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But that doesn't stop her from giving a terrific speech about why selling Girl Scout cookies gave her confidence, or worrying about a friend trying to adopt a child in China, or even finally beginning to understand what makes her annoying mother tick. Earlier books in the Brady series: Jance also authors the popular J.


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Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Avon first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dead to Rights , please sign up. I like the mysteries and the main characters, but I am tired of the whining daughter and the rude, manipulative mother of Joanna. I've given up listening to these books from my library because these two characters just grate on my ears. Joanna is a tough, smart woman but she's almost victimized by her mother. Does anyone else have an opinion on this? See 1 question about Dead to Rights….

Lists with This Book. I have mixed feelings about the fourth book in the Joanna Brady series. Since the book is older, and I suspect few people will be looking at this review , I am just going to touch briefly on my thoughts. On a positive note, I found the plot in this novel to be much more involved than earlier ones in the series. There are also several subplots that occur in addition to the main one and Jance does a good job tying them altogether to make an interesting story. The reader also gets more detailed kno I have mixed feelings about the fourth book in the Joanna Brady series.

The reader also gets more detailed knowledge about Joanna's struggle to balance work and family life and why she feels it is so important to succeed as Sheriff. Finally, Jance provides the reader with a more in-depth look at some of the supporting characters' personal lives which is fantastic. Up to this point in the series, it seems the character focus has been primarily on Joanna and her daughter Jenny. It was nice to get a better understanding about Joanna's friends Marianne and Jeff, as well as a peek at what is behind the tumultuous relationship she has with Chief Deputy Richard Voland.

Jance portrays her protagonist as moderately progressive. In addition, the character is always defending the rights of others and viewed as always taking the moral high road. So I was shocked when the main character uses quite a derogatory term more than once to refer to a group of immigrants involved in a motor vehicle crash. This language was so out of character that I thought I must have misread it. I feel I must give an example from this book as to why I found this problematic.

In the beginning pages of this book, Joanna explains how she became so close to her best friend Marianne. Basically, in their middle school years, someone at school calls Marianne a "half-breed" and Joanna was so upset by the "casual indifference" that the comment was delivered with that she immediately takes to her defense and they become life-long friends. So why then would Joanna feel it is okay to use derogatory slang, especially in the workplace? With that said, I will continue reading the series.

I am hoping that the remarks were nothing more than an oversight by Jance and that they will not be present in the future. Jan 13, Jennifer Hodges Young rated it really liked it. In this the fourth showing of sheriff Joanna Brady she has her hands full locking horns with experienced detectives on the case and budget cutting county supervisors. When veterinarian Amos Buckwalter is murdered by arson, deputies immediately suspect Hal Morgan, whose wife, Bonnie, was recently killed by a drunken Buckwalter in a car accident. Morgan, himself an ex-cop, had been picketing Buckwalter's animal hospital, handing out Mothers Against Drunk Driving literature just before the vet's bo In this the fourth showing of sheriff Joanna Brady she has her hands full locking horns with experienced detectives on the case and budget cutting county supervisors.

Morgan, himself an ex-cop, had been picketing Buckwalter's animal hospital, handing out Mothers Against Drunk Driving literature just before the vet's body was found in a burning barn. Joanna lets her own grief keep her from suspecting him and almost loses sight of the whole cases. Besides, the widow Buckwalter is strangely stoic, even getting a makeover and playing golf on the day after her husband's death.

I enjoyed this more than the first three, we are starting to get a good idea of how Joanna is handling being a single mom, she is starting to see her relationship with her mother in adult terms even while being green with envy that her Mother is getting her own life. Sep 22, Kate rated it liked it.

Recently widowed, even more recently Sheriff, Joanna Brady battles her mother, her daughter, her deputy, and her lack of investigative experience to solve a few murders, kidnappings, and life problems. That sounds dull, but outside of a vague annoyance that intuition is just as important as knowledge when one works in law enforcement, this wasn't bad, even starting with book 4 of the series.

I guess I don't mind amateur detectives, but amateurs serving in elected office are a touchier subject.


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Mar 27, Allisyn rated it really liked it. The next installment of the Joanna Brady mysteries. The book opens with a powerful opening scene of a deliriously happy couple torn apart on their wedding anniversary when a drunk driver kills the wife. Fast forward a year and the husband is out in front of the Vet Clinic owned by the driver protesting and handing out MADD flyers.

The driver is later murdered and the suspect on hand is the husband. Despite much pressure to the contrary, Sheriff Joanna Brady insists on hunting for answers in an e The next installment of the Joanna Brady mysteries. Despite much pressure to the contrary, Sheriff Joanna Brady insists on hunting for answers in an ever tangled web of lies and deception. I really enjoyed this book. I like the way things don't magically become easy for Joanna once she is Sheriff and that there are the very real little office power struggles going on.

The interactions between Joanna and her daughter, Jenny, are absolutely fantastic. I think they are perfect for a young girl who lost her father violently and now her mother has gone into law enforcement as well. Not only does Jance capture their shifting family dynamic as they adjust to being two instead of three but she also captures how Jenny is adjusting to the change in career for her mother, shifting between pride and fear and anger. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book! Nov 01, Donna Davis rated it liked it Shelves: Jance is an old hand at writing strong mystery plots.

For me, though, her real magic lies in her series set in her native Seattle. When she takes up with characters in the desert southwest, she still spins a good tale, and yet the heart of the matter is different. There are subtle language changes that imply a different sense toward undocumented workers than my own, one that is lacking in tolerance or a sense of ambiguity. Are Seattle's cops angels? But Jance is able to create an alt Jance is an old hand at writing strong mystery plots.

But Jance is able to create an alternate universe that I buy into so that I believe they are, at least while I'm reading, and until the story ends. When Joanna Brady wears the badge, we can almost hear her gossiping at the cafe about all those pesky "illegals".

I read her work because she writes good mysteries, but this series makes me gag now and then. I won't pay full jacket price for any of the Brady series. Sometimes I find it absorbing, but then I'll turn a page and feel my breakfast roll over in my stomach. It's not a good feeling. Mar 04, Yvonne Mendez rated it liked it. The fourth installment of the Joanna Brady series, it was a good read. Not sure if it was because I wasn't paying close attention but it did surprise me who the culprits were at the end. It touched on things like drunk driving, mental health and domestic violence.

On book 3 there was a reference about illegal immigration and on book 4 it was more pronounced. Then again the book was published in The fourth installment of the Joanna Brady series, it was a good read. Then again the book was published in and since then things haven't changed much in Arizona. Apart from that, it's nice to re-visit Joanna, her friends and family and see what they are up to.

And you can see some of the seeds being planted for romance on future books. Jul 16, Deena Scintilla rated it it was ok Shelves: Will give it one more try before I move on to another audio. Also, it is not necessary to always use the characters entire n Listening to this. Also, it is not necessary to always use the characters entire name when discussing them. If there is only one Ernie in the book, then his last name doesn't always need to be provided whenever he's "in the scene" so to speak.

I got really tired of this. The protagonist was nearly always referred to as "Sheriff Joanna Brady". View all 3 comments. Mar 29, Virginia Ullrich-serna rated it liked it.

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Just finished listening to it. Sorry was good and gave us deeper insight into what makes Sheriff Brady tick. Since this is and older book the recording is one of the first and has lots of flaws as stated by a previous reviewer. To me the most glaring was the mispronunciation of last names of Hispanic origin.

Dead to Rights: A Joanna Brady Mystery - Judith A. Jance - Google Книги

I contacted Books in Motion , the company that Dodd the recording. They replied that when the book was recorded it was hard to get pronunciation info and that there was no way to fix the fl Just finished listening to it. They replied that when the book was recorded it was hard to get pronunciation info and that there was no way to fix the flaws in it. Sep 14, Jeanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed reading this book. I like this series. The characters and story line are good. Jun 03, Deborah rated it liked it. Enjoyed the book - light reading. But the story took place in an area where I used to live, Cochise County, so I really liked the setting.

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