A Review of Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady #16)

by J.A. Jance

I have been planning on reading this series for a long time, but I just never got around to it. I enjoyed this mystery. Sheriff Joanna Brady is an interesting character, but I’m sure that she would feel more complete if I had read some of the previous books in the series. I liked the way that Ms. Jance tied together the stories that were set on opposite sides of the country. The writing was descriptive enough that you got a feel for Cochise County and the surrounding area. She also draws you into the perilous story of Liza Machett. She finds a lot of money in her dying mother’s belongings. Once her mother dies, she cleans out her mother’s house, filled with trash and horder’s treasures. Then bad things begin to happen, and she has to flee for her life.  Sheriff Brady has to solve some local murders and figure out what is going on with Liza Machett.

I liked this introduction to the writing of JA Jance, but think that it would have worked somewhat better if I had started the series at the beginning, but having said that, I still was able to understand most of the backstory, and enjoy jumping in to the series at this point. I like it when an author allows you that freedom.

I give Remains of Innocence 4 Stars out of 5, and a Thumbs Up. I plan on reading the next book in this series, Dance of the Bones, in September.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

File Jul 29, 2 51 57 PMSheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona’s Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It’s up to Joanna to find out.

Book Details

Series: Joanna Brady Mysteries (Book 16)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (July 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062134701
ISBN-13: 978-0062134707
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

About the Author

J.A. 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.

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