgan, whose wife, Bonnie, was recently killed by a drunken Buckwalter in a car accident. Morgan, himself an ex-cop, had been picketing Buckwalter's animal hospital, handing out Mothers Against Drunk Driving literature just before the vet's bo ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback, 2000 is where you can find an article written about the drunk-driver aspect of this novel.

Mar 27, 2010 Allisyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next installment of the Joanna Brady mysteries. The book opens with a powerful opening scene of a deliriously happy couple torn apart on their wedding anniversary when a drunk driver kills the wife. Fast forward a year and the husband is out in front of the Vet Clinic owned by the driver protesting and handing out MADD flyers. The driver is later murdered and the suspect on hand is the husband. Despite much pressure to the contrary, Sheriff Joanna Brady insists on hunting for answers in an e ...more
Donna Davis
Jance is an old hand at writing strong mystery plots. For me, though, her real magic lies in her series set in her native Seattle. When she takes up with characters in the desert southwest, she still spins a good tale, and yet the heart of the matter is different. There are subtle language changes that imply a different sense toward undocumented workers than my own, one that is lacking in tolerance or a sense of ambiguity.

Are Seattle's cops angels? Not so much. But Jance is able to create an alt
Deena Scintilla
Listening to this. The reader is irritating-swallows, pauses at strange places, & turns the pages loudly. Good grief.

7/20-this is taking forever to move along and the reader is amateurish. Will give it one more try before I move on to another audio.

7/22/10 too much time was spent with the protagonist reminiscing or going into detail on people or events in her personal life forsaking the actual plot development of the "mystery".. Also, it is not necessary to always use the characters entire n
Yvonne Mendez
The fourth installment of the Joanna Brady series, it was a good read. Not sure if it was because I wasn't paying close attention but it did surprise me who the culprits were at the end.

It touched on things like drunk driving, mental health and domestic violence. On book 3 there was a reference about illegal immigration and on book 4 it was more pronounced. Trying to do a good cop/bad cop on the debate, the good cop doesn't really try to give a defense. Then again the book was published in 1996
Virginia Ullrich-serna
Just finished listening to it. Sorry was good and gave us deeper insight into what makes Sheriff Brady tick.

Since this is and older book the recording is one of the first and has lots of flaws as stated by a previous reviewer. To me the most glaring was the mispronunciation of last names of Hispanic origin. I contacted Books in Motion , the company that Dodd the recording. They replied that when the book was recorded it was hard to get pronunciation info and that there was no way to fix the fl
Linda Watkins
Dec 12, 2015 Linda Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd JA Jance, Sheriff Joanna Brady book I've read. It is part of a series which I didn't intend to get involved in but now that I am, I'm really enjoying it. I started with these books waiting for something, anything, on my reserved list at the library to become available. I find I really like the character, Joanna Brady. I plan to start doing these books in order though. The next one that I just started reading is the 1st in the series, Desert Heat. Finally, in the first 5 min of this book ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Megargee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife and I are reading the Sheriff Joanne Brady and and J. P.Beaumont novels in chronological order. She is several titles ahead of me in both series.
In this, the fourth Brady novel, Jance appears to be hitting her stride. There is more action, more suspense, and more complexity. All of the major continuing characters and their back stories have been introduced. (When you encounter new characters in a Brady novel, they are likely to be the murderers or victims, especially if they are from
Apr 20, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been about 4 months since Joanna Brady’s husband was killed and 2 months since being elected Sheriff of Cochise County. The department is short-staffed since a couple of people resigned when she was sworn in and the number of homicides has increased while the budget is being slashed. Tempers are running high both at work and at home as Jenny and Joanna are still trying to cope with Andy’s death. To make matters worse, to prove herself to others, Joanna is getting involved in every work-rela ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
When veterinarian, Bucky Buckwalter, is killed in an arson fire at his clinic, the main suspect turns out to be the husband of a woman Bucky killed in a drunk driving accident. Hours earlier, Hal Morgan was outside the clinic passing out MADD fliers. New sheriff, Joanna Brady, doesn't think Hal is the arsonist but other, more vocal, members of her staff are working hard to convince everyone he is.

Joanna continues to try to make a life for herself and her young daughter after the death of her hu
Enjoyed the book - light reading. But the story took place in an area where I used to live, Cochise County, so I really liked the setting.
Jun 02, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Quick, exciting mystery with several crimes going on told from the view of a female sheriff. I think I like Jance books because she gives the view point of a women and the concerns of a women like child care and career. Joanna Brady is involved in the case of the local vet who was been killed. The suspect is a man whose wife the vet had killed when he was driving drunk. The vet got a light sentence. The vet and his wife have an unhappy marriage. The vet is a womanizer. There are lots of people w ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

It seems like this book, labeled 4th in the series, is set in an earlier time in the sequence, when Joanna is still working out her relationship with the cops in the department, and in which her love interest finally appears.

There's a good amount of character complexity, and personal issues with the tough guy cops to carry the day.

I'll continue working through to series as they come up on the library website.
Feb 19, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna is the modern day sheriff of Bisbee, AZ.

Joanna Brady deals with a string of murders. The husband of a woman killed by a drunk driver is suspected of killing the driver, a local veterinarian, but his wife and his lover are other suspects. An old woman kills her abusive father. Joanna is making progress on co-existing with her mother with help from her in-laws. Butch Dixon comes to visit.
Joanna is back in Bisbee after her training course in Phoenix. She is still learning the ropes and working out the kinks with the "older" members of her department. She is also developing some understanding of her relationship with her mother. As she works on these personal issue. Bisbee is going through a tough time as a local vet is murdered, an outsider is accused, but Joanna seems to believe he is innocent which puts her at odds with members of her department.
Another good entry in the series. I think I like this one a little better than the last one. The mystery is about a man who lost his wife on their 19th anniversary to a drunk driver. The driver turns out to be the vet for Bisbee. Once the driver pays his debt to society and returns to Bisbee is when the fun begins. The man who lost his wife shows up at the vet's practice handing out pamphlets from M.A.D.D. The next day, the vet ends up dead and (of course) you know who is the prime suspect.

The m
Nancy Ellis
Jan 07, 2016 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series featuring Sheriff Joanna Brady. This is an earlier book, and Joanna is still adjusting to being a single mom and a sheriff. The characters are entertaining and down to earth. There is nothing pretentious; it's just straight out entertainment. I also love the fact that the setting is Bisbee, Arizona, a location I'm familiar with since I live between Tucson and Phoenix.
Mar 22, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, novel
The Chicago Tribune blurb summed it up well: "Surprisingly moving...The best thing about J.A. Jance's books is the way she can move from an exciting scene on one page to a sensitive, touching personal moment on the next." She is so good with both plot and character development that her book is a novel, in the true sense of the word, as well as being a top-rate mystery.
Apr 10, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Brady is a single mother dealing with grief over the loss of her husband. She has to deal with an over-bearing mother and a 9-year-old daughter as she struggles to balance her life. She is also Sheriff of a large county in southern Arizona, where she works with some men who resent her in the position. But Brady is able to handle the demands of being a law-enforcement officer with common sense and sympathy. J. A. Jance's writing of the Arizona terrain resonates with those who know the area ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The one where she has already met Butch and he comes to visit her in Bisbee for the first time. Jenny gets her horse Kiddo from the dead veterinarian. Interesting take on mineral rights and land ownership in Bisbee.
Bruce Snell
A good read that brings us closer to Joanna Brady's world. Through course of the book at least 8 people die, several more end up in the hospital, two sheriff's deputies are assaulted, and one citizen is assaulted twice - if I didn't know how quiet and peaceful Bisbee really is, I would be afraid to go there, :-) By the end of the story, Joanna has learned more about being a law enforcement officer, she has become friendlier with her future love interest and she has just learned that her mother i ...more
Gail Hintergardt
Sep 19, 2015 Gail Hintergardt rated it it was amazing
She's getting the hang of the job now, growing into her office.

I liked the character development. JA Jance is so adept a slowly bringing Joanna Brady to life as a woman and a Sheriff.
Danielle Choffrey
One thing about this series is that it is not like most mysteries that one reads these days. In my opinion these are more like an old time mystery, not a lot of action going on or suspense. Don't get me wrong though the story is good, but you have to know what to expect. I like the slow easy going style this author employs in this series. The characters are likable and seem to be developing well as the series progresses. If I did have one complaint I would like to see slightly more action throug ...more
Jeff Dickison
May 22, 2014 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Joanna Brady tale. In this one she has to investigate the death of the local veterinarian and the death of a local n'er-do-well. Enjoyable. Recommended to fans of Joanna Brady.
May 03, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-a-jance-read

Another good entry in the series. I think I like this one a little better than the last one. The mystery is about a man who lost his wife on their 19th anniversary to a drunk driver. The driver turns out to be the vet for Bisbee. Once the driver pays his debt to society and returns to Bisbee is when the fun begin
Sep 28, 2008 Julianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Joanna Brady mystery, #4 in the series! It starts out with a drunk driver in Phoenix, and ends with wild parrots in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona. Lots of fires and explosions in between, and people who tell you their story, and you just want to believe them. Who's telling the truth and who is lying? Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County, has to sort it all out. Add in orphan girls from China, the LPGA, a bad hairdo, a guy on a Harley, a jealous wife, dogs and ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid Joanna Brady outing. This book highlighted the disastrous results when we drink & drive. Some of the plot was beyond belief, but overall, an enjoyable read.
So the ethnic slur against Mexicans used in the last book? Used at LEAST three times in this book. Including by the protagonist, very matter-of-factly (like it's not an insult, just a word you use to describe someone trying to enter the country illegally), not fifteen pages after she tries to engage her mother about her racism!

AND the way the narration describes how SHOCKING it is that GAYS moved into town (the book keeps calling them "the gays"), and then one man uses the word "partner," and Jo
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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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