Books by J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance -- a k a Judith Ann Jance is best known for her mystery novels, especially the fourteen books that depict the adventures of Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont. In 1985, she published her first Beaumont book. Jance used her initials because


MOVING TARGET by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Dizzying changes of locale and point of view, along with large helpings of sentimentality, weaken Ali's latest. If only Jance had focused on one plot instead of sending her characters all over creation in pursuit of two separate mysteries."
An ex-reporter, a high-tech specialist and a nun help right wrongs of the near and distant past as they circle the globe. Read full book review >
DEADLY STAKES by J.A. Jance
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Prolific Jance melds elements of the thriller and police procedural with a touch of romance to carry readers swiftly to an unexpected conclusion."
Agreeing to look into a murder case for an acquaintance becomes a very dangerous game for an Arizona crime expert. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT CALL by J.A. Jance
Released: July 24, 2012

"As usual, Joanna's domestic problems are more interesting than her caseload. This time, however, fans of the franchise will be rewarded by seeing the two come together with a satisfying jolt."
No matter how hard she tries to keep her 15th case strictly professional, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady (Damage Control, 2008, etc.) just can't keep it all from coming back on, and to, her family. Read full book review >
LEFT FOR DEAD by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Loyal fans and newcomers alike will be glad to join feisty Ali (Fatal Error, 2011, etc.) in her latest adventure."
An ex-detective is never too busy to help out a friend. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL OF TRUST by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 5, 2011

"The prolific Jance (Fire and Ice, 2009, etc.) again tells a story that will keep her readers wanting more."
Two investigators for the Washington State Attorney General's Special Homicide Investigation Team are called upon to investigate a heinous crime with political connections. Read full book review >
FATAL ERROR by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

" Formulaic, but as always main character Ali manages to disarm."
From the prolific Jance (Trial by Fire, 2009, etc.), another entry in the Ali Reynolds saga in which the woman who would be a cop is sidetracked by a cyberspace Lothario, a female psychopath and a killer budget. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 27, 2010

"A storytelling machine, Jance in her 41st (Trial by Fire, 2009, etc.) is at the top of her game and just about irresistible."
Jance offers that rare—and welcome—hybrid: the suspense novel with heart.            Read full book review >
TRIAL BY FIRE by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Jance's 38th—meticulously formulaic, mostly for the base. "
Ali Reynolds, ex-TV anchor and part-time murder maven, forgoes her amateur status. Read full book review >
CRUEL INTENT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 2008

"Jance's good guys can be maddeningly virtuous, her villains double-dyed, her prose no more polished than See Spot Run, but none of that matters to her fan base because this veteran of 37 novels has the knack."
Can an ex-TV anchorwoman find happiness rehabbing her fixer-upper while a serial killer stalks the premises? Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 22, 2008

"Standard Jance (Justice Denied, 2007, etc.): chick-lit dappled with detection."
As usual, Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate, some of it related to law enforcement. Read full book review >
JUSTICE DENIED by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A solid, satisfying procedural. No fancy stepping here, but those who've danced with Jance over the course of 35 novels have come to prefer the waltz to the bossa nova."
In his 18th appearance, J.P. Beaumont has to cope with something no good cop is ever happy with: vigilantism in high places. Read full book review >
WEB OF EVIL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Plotloose."
A beset blogger seeks solace in cyberspace in this slapdash effort from bestseller Jance (Dead Wrong, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD WRONG by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Typical Jance fare: lots of plotting, not all of it well-thought-out, and a generous helping of schmaltz. Congrats are in order, however, on the birth of Joanna and Butch's son Dennis."
Cochise County, Ariz., sheriff Joanna Brady (Partner in Crime, 2002, etc.), nine months pregnant and almost too big for her Kevlar vest, solves one of her father's old cases. Read full book review >
LONG TIME GONE by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"The literary equivalent of a paint-by-numbers kit, with no real surprises but no major flaws from old hand Jance (Partners in Crime, 2002, etc.)."
J.P. Beaumont, a member of Seattle's Special Homicide Investigation Team, runs interference for two friends involved in murder. Read full book review >
DAY OF THE DEAD by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 2004

"Despite the grisly patina, this is a neat fit for the Jance formula (Partner in Crime, 2002, etc.), her signature blend of mystery-lite and soap-opera heavy."
Jance macabre. Read full book review >
PARTNER IN CRIME by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

After fifteen J.P. Beaumont mysteries (Devil's Claw, 2000, etc.) and nine Joanna Bradys (Paradise Lost, 2001, etc.), it's clearly time for a Beaumont-Brady, though the joint case isn't terribly challenging to either sleuth. Read full book review >

PARADISE LOST by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady (Devil's Claw, 2000, etc.) and her new husband Butch Dixon are sneaking a weekend away when word arrives that her daughter Jenny, 12, and her friend Dora, who sneaked off themselves from their Girl Scout campsite for a cigarette, have discovered the nude, battered body of a woman. Read full book review >

BIRDS OF PREY by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2001

As long as he's between assignments and relationships, retired Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont elects to go on a honeymoon cruise to Alaska with Grandma Beaumont, 86, and her 87-year-old bridegroom. Read full book review >

DEVIL’S CLAW by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2000

With her mother, her former mother-in-law, her future mother-in-law, her daughter, and her fiancé all jockeying for her attention before the big day—her wedding is just a week away—Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady hopes for a little peace and quiet at the office, but it is not to be. Read full book review >

KISS OF THE BEES by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 4, 2000

This convoluted sequel to veteran Jance's long-ago debut, the melodramatic Hour of the Hunter (1991), kicks off with incarcerated, AIDS-stricken, serial killer Andrew Carlisle instructing his cellmate, Mitch Johnson, how to torture Diana Ladd Walker, his nemesis, once he's released. Read full book review >

OUTLAW MOUNTAIN by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1999

            Trouble in bunches for Cochise County (Ariz.) Read full book review >

BREACH OF DUTY by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Now, he's got a new partner, a new case—an old woman burned to death in her bed—and a whole new set of problems.

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Seattle shamus J.P. Beaumont, who's been battling the bottle while his creator dallied with her other detective, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady (Rattlesnake Canyon, p. 933, etc.), is back for the first time since Name Withheld (1996). Read full book review >

RATTLESNAKE CROSSING by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

The longer Joanna Brady's cases get, the less there seems to be to them. Read full book review >

SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

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A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
DEAD TO RIGHTS by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Jance's portrait of Sheriff Supermom and her world is painted in broad, soapy strokes—perfect entertainment for anybody who wonders how J.J. Marric's George Gideon would've made out as a southwestern American female."
A fourth outing for Joanna Brady (Shoot, Don't Shoot, 1995, etc.), who's not only the sheriff of Arizona's Cochise County—and that means administrator, investigator, crisis manager, grief counselor, and on-call patroller—but also a full-time mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
SHOOT, DON'T SHOOT by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Only the mystery itself is less than tough and smart."
Joanna Brady has hardly settled into her new job as sheriff of Cochise County when she's called out to a training course at the Arizona Police Officers Academy for six weeks of hitting the books. Read full book review >
LYING IN WAIT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Brrr."
A particularly gruesome homicide—a fishing-boat captain killed and set afire aboard his boat after each of his fingers and toes has been removed—is only the beginning of the nasty developments in this latest outing for J.P. Beaumont of Seattle Homicide (Failure to Appear, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FAILURE TO APPEAR by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 19, 1993

"Best assets: Beau and Fraymore coming to terms with their former loves."
Seattle cop J.P. "Beau" Beaumont's runaway daughter Kelly- -pregnant and about to married—is a member of the Ashland (Oregon) theater festival community and now living at Oak Farm, run by crusty Marjorie Connors. Read full book review >
WITHOUT DUE PROCESS by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 16, 1992

"EWSLUGJP (another A.A.-er) is a genial, decent guy to root for."
The hardcover debut of paperback hero J.P. Beaumont, a Seattle homicide cop who, here, is called to the massacre of Officer Ben Weston, his wife, two of his kids, and a playmate, with the sole eyewitness being the officer's five-year-old son. Read full book review >
HOUR OF THE HUNTER by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

A hodgepodge hardcover debut in which two Native American medicine men, an Arizona lawman, a young widow and her son, and a Papago basket-weaver/wise woman are inexorably drawn into confrontation with the evil ohb, a university professor-turned-serial-killer, who upended their lives six years before when he tortured and murdered the basket-weaver's granddaughter and then stage-managed a suicide/flame-up for his distraught accomplice Garrison Ladd. Read full book review >