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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Exit Wounds by J.A. Jance

compliments of my local Public Library

I first fell in love with J.A. Jance with his J.P Beaumont series. I love that series. I remember going on a vacation trip in the Philippines. I found a paperback of JUSTICE FOR ALL and was thrilled to have it since we were going on an overnight ferry right and I need a book to read.

I didn't really warm up to her Joanna Brady series.  I first encountered her in a book J.A. Jance wrote where JP Beaumont had to work on a case with Ms. Brady. I love it! I was almost hoping they would hit it off so I can always read about JP. But that didn't happen.

EXIT WOUNDS is the 11th novel in the Joanna Brady series.  I absolutely adore the suspense of the opening of this story.  A woman with lots of dogs is waiting for a reporter. She's ready to spill all for money, so her dogs can get vaccinated. Then she gets all nervous, ran inside her trailer where she was gunned down.

I didn't like few chapters which followed because it took the Sheriff ages to get back to the dead woman.  I don't dislike the personal stuff. Joanna's mother is a bit whinny. She's also controlling and annoying. I think the Ms. Jance had to tell us what's going on with Joanna's life because this series is primarily about Joanna as a person, and I think her being a sheriff of Cochise County, second.

Stephanie Brush is a good reader. I'm glad to have listened to the book. I might give Ms. Brady's series a look-see since it's entertaining. She's not JP Beaumont, but she's the new game in town. I do enjoy JA Jance's writing.


  1. I've never read anything by Jance, but I may have to give this novel a read. Should I start with the first in the series or does order not matter?

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    1. Thank you Ethan for taking time to leave a comment.

      If you were to try JA Jance, I would recommend starting with JP Beaumont series. While it's a good idea to read them in order, each story is pretty much stand alone...and if there are trivia given from the previous, you wouldn't miss it. On the other hand, you'll know it if you have read the book in order.

      I tend to read the book in order, but that's because most of the time, I have this compulsion to do that. This one, I listened out of order because is the only one available the overdrive media library. I just love the digital library.