Paradise Lost by J.
A. Jance [review 1]
Joanna Brady series #9
ISBN; 038097729X - Hardcover
Suspense , Police
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.com
While Joanna Brady was
attending the Arizona Sheriff's Convention with her new husband, Butch
Dixon, her daughter, Jennifer, goes on a weekend camping trip with the
Girl Scouts. Her tent mate is Dora Matthews, neglected pregnant daughter
of a single mother who is into drugs.
Dora goads Jennifer
into leaving their tent to have an illicit cigarette. They stumble upon
the body of a murdered Phoenix heiress. Joanna fears what effect this
discovery will have on the two girls. When Dora is found murdered, Joanna
thinks the killer is bent on killing the two who discovered the body.
During the investigation
into the two deaths there is another murder. Brady and her detectives
have three murders and must find whether there is any connection.
There are many twists
and turns with an unexpected conclusion. It is a well-plotted story, rapid
moving, with fast action. The characters are well developed with very
human emotions and problems. The reader is given a close look at the workings
of the sheriff's department and its problems. The descriptions of the
Arizona Country and climate are excellent.
This is the ninth in
the Joanna Brady series and there are numerous references to past events
and characters. Having read the previous would add to the understanding
and enjoyment of this book, but this is an excellent story which can stand
Reviews of other titles
in this series
Paradise Lost #1 [review
to Rights #3
and Ice #14 [JP Beaumont series #19]