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Shoot Don't Shoot (Joanna Brady #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,285 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
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.

Shoot/Don't Shoot

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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Ruthie Jones
Jun 30, 2016 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I'm really getting involved in these people's lives. J.A. Jance definitely knows how to keep the ball rolling. I've already started the next in the serious, Dead to Rights, because I'm on this roller coaster and can't get off! Not that I want to.

The main character, Sheriff Joanna Brady, is believable, flawed, gutsy, and vulnerable. I like her.

Shoot Don't Shoot doesn't sugarcoat the problem of greedy people manipulating people's memories through nefarious ways such as drugs and hypnosis. Joanna t
Feb 03, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Trish Mastriano
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Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2016 Alger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Of the books in this series that I picked up for free off the curb, this one has the least heft to the story. The premise of the book is that Sheriff Joanna Brady is inPeoria, AZ to attend law enforcement training. This being a Jance novel, she becomes the target of a serial killer's obsession. This being a Jance novel, there are only twelve people in all of this major Phoenix suburb, and figuring out which is the killer, which are future victims/red herrings, and which are future BFFs is not a ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has only been two months since Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady's husband has died, and she ran and won the election for Sheriff in his place. Being so new and inexperienced at the job, DEA Agent Adam York (from book 1) has suggested that Joanna needs some training as a police officer. Therefore, she enrolled in a six week crash course at APOA (Arizona Police Officers Academy) in Phoenix. It starts the week of Thanksgiving and Joanna has misgivings about leaving her daughter, Jenny, so soo ...more
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
Mar 02, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2016 Pattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, ja-jance
Just finished the book and sitting here with a smile on my face. I must have missed this one when it was first published, and had to hunt a bit to find it this time. I really, really like the way JA Jance develops her characters, revealing more with each book so that they begin to feel like family. Her relationship with her secretary is still pretty rocky at this point and I had to chuckle when Joanna mused about "remoting" her to Elfrida, (not far enough IMHO), or maybe the Wonderland of Rocks ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Arizona, newly sworn-in Sheriff Joanna Brady leaves home for a six-week law enforcement training course at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, giving her a chance to learn the fundamentals of her job and network with her peers from around the state. With only one other female in the class, the instructor is especially condescending to them, and boring to boot.

There are murders, domestic violence, and kidnapping to keep the story moving along, as well as the protagonist and her 9 year ol
Nov 03, 2014 HARRY L WINTERS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this Johanna Brady mystery. I also like the fact that the mysteries are presented in contact with her life and you get a nice mix of the personal things going on with her as well as a professional and the current case she is looking into. I found the story very interesting and enjoyed the "red herrings" that were embedded in the plot. I also like the fact that Joanna's grief is still discussed and not hidden as though she were over it or anything like that. because it makes her ...more
May 10, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
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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Jan 07, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marcia  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
Jan 30, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I gave this book*** because it spent too much time introducing the character, Joanne Brady, her election to sherif , her daughter,Jenny , her mother, her in-laws, her newly found brother, death of her husband, Andy , her experience at the police academy, and finally after nearly 300 pages we go into"the heart of darkness", the mystery which becomes intense. In all I like the book and it may deserve 4* but it read at first like a novel.
Tracy Stackhouse
Aug 07, 2016 Tracy Stackhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was reading the McCloud brothers series by McKenna when I discovered the JP Beaumont series and then this one. The McCloud books go by a formula and you can predict most of the plot from the beginning. These are way different. Joanna is growing with each book and the plots are not at all the same. Well written, no lifted passages, good development of all the characters - highly recommended.
Nancy Ellis
Jul 20, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are easy, entertaining reads, especially enjoyable to me because they are set in Arizona, this one in the Phoenix area which is more familiar to me than the Bisbee area. The characters are likable and for the most part believable, not that I know anything about law enforcement, but the personalities are true to life. Looking forward to reading more of this series!
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
Jul 04, 2015 Catsalive rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Apr 05, 2015 Dana Mcgrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Joanna Brady Adventure

This book really fleshes out Joanna and her family and introduces the reader to a character who will later become a significant character in her life. After a confusing start the story gets rolling along and those early vignettes begin to make since. This gal can WRITE A BOOK!
I love J.A. Jance's books, this one however, was too slow for me and it didn't get
really interesting until the last quarter of the book.
I enjoyed the introduction of Butch to the series and I found he was very likeable.
I am reading all of her book, but, this one was the first one that I found had a slow
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.
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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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