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Shoot Don't Shoot (Joanna Brady #3)

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An assassin's bullet shattered Joanna Brady's world, leaving her policeman husband to die in the Arizona desert. But the young widow fought back the only way she knew how: by bringing the killers to justice...and winning herself a job as Cochise County Sheriff.

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Still mourning her loss, Joanna Brady needs to be strong and supportive for her nine-year-old dau
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Harper (first published 1995)
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I fully intended to start out with another book while on vacation this past week, one I had been waiting impatiently to come out in paperback. And yet, as my husband and I packed for our trip to Colorado, I decided I was more in the mood to read something that was set in one of the states we would be visiting. Joanna Brady is the newly elected sheriff in Cochise County, Arizona. In this third book in the series, Joanna travels to the Phoenix area to train as a law enforcement officer. At the urg ...more
Newly sworn in Sheriff Joanna Brady, heads off to academy training to learn how to be a cop and be better able to do her job. Just before leaving she’s requested to look into the murder of a woman’s ex-daughter-in-law. Her son is in jail, being accused of the murder which took place near the area where Joanna will be going for training, and of course his mother doesn’t believe he’s guilty.

Did she make a mistake going to the academy? That’s her thought on her first day. There’s only one other fem
This was supposed to be Joanna's introduction to law enforcement, a basic six week course at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Peoria, a chance to learn fundamentals of evidence, police procedure, and legal issues and to network with fellow professionals from around the state. At least that is the case in the academies I have been associated with. Unfortunately, the Arizona Academy is a cesspool of mysogynistic authoritarian misfits, so perhaps it is just as well that Joanna blows it offs ...more
Shoot Don't Shoot is the third book in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna was recently elected as sheriff of Cochise County. It is only three months since her deputy husband lost his life while on duty. Joanna is trying to make a new life with her daughter Jenny. She registers in a police training school in Peoria, to help give her experience in her new position.She makes new friends in Peoria but also has a hard and not likable training instructor. She soon is drawn into a series of murders that a ...more
After A Subdued Start, A Whirlwind Wrap Up!

Unlike the author's previous book in the series, this one starts in what seems to be a disjointed and somewhat subdued manner. Once you get to the last thirty percent though, the story really heats up and then turns into a whirlwind. J.A.Jance uses her laid back style of introducing the background characters and eventful supporting plot to build the reader up to a very realistic story much like a good detective TV series. Once she gets the supporting st
#3 in the Joanna Brady series. After the murder of her deputy sheriff husband, Joanna is elected sheriff of Cochise County, AZ. Realizing her law enforcement deficiencies, she enrolls in the Police Academy.

Joanna Brady goes to Phoenix to attend the 5 week course of the Arizona Police Officers Academy. She is also asked to look into the case of Jorge Grisalva, accused of his wife's murder. Joanna find parallels to other murders that can not be connected with Jorge. She meets Butch Dixon, a litera
Story and all that is fine... nothing too special, but not hateful either.

However, the Ellen Travolta audiobook performance and production is AWFUL! I have probably listened to 100+ audiobooks, and I've *never* heard pages turning. Every page turn is clearly audible, including an awkward pause by the performer. The breaks between different performance days are also very noticeable, drawing even more attention to the audio production and away from the story.

The producer and publisher of this aud
The third installment of the Joanna Brady series, has her going to Phoenix to be trained on the law enforcement side of being a sheriff. She is one of only 2 females in the class. Before she goes, she is asked to unofficially look into a case of what seems to be domestic violence resulting in the death of a young mother. But the suspect's mother swears he is innocent. Plus this is Joanna's first big holiday (Thanksgiving) without her husband. This story develops Joanna's skills and her independe ...more
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Marcia Berg Haskell
"Set against Arizona's parched landscape, the new mystery starring Sheriff Joanna Brady delivers the breakneck plot, genuine characters and unceasing Brady style that Jance's readers have come to expect. When a peeping Tom serial killer stalks the campus of the Arizona Police Academy, Joanna is drawn into a chilling, emotional investigation."

I specially enjoyed this book, because I missed it the first time around. So for me this book filled in lots of blanks - Joanna's training as a police offic
Joanna Brady mystery #3
After only 3 weeks in her new position as sheriff, Joanna is off to Phoenix to attend APOA (Arizona Police Officers Academy). A 6 week course, Joanna is not looking forward to leaving Jennifer, her 9 year old daughter, or her new responsibilities. Upon arrival she finds herself checking out some facts regarding accusations against Jorje's murdering his ex, Selena, just weeks before. Things are not adding up and Joanna finds herself watching her backside.
Jennifer Hodges Young
In this the thrid book of the series Joanna has to go to Phoneix for a training seminar so that she does not get herself or her deputies killed from lack of experience. Dave the leader of the class is the sterotypical good ole boy cop in trouble. He is fat, lazy, bigoted, hates women and feels the need to constantly put Joanna on the spot. Before she leaves for Phoneix one of her deputies request that she check into a case, the man in question was in prison for killing his ex-wife but some peopl ...more
2.5 s -

Too much padding, not enough story. There's a murder at the beginning & then very little happens for over half the book. Things get moving in the 2nd half but by then I was pretty fed up & wanting it to be over. Not a bad story, but irritatingly slow.
Gloria Bernal
Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County AZ is newly elected, 2 months prior when this book opens. She is sent to Phoenix for training and in the process meets Butch, a bartender who helps her solve a serial murder case. Butch is evidently going to be a permanent figure in this series. She also finds out she has a brother she never met, who shows up in Phoenix while the family is joining her for Thanksgiving.

I like this series, this is the 3rd book of 13 about Sheriff Brady. Wonderful reading for
Dana Mcgrew
Nice read

It's good to find another series to read that's entertaining but neither so spellbinding one loses whole days nor so utterly technical one skips whole pages of details to get to the rest of the story. I look forward to seeing Joanna's growth.
By far, this was the weakest of the Joanna Brady series. Another excellent plot, but the character development was lacking. A serial killer needs more than one paragraph to be described by the author. I would recommend this book, only because it is part of a very good series.
Nancy Hartill
I love reading J A Jance. This one was slightly different in the new Sheriff, Joanna Brady, goes to school and unravels a mystery away from home. She feels like she is being watched and new friends die. She gets to the bottom of it and solves the case.
My dad is on a Joanna Brady kick, and last time I was here, I read one -- this time, I forgot my book, so I read another. It appears I too am on a Joanna Brady kick now. (Though I am not as fond as Dad is of quoting the blurb on the books, "Obviously not every woman in America is a sheriff... but Joanna Brady is every woman" in this very breathy movie trailer voice.)

Great literature they are not, but they're fast, engaging reads, and Joanna Brady is a compelling heroine -- taking on a complicate
Enjoyed the book. Great characterizations. Distracted by narrator who mispronounced several words and one can hear her breathe and swallow.
Maybe it's because it's summer, but I'm becoming very fond of this character. Books are decently written and the plots hold together.
Joanna goes off to the "police academy" to learn how to become a police officer and gets herself involved in a serial murder case. Again, these books are more about the character development rather than about the mystery at hand. I think that is part of the charm of these books, that sets them apart from, say, Michael Connelly or John Sanford's books. I'm really coming to love Joanna's inlaws and her daughter Jenny. Her mother is a piece of work, but I enjoy the scenes with her as well. The myst ...more
Denise McLachlan
Couldn't wait to read it, couldn't put it down and then I couldn't wait to go on to the next book in the series.
Kathy kennedy
third in the Sheriff Brady series. She attends police academy after winning election as sheriff. Lots of plot twists, little tear jerker. Good wholesome read .
Aug 07, 2014 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ja jance, mystery, joanna brady series
I thought this book was fun. It's fun getting to know this series again. This is an easy light mystery.
I like the characters in this series, very real people. This story was a little far fetched in places, but still an enjoyable listen on audiobook.
Donna Mcnab
Now that Joanna Brady is a newly elected sheriff, she has signed up for Police Officers' Training School in Peoria. While there, she talks to a jailed man, accused of killing his wife, at the request of his mother. She suspects that he is innocent of his wife's death but is willing to make a deal to protect his two children. This visit leads to noticing other murders of women that have happened in the area and the beginning of a suspicion that there may be a serial murderer on the loose. As usua ...more
good book. love the ongoing character development. looking forward to rest of series.
Lynn Pembroke
I like this series. Clean interesting stories that keep your interest.
Tonya Lucas
Loved it!! Loved it!! Joanna Brady is an awesome & fearless Sheriff. This is a fast pace, fun filled mystery. Gripping ending. 5 Stars!!
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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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