Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady, #5)
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Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady, #5) (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 boyfrie

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published 1997)
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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
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...more
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
Douglas Cook

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...more
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.
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
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.
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.
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...more
Jud Hanson
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
barbara a bilak
Well written Fast moving story

Jane's books are always a pleasure to read.We are always watching for the next one.We have introduced a number of friends to her books and they are glad we did.

Sheriff Joanna Brady is my favorite of all of J.A.Jance's characters. This novel doesn't disappoint. Good read.

And, as per usual, there is mention of Tucson, Mt.Lemmon and myriad other local locales. Me likey.
David Tucker SR
Lots of suspense

Author intricately entwined 3 seemingly separate events to culminate in one complicated ending and then successfully changed tragedy into triumph.

Anita Cardwell
Very good book

This book was a smooth reading book. It was a mystery for sure, thought provoking, but not upsetting enough to keep you up at night.
Carolyn E Adams
Skelton Canyon

I love reading Joanna Brady and I have read a lot of them but this one seemed to drag on. I still enjoyed reading it

Julia Tottenham-Whitehall
It's not the author, I think I get tired of a series after a while. I liked the earlier ones but this felt, meh. I had the same feeling with other authors.
Another crackling good Brady mystery. I am trying to catch up with the series and have been going back and forth in time. This one is after Andy's death, but previous to her remarriage. Excellent as always.


I rate this book a 5 as it kept my interest and the plot was different. Easy read as well.
Mar 16, 2014 Mum rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 Stars. I like the main character, and how she manages the shifts between a tough sheriff and a caring mother and friend. An enjoyable series.
Cyndy East
Loved the story and plot twists. However the Kindle version I read had numerous typos that were annoying.
Really, this book was fine. But I just didn't get into the story. The characters were stereotypical and shallow. I didn't like how the main character did not spend time at home, somehow, even though she was the town sherriff and very busy so she did not have time to go home. She worried about her daughter away at camp, but the relationship was underdeveloped. I know this is the fifth in a series and I haven't read the first four books to get the background on their relationship, but there was no...more
It was a pleasure to find this Joanna Brady mystery in the stacks at the nearby library. JA Jance manages to weave an interesting tale. It was strange, but I expected to find that David O'Brien and his wife Kathryn were somehow involved with some of the criminals who were also mentioned in the book. There is a Romeo and Juliet pair of young lovers who face tragedy, also some comparison in that the father suffered injuries in a car accident that took his first young family, and then the high scho...more
Kathy kennedy
#5 in the Sheriff Brady series. Lots of plot twists. a good read. Human touches as usual.
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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.
This novel will keep you going right up to the last page. Poor Joanna....there's no such thing as a vacation, or even a simple day off!
I finally finished listening to this book while swimming laps in the pool. It took me awhile to get used to using the waterproof MP3 player and I skipped between two stories and wasn't swimming a lot, but finally did it! And it was listening to books that got me through it! It's a great way to exercise! This is a Joanna Brady murder mystery and I enjoy this series, so it's strictly a fun book to read -- something non-school related!
I enjoy this series about Joanna Brady, a sheriff in southern Arizona. This is the fifth in the series, but I think the first one that I've listened to. I am familiar with the area in which it is set; so have the picture in my mind of the area. Joanna has begun to make a name for herself in a man's world of law enforcement, and has gained the respect of her fellow officers. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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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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