Book Reviews of Desert Heat (Joanna Brady, Bk 1)

Desert Heat  (Joanna Brady, Bk 1)
Desert Heat - Joanna Brady, Bk 1
Author: J. A. Jance
ISBN-13: 9780380765454
ISBN-10: 0380765454
Publication Date: 2/1/1993
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 189 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I've been reading (well, actually listening to them on tape) Jance's Joanna Brady series for years. I've probably read 5 or 6 of them, all from later in the series. It's no secret that in the later books, she's the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, living in the old mining town of Bisbee.

This is the first in the series, and I loved it. As someone else said in their comments, it connects all the dots for those who have read later books in the series, which makes it very satisfying. If you haven't read any of the series, by all means start here. You do want to read this series.

The blurb above tells you about the plot. It's a good story. For most of the book, everyone but Joanna believes that her husband, the deputy sheriff that died of a gunshot wound, killed himself because his crooked dealings with drug dealers were unraveling. Joanna knows that's not possible, but she's the only one who believes it.

If I didn't know things from reading later books, I might have found the depth of the conspiracy against her and her husband too depressing to enjoy the story. Luckily, I know that it all turns out all right, so I could stand it. Things get pretty dark for Joanna before the light comes on in the end.

It's a sign of an excellent writer when the troubles of the characters in the story have that kind of an effect on the reader. Jance is a top-flight, first class mystery writer. Read the book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was hesitant to read a book with a female cop, because I normally don't like them, but after reading this book, I can't get enough of Joanna Brady,(the main character). Fast paced and exciting. Just as good as the JP Beaumont series by the same author. J.A. Jance in now on my list of favorite authors.
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Helpful Score: 1
good book. i thoroughly enjoyed this read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Having read most of the other Joanna Brady books, I found that this one connected all the dots. If you are just starting this series, this is the first one.
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I really love all J.J. Jance book's so far that I had read. This one was a good mystery, even with a murder without all the graphic bloody details, you still know a murder happened. That's the main thing. I love her character studies in all her books and adds so much to the story.
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Love Jance
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Joanna Brady, the beginning. JA Jance never fails!
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The first Joanna Brady book - how she decides to become sheriff.
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I've been reading (well, actually listening to them on tape) Jance's Joanna Brady series for years. I've probably read 5 or 6 of them, all from later in the series. It's no secret that in the later books, she's the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, living in the old mining town of Bisbee.

This is the first in the series, and I loved it. As someone else said in their comments, it connects all the dots for those who have read later books in the series, which makes it very satisfying. If you haven't read any of the series, by all means start here. You do want to read this series.

The blurb above tells you about the plot. It's a good story. For most of the book, everyone but Joanna believes that her husband, the deputy sheriff that died of a gunshot wound, killed himself because his crooked dealings with drug dealers were unraveling. Joanna knows that's not possible, but she's the only one who believes it.

If I didn't know things from reading later books, I might have found the depth of the conspiracy against her and her husband too depressing to enjoy the story. Luckily, I know that it all turns out all right, so I could stand it. Things get pretty dark for Joanna before the light comes on in the end.

It's a sign of an excellent writer when the troubles of the characters in the story have that kind of an effect on the reader. Jance is a top-flight, first class mystery writer. Read the book.
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first of series, female sheriff
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I've been reading (well, actually listening to them on tape) Jance's Joanna Brady series for years. I've probably read 5 or 6 of them, all from later in the series. It's no secret that in the later books, she's the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, living in the old mining town of Bisbee.

This is the first in the series, and I loved it. As someone else said in their comments, it connects all the dots for those who have read later books in the series, which makes it very satisfying. If you haven't read any of the series, by all means start here. You do want to read this series.

The blurb above tells you about the plot. It's a good story. For most of the book, everyone but Joanna believes that her husband, the deputy sheriff that died of a gunshot wound, killed himself because his crooked dealings with drug dealers were unraveling. Joanna knows that's not possible, but she's the only one who believes it.

If I didn't know things from reading later books, I might have found the depth of the conspiracy against her and her husband too depressing to enjoy the story. Luckily, I know that it all turns out all right, so I could stand it. Things get pretty dark for Joanna before the light comes on in the end.

It's a sign of an excellent writer when the troubles of the characters in the story have that kind of an effect on the reader. Jance is a top-flight, first class mystery writer. Read the book.
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This is the first book I have read by J A Jance, but it will certainly not be the last. The storyline held my interest from the 1st to the last page. Can't wait to start on book 2
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Good book, an easy read with alot of excitment.
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Sheriff Andy Brady is killed and Joanna Brady works to find his killer and clear Andy's name. A good read!!
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Good book, fills in the details nicely
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First book of Jance for me. I will be reading more of her work
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This is a Joanna Brady book. One of the first of the Brady series, if not the first.
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Two men are killed, one is a deputy in the sheriff's department in Cochise County who was running for sheriff. His wife, Joanna, cannot believe all the rumors that begin swirling around about her husband including suicide, and she sets out to find out who killed her husband and why. Her hunt puts her in danger as well as her 9 year old daughter and she discovers that the killers will stop at nothing to keep her from learning the truth. A good quick read.
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Think that this has to be one of the best Mystery series ever. Couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to read the next book
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I really enjoyed this book. I had never read any books by JA Jance before and someone told me she was a good writer soI gave it a try - well worth it. This book had believable characters and really was engrossing. I could not put it down - needed to see "who done it." I would recommend it. Easy reading and makes you want to see what is in store next for the main character, Joanna Brady. I just ordered the 2nd book in this series.
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Good, easy read. This book had the character development that I missed from Skeleton Canyon.
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Excellent introduction to the character of Joanna Brady.
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this book is very good it ie about a woman who trys to clear her husband's name while dealing with his death It flows well and shows the human emotions well
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Introducing Joanna Brady. Andy Brady was an honest lawman, a good husband and candidate for Sheriff of Cochise County -- until a bullet destroyed his future. His wife, Joanna, knows a cover-up when she hears it -- and murder when she sees it. And she is determined to clear her husband's name.
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I've been reading (well, actually listening to them on tape) Jance's Joanna Brady series for years. I've probably read 5 or 6 of them, all from later in the series. It's no secret that in the later books, she's the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, living in the old mining town of Bisbee.

This is the first in the series, and I loved it. As someone else said in their comments, it connects all the dots for those who have read later books in the series, which makes it very satisfying. If you haven't read any of the series, by all means start here. You do want to read this series.

The blurb above tells you about the plot. It's a good story. For most of the book, everyone but Joanna believes that her husband, the deputy sheriff that died of a gunshot wound, killed himself because his crooked dealings with drug dealers were unraveling. Joanna knows that's not possible, but she's the only one who believes it.

If I didn't know things from reading later books, I might have found the depth of the conspiracy against her and her husband too depressing to enjoy the story. Luckily, I know that it all turns out all right, so I could stand it. Things get pretty dark for Joanna before the light comes on in the end.

It's a sign of an excellent writer when the troubles of the characters in the story have that kind of an effect on the reader. Jance is a top-flight, first class mystery writer. Read the book.
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Very engaging first novel in the Joanna Brady series by Jance. I read another in this series several years ago and remember enjoying it. Not sure why it took me so long to continue with this series. In this one, Joanna's husband, Andy, is shot and later killed while he is in the hospital. The local cops and the DEA think that Andy committed suicide and was involved with the drug cartel in Bisbee, Arizona. It is up to Joanna to prove them wrong. With the help of the hit man's girlfriend, she is able to determine what really happened. At the end of the novel, she is convinced by others in the town to run for sheriff. This was a very good lead-in novel to the series and I look forward to reading more.
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First in the Joanna Brady series; Andy Brady was honest lawman, good husband and candidate for Sheriff untill he gets fatally shot; Cover up ensues and strong willed wife Joanna, and daughter Jenny, look for the truth.
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This was a first for me by this author. Good book.
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Sheriff Joanna Brady,has various dealing with solving crimes and murders in Cochise County, AZ.
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First in the series starring Joanna Brady, sheriff. Exciting and a fast read.
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The first of the Joanna Brady series, well written and well developed.
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Easy read. Looking forward to reading next book in the series.
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Life is good for Joanna Brady in the small desert community of Bisbee. She has Jenny, her adored 9 year old daughter, and solid, honest and loving husband, Andy, a local lawman who's running for Sheriff of Cochise County. But her good life explodes when a bullet destroys Andy's future and leaves him dying beneath the blistering AZ sun.
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I absolutely loved this book! I wanted to get into a new series and JA Jance was recommended. This is the first in the Joanna Brady series and I am hooked! Can't wait to get all the others!!!
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1ST OF THE JOANNA BRADY SERIES. IT GETS YOU STARTED AND ITS HARD TO STOP FROM THERE. READ THEM ALL.
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Liked this very much. Looking forward to the rest.
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Life is good for Joanna Brady in the small desert community of Bisbee. She has Jenny, her adored Nine year old daughter, and solid honest and loving husband, Andy, a local lawman who's running for Sheriff of Cochise county. But her good life explodes when a bullet destroys Andy Brady's future and leaves him dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun.
The police brass claim that Andy was dirty---up to his neck in drugs and smuggling--and that the shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna knows a cover up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it. But her determined efforts to track down an assassin and clear her husbands name are placing herself and her Jenny in serious jeopardy. Because, in the desert, the truth can be far more lethal than a rattlers bite.
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This is the first in the Joanna Brady series and I liked it very much! I plan on reading all in the series.

NOTE: The cover is not the same as the picture shown, but it's the same book.
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first in the Joanna Brady series
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This was my first J.A. Jance book and I thought it was excellent. I couldn't put it down and just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. It was a very fast paced book and you should put it on your list of books to read.
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First in the Joanna Brady series, J.A. has done an excellent job with this story. She has started your interest in what she writes about Brady later.
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I've had this book forever and finally got around to reading it. The story hooked me immediately. I liked the MC and plan on reading the rest in this series.
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This was J. A. Jance's first Joanna Brady book. It delivers a powerful message about the strength of a woman in a southern town in Arizona. A real page turner!
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Loved it! My first J.A. Jance book...will continue to read more!!
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excellent
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THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE JOANNA BRADY SERIES.IT IS THE FIRST J.A.JANCE BOOK I'VE EVER READ .NOW I'M HUNTING FOR THE REST IN THE SERIES
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Living in Arizona made this book very interesting to me
I liked all the characters
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A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun-a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter knows a cover-up when she hears one... and a murder when she sees it. But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way-because in the desert, the one thing more lethal than a rattler's bite... is the truth.
My first J.A. Jance read and I loved it!
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Good start to the Joanna Brady series.
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From back of book:

Andy Brady was an honest lawman, a good husband and candidate for Sheriff of Cochise County -- until a bullet abruptly destoryed his future. Now the police brass are claiming he was a maverick whose involvement in drug-running drove him to suicide. But Andy's strong-willed wife, Joanna, knows a cover-up when she hears one ... and murder when she sees it. And she is relentlessly determined to clear her husband's name. But her obessive hunt for a killer threatens to place both Joanna and her nine-year old daughter Jenny in serious jeopardy. Because, in the desert, the truth can be more lethal than a rattlesnake's bite.
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A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide atttempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it. But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way - because in the desert, the one thing more lethal han a rattler's bite...is the truth.