I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is ten hours and 48 minutes. Hillary Haber does an excellent job narrating the book. Haber is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. View 1 comment. Jul 21, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , cozy , e-books , j-a-jance , cold-cases. Jance has written an admirable book covering several social problems. You have the feelings of several parties as the sheriff's deputies, the victim, and the villain. It handles memories, maternity, cold cases, serial killers, kidnapping, religion, the inability of letting go, results of the actions of one person to others and the relatives of a victim.
Joanna's life has changed recently, she wins the election, and her daughter, Sage is born. A human skull is brought to the sheriff's departm J. A human skull is brought to the sheriff's department and a large congregation of sheriff's officers heads for the remote area where the skull was found. Joanna is on maternity leave and she is reading her father's diaries. At Canyon, the officers find a decaying body of a person. This began a major investigation of bones found in the canyon.
Cadaver dogs are brought to the area to locate more bodies. At the same time, we follow the actions of a victim and killer. The department is looking for answers. Disclosure: Many thanks to HarperCollins for a review copy. The opinions are my own. View 2 comments.
Xavier Brady and Carolina Steel have had a pretty hot flirtation going, that is until two days before Valentine's Day when Xavier is shot in the line of duty at. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Introduced in Desert Heat, a paperback original, Rattlesnake Crossing: A Joanna Brady Mystery (Joanna Brady Mysteries The book has a strong female protagonist and explores issues such as child While some people might get bored or disinterested with the small-town.
Holy cow. The Joanna Brady stories just keep getting better. This one has so many layers. Loved it. Oct 30, Sheila rated it did not like it Shelves: , bookclub. How does this book have such a good rating?
I must officially be a book snob now, because I hated this book. I have never read a book with so many character back stories. I am pretty sure that was one for every single person she talked about. I had to read this for book club which is why I started on book 18, but I don't actually need to read the other books since she also fills you in on anything that has ever happened to Sheriff Brady ever.
Who, is also a super annoying character. I get that s How does this book have such a good rating? I get that she is supposed to be an independent woman, doing it all and fitting in with the old boys club I mean who could expect her to take more than 2 weeks maternity leave! I'm done. View all 5 comments. Told for multiple points of view Field of Bones has it all.
There is a great mystery, a unexpected birth, and several new characters. I loved seeing how Joanna handled being on maternity leave. The betting pool about how long she would stay home was a nice funny touch. The mystery is very complex and it looked like it would be hard to solve. As a reader we knew all the different players and Jance does a great job weaving all of that knowledge into a interesting and seat of your pants story. As t Told for multiple points of view Field of Bones has it all.
As the story progresses each characters comes up with the knowledge to solve the who, what, when and where. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. I really liked this, I won't give a summary of the book as most people do, but it is a good read, and if you have been following Joanna Brady's adventures, you will enjoy it. Sep 29, Joan rated it liked it. Jance has done a good job of providing readers with a character driven police procedure suspense novel. If one is not familiar with the Joanna Brady series, this would be a good place to start.
Jance has provided a great deal of background information on Brady, her parents, how she became Sheriff, etc. Jance also provides a great deal of background information on each of the major characters so the emphasis is more on the characters than on the actual suspense. The plot is good but a hard subject Jance has done a good job of providing readers with a character driven police procedure suspense novel.
The plot is good but a hard subject. The villain abducts teen girls, keeps them chained and abuses them. Some of the scenes included are hard to take but give a good idea the the horror the young women endure.
It certainly reminds us how vulnerable teen girls are when they are runaways or otherwise on the streets. I did notice a little repetition in this novel, such as the size of the county Brady sheriffs and that she turned down the helicopter. Other than that, this is a good police procedure novel dealing with a topic not very pleasant but all too real. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. Sep 07, Lghiggins rated it it was amazing.
A Jance book and it was so great that I went back to reread it. But she said that she felt terrible about it, and she reported it herself. Jan 17, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-but-not-owned. For instance you will read in every book in …more It can be read as a stand-alone because Jance will tell you everything that happened in previous novels. Think about it, what your child loves at age 10 in 5th grade is vastly different than their tastes at age 13 in 8th grade! It's with a good story like this that her often lackluster wordplay and somewhat stock characters actually works to an advantage; it keeps the action going and the various elements clicking into place. As Widman came to see, however, many of them were not actually orphans.
It was all I could do to get through the first half of the book. Field of Bones , set in Arizona, fulfills its promise of being a suspenseful novel, and it is very well written. The characters are appropriately developed, and I certainly understand the appeal of Sheriff Joanna Brady, mother of three, as the main character of the series. She is a strong woman, but portrayed realistically, not as a superwoman.
Part mystery, part thriller, part police procedural, and all suspense It was all I could do to get through the first half of the book. Part mystery, part thriller, part police procedural, and all suspense fiction, Field of Bones runs the full gamut. Dance for the skills to put me in this situation. At the same time, I have to say Jance does not include details of the violence, but offers enough information that anyone with an imagination will get the picture.
Given the number of books she has published, I think a lot of people admire her storytelling talent. This book is just too terrifying for me, and I doubt I will read any more of her books. Although some of the tension is relieved in the last half of the book, the story is far from over.
At that point, I did enjoy watching how the professionals from various fields perform their duties and work to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley. I have always been a big fan of J. Jance but her latest in the Joanna Brady series 18 , is not her best work. While she handled the police procedural aspect of the main story which included serial kidnapping, rape and murder rather well if not slightly redundantly, it was the underlying political references that bothered me.
There were numerous references to undocumented immigrants being called UDA's , gun control, thinly veiled border security opinions and even mentioned a former AZ sherif I have always been a big fan of J. There were numerous references to undocumented immigrants being called UDA's , gun control, thinly veiled border security opinions and even mentioned a former AZ sheriff whose policies have cost taxpayers countless millions yes, millions and still counting.
I only bring these things up because I read books to be entertained and to take my mind of the disturbing political climate we seem to be finding ourselves in these past two or three years. I hope Ms. Jance finds a way to return to her former writing glory and leave heavy political references out of her works. Greg Hodgkins I agree! Jance wears her political views on her sleeve in this book. Kindly old Grandpa who makes meatloaf murdered by UDA's--almost cartoonishly ugly. Jance can do better than this! Gabbi Agree! Jun 25, PM.
Aug 21, Tasha and Megan Mahoney rated it it was amazing Shelves: edelweiss , thriller , arc , crime-thrillers. A Jance was a new author for me and I am so glad that I discovered her. I now have a lot of books that I need to buy! Tense, shocking, and emotive this fantastically paced thriller was edge of the seat enjoyable. The scene setting is incredibly well done and the characters are well developed. The flow of the story is seamless and Field of Bones has nice sentence and paragraph setting that makes it a pleasure to read.
This is my honest review. In Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady has just won re-election and had her third child so she's on maternity leave. However, she's drawn back into action when a skull is discovered. As other bones are found plus a body only a few days dead, forensics show the woman was held and starved over a long period of time.
The situation becomes more dire with the realization that other women could still be alive and imprisoned. Joanna Brady is my favorite of the series by Jance, although all of her novels are r In Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady has just won re-election and had her third child so she's on maternity leave. Joanna Brady is my favorite of the series by Jance, although all of her novels are really good. This one is narrated by Brady, the killer, and one of the hostages. All of the recurring regulars in the series return so it's like visiting old friends. In addition to Joanna's dogs, a couple of search and rescue dogs are brought into this story.
I always mention dogs, as I think they make any story much better. Sep 10, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: law-enforcement , modern-western , thriller. This series entry by author Vance is engrossing. Series fans will enjoy the early birth of daughter Sage, husband Butch's book tour, a new K-9 dog, and the ongoing adventures of series characters. I really enjoyed this complex tale but I was not enthralled with the amount of backstory expended on peripheral characters - the novel's lengt 18 in the Joanna Brady series.
I really enjoyed this complex tale but I was not enthralled with the amount of backstory expended on peripheral characters - the novel's length of pages could have been trimmed without loss of interest. A serial killer investigation disrupts Joanna Brady's maternity leave. Acting sheriff Tom Hadlock is on duty when June Carver brings in her son, Jack, with a skull that the high school senior found in the remote San Bernardino Valley.
Evidence at the scene suggests that a serial killer has been using it as a dump site. Hadlock puts every available officer on the case, while Joanna offers advice and secures an FBI profiler willing to help. Nov 01, Connie D rated it liked it Shelves: sheriff , serial-killer , sexual-predator , j-a-jance , mystery , police-procedural. As usual, J. Jance delivers a satisfying but somewhat didactic mystery. I enjoyed revisiting familiar characters and meeting new ones.
Sep 08, annapi rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , thriller.
Sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave when teenagers come across a skull, which leads to the discovery of a "field of bones", which points to a local serial killer. Juggling a new baby and a toddler, Joanna can't help but pitch in as her shorthanded staff struggles to deal with the ever-expanding investigation. Joanna Brady is not my favorite of J. Jance's series, and this one fell a little flat for me. The point of view switches back and forth from Joanna and various investigators to one Sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave when teenagers come across a skull, which leads to the discovery of a "field of bones", which points to a local serial killer.
The point of view switches back and forth from Joanna and various investigators to one of the serial killer's victims and the killer himself. I like the way Jance gets the reader right there with her characters, but this one was solved too easily IMO, with things just happening to speed up the plot. I think it would have been better served as a longer story. I liked the character development of the newbie deputy; overall I enjoyed the book but it was just okay for me - I felt like some extra punch was missing but I don't know what or why.
My actual rating is 3. I am a big Joanna Brady fan as well as [Author: J. Story kept me interested but it is the most disturbing Sheriff Brady novel I have ever read. I am truly a big Sheriff Brady fan and would like for [Author: J. Jance] to will go back to a more normal "cozy mystery situation" also more of Butch and the kids.
View all 4 comments. I love ALL of J. Jance's series, but I have a special place for the Sheriff Brady A definite page turner that kept me up way past my bedtime in order to finish. I kept saying I would read just one more chapter and then finally turn off the light. Nah, wasn't going to happen. Had to stay up until I turned the final page.
Glad I did. It was a good one. Best one from this author in a while. In both novels, the chaos becomes orderly and all details get straightened out. I love the characters and the plot builds well and stays interesting to the end. Joanna Brady is on maternity leave taking care of a new baby, Butch is on a book signing tour. A "field" of bones is discovered. She is helping out with the investigation, while breast feeding. Showing that women CAN do it all.
Jan 20, Kevintipple rated it liked it. Field of Bones The plan had been to win the election and then start maternity leave about three weeks later as Butch would be back from his short but intense book tour then. That had been the plan for Sheriff Joanna Brady. But, whether it happened due to the stress of election night, the campaign, recent events, or a million other things, Eleanor Sage decided to arrive much earlier. In fact, she decided to make her appearance early on election night before all the votes were tallied. Winning the Field of Bones The plan had been to win the election and then start maternity leave about three weeks later as Butch would be back from his short but intense book tour then.
Winning the election was grand and all that, but having a healthy baby was far more important. At nearly the same time and unknown to all, a young teenager and his friends recently found a human skull. There is no doubt that the skull is human and it appears to one and all that a bullet was fired through it at some point. It is a very good thing the killer did not see them.
One thing leads to another, and soon a multi-jurisdictional investigation is underway with Sheriff Brady supervising and Acting Sheriff Tom Haddock supervising folks out in the field and doing the legwork. They are on the hunt for a serial killer and it is all hands on deck at home and as much help as they can round up from others. They are chasing a serial killer who just might have some victims still alive if they can find him and them. Time is against law enforcement as once the media knows and the small town grapevine gets going, not to mention social media, it will be all over for those they hope to save.
Shifting in point of view between the captives, the captor, and the numerous investigators, the book rolls along at a steady pace. A significant portion of Field Of Bones: A Brady Novel of Suspense is in the point of view of the main victim who learns what has been going on to others for months. How she copes with the trauma of her imprisonment and degradation is a major part of the read.
As a result, some of those sections are not easy reading as they are a bit graphic at times. As those sections are in essence nothing more than the classic naked woman chained in the basement with nothing to eat but dog food kibble as she is repeatedly raped over the course of weeks, one could easily skip those sections and lose nothing at all in reading the tale.
Overall, despite the usual --drop into the mind of the nutjob as he is a smart crazy dude at it quite a while—sections that all such books seem to have these days, the overall read is an average one. The book flows fairly well and numerous secondary characters long known to readers are again given attention in this read. Much is at work here in a personal as well as professional way for Sheriff Joanna Brady and that results in a ton of backstory in many different ways.
Despite being billed as a novel of suspense, there really is not much suspenseful about the book at all. It certainly is not J. A Jance at her best, nor is it her at her worst. Instead, this is an average read that occasionally scores political points that will no doubt offend some readers who will swear to never read another book by her ever again while also managing to do the classic smug nutjob serial killer shtick. Yes, it gets complicated in a paint by numbers sort of way. Kevin R. Joanna Brady is up for re-election against a well financed opponent and not a very popular one as far as personality goes.
Will she win? And a new edition to the family is soon due, how will that affect her job? When a mother brings her son in with a kcull he found weeks before and she found in his closet the whole sheriffs department is called into action when more bodies are found where the boy led them to where he found the skull. Plenty going on in this new Brady adventure and its good read Joanna Brady is up for re-election against a well financed opponent and not a very popular one as far as personality goes.
Plenty going on in this new Brady adventure and its good read as always. Mar 07, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: mysteries.
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