Skeleton Canyon

Skeleton Canyon 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 B

  • Title: Skeleton Canyon
  • Author: J.A. Jance
  • ISBN: 9780380724338
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 boyfrienTop 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 boyfriend Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence But she is disturbed by the O Brien s insistence that Bree s boyfriend is responsible for their daughter s slaying Joanna senses there are words not being spoken, and dark mysteries locked behind doors of the sprawling O Brien family compound But it is the strange disappearance of a good friend that is pulling Sheriff Brady ever closer to the lethal nest of lies, greed and secrets hiding in a desolate corner of the Arizona desert where the next blood that feeds the parched, cracked earth could be her own.

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    • J.A. Jance

      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.Series J.P Beaumont Joanna Brady Ali Reynolds Walker Family

    581 thoughts on “Skeleton Canyon

    • This author is a constant 3 stars for me. I like that her stories are clean, content wise. Sometimes, that is exactly what I'm in the mood for. She also creates warm and personable characters. They all seem like the people you'd expect to find next door in a small country town. For being a series, I liked that the characters are moving on and progressing. I really liked the beginning of this book. I thought that this was definitely the best one yet. However, the last half, as the plot was suppos [...]


    • This is one of those books that make me wish 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 find in bo [...]


    • I was pretty sure I'd like this as I'd enjoyed "Tombstone Courage".but this book was far better than I was expecting! A good, entertaining, suspense thriller with strong characters & a likeable heroine in Joanna Brady.


    • 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 [...]


    • This was the best of the series so far. Joanna has matured as a politician and a sheriff. The story is woven together well. Conflicts between the whites and people of Mexican descent are one of the focuses of this story as are the hopes and dreams parents have for their children and the children's needs to be independent of those dreams.



    • A Romeo and Juliet scenario on the U.S. and Mexico border intertwined with murders and smuggling. Sheriff Joanna Brady proves she has the ability to question suspects, follow leads and tie together everything like an experienced law officer with years under their belt. When she gives romantic advice to her friend she may have set her up for heartache and danger. I loved the twists and turns in the plot and how it all came together in the end. An excellent read by Jance.


    • With this series we’re sometimes told right up front who the bad guy is, name and all. Other times we’re given some insight into the murderer, but don’t know who they are until much later. With this story we’re kept in the dark about the who and why until quite far into the book when looking into the murder of a teenager who’d gone missing.On the home front, both Joanna and Jenny are dealing with Andy’s death a lot better. It’s at least 9 months since his death. Jenny is especially [...]


    • 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 boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O'Brien's insistence that Bree's boyfri [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • SKELETON CANYON - GJance, J.A. - 5th Joanna BradyThe 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.


    • 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.


    • 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 think out of the books in the series I've read so far this is my favorite. Joanna Brady is coming into her own as the new Sheriff of Cochise County. Not only is she proving that her past experiences can and will help her in her new job, but she's learning from new experiences, methods new to her, and from her peers in the Sheriff's Department. She brings them all together in Skeleton Canyon to solve the murder and smuggling cases occurring within her county.I also like how the author manages b [...]


    • At first I thought I was reading a teen book. Bree had all of the characteristics of Nancy Drew: head of the cheerleaders, prom queen, voted most likely to succeed, wealthy parents, but, boo hoo, Daddy was aloof; if only everyone realized how miserable her life is (aaargh). I disliked her right out of the gate. This is my first and last Jance book. Everyone said I should read her works because so many of them revolve around my stomping ground (Bisbee/Douglas). No amount of throwing "Bisbee" and [...]


    • A very well done mystery. However I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of one significant flaw. It was never explained why the murderer drove over Bree and killed her. Most people jam on the brakes when they see a person in front of their car. The killer decided in a split second to drive over her even though she couldn't have seen him through the glare of his headlights. He could have backed away, turned around, and never started the cops on his trail in the first place.


    • I really liked the story, but, again, I listened to the audio version. They should really really get someone who can pronounce the words in the story. It is very ironic that there was a scene in the story where Joanna (maybe in her head) talked about "greenhorns" mispronouncing the Peloncillo mountains, but the narrator couldn't say Fort Huachuca, Javalina, or even Tempe.


    • Story of Sheriff Brady solving the mystery of a young woman from a prominent white family who fell in love with a promising mexican athlete. They were to meet for a rendevous, he was held up because he had to work for his uncle.d when he got there, she was gone Her Body is found later,, but who killed her and why?Good story


    • This is definitely not the best book in the series. I spent much time rewinding or start chapters/segments over because my mind drifted away. I'm still moving on to #6, but this book lacked excitement, drama, and intrigue. And there was very little character building in regard to the personal lives of the main people. I found that to be disappointing, as well.


    • Jance does it again for me. Good read, hard to put down, page turner. Joanna Brady wins again. I got a couple of these out of sequence, so it's good for me to be able to fill up a couple of the holes in the series. I think I'm back on track now.


    • A lovely young high school graduate is murdered. Her forbidden boyfriend is suspected, but the true is much more involved than that.Lots of twists and turns plot-wise. I seldom attempt to figure out the end of a mystery, so I was mostly through the book before I figured out the end.


    • SuperThese stories just continue to get better and better. Each story is a page turner and a mystery till the end. Looking forward to book 6


    • I enjoyed reading this book. I started reading this book about 4 hours ago and I could not put it down until I finished it. I like the characters and the story. Wil read more of this series.


    • Enjoyed this book and the Joanna Brady mysteries. I like having a female law enforcement "hero". I like the character and the way the character approaches her job and family life.




    • Excellent, first one her books I have read. I live in the area she writes about so I can relate to what she is saying about gully washers. I plan on reading more of her books.



    • These Joanna Brady books keep getting a little better each time. In this one, a young teen aged girl is killed. Her nude body is found in Skeleton Canyon.


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