Paradise Lost by J.A.
Jance [review 2]
Joanna Brady Mystery, #9
William Morrow - August 7, 2001
ISBN: 038097729x - Hardcover
Reviewed by Susan
Joanna Brady is a very
busy woman .Not only is she doing her job as the Sheriff of Cochise County,
Arizona, but she is also busy being the mother of thirteen-year-old Jennifer
Brady and the newlywed wife of Butch, an aspiring writer. This would be
a full plate for anyone. Add to this the possibility of running for reelection,
and you have one frantic woman.
When her daughter, Jennifer,
goes on a Girl Scout camping trip, the troubled girl paired with Jennifer
uses peer pressure to talk her in to slipping out to smoke. The pair stumble
on the dead body of a nude woman, and at that point, things become even
Joanna has enough to
worry about regarding how this will affect Jennifer, but soon her worry
turns to terror when the troubled teen is missing. It appears that the
killer thinks the two girls have witnessed more than they actually did.
Suspense mounts with
every turn of the page and the reader is swept along at a runaway speed.
JA Jance does a wonderful job of describing the beautiful, desolate countryside
of Arizona. The picture she paints of the complexities of one woman playing
multiple roles as Sheriff, mother and wife is very true to life. I am
very eager to read her next book.
Reviews of other titles
in this series
Paradise Lost #1 [review
to Rights #3
and Ice #14 [JP Beaumont series #19]