The 9th installment in the series but perfectly okay for new readers to start here. I read it in a day - there's plenty of action - but it's been sitting next to my PC for a week while I tried to come up with something that I haven't already said about the previous 8. It's a perfectly fine entry in the series, the puzzle was interesting and didn't quite go in the direction I expected, I still like the characters (although Joanna is getting a bit melodramatic), I like the setting, and I'd like to see more of some of the secondary characters. From a quality standpoint Jance put out a good product that I enjoyed while reading it, but I won't remember it long.
This was a great who done it murder mystery! Here's the scoop, there's a dead woman, a missing husband, and loads of cash missing. Joanna's daughter Jenny and her friend Dora find a dead body during a girl scout camping trip. If the girls would never have left the campsite after lights out they would never have found the dead body. Now Joanna fears for the girls lives since it seems the murder has just occured.
Joanna sends her daughter and Dora to Jenny's grandparents house while she tries to sort things out and find Dora's drug addict mother. Joanna finds the sister of the deceased and a message from the missing husband on the answering machine at the couples home that would indicate he knows where she is at. Did he take his wife's money, kill her and run? Or was it her crazy sister that is upset that she married this man?
Meanwhile she finds a strange woman in the house of the deceased passed out from too much booze with a loaded gun at the strangers side. What is she to do?
This is a real page turner, just when you think you've found the killer you are dead wrong. You won't be able to put this book down, I'm dead serious!
Maria W. reviewed Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady, Bk 9) on
Joanna Brady returns in J.A. Jance's ninth adventure. During a Girl Scout camping trip, Jenny and another girl sneak out of their tents after lights out to have a cigarette and stumble on the body of a murder victim.
Anything by JA Jance is good!The desecrated body of a Phoenix heiress lies abandoned in the desert. Sheriff Joanaan Brady must figure out this piece of a sinister puzzle that is intertwined with Brady's own life.
Two young girls stumble onto the desecrated body of a missing heiress,naked,lifeless and abandoned in the desert. Sheriff Joanna Brady investigation leads to the bloody killers list may be her own beloved daughter!! Great tension, nearly impossible to put down .
"The desecrated hbody of a missing Phoenix heiress lies naked, lifeless, and abandoned in the desolate beauty and lonely terror of the high desert night. A hideous creme is inviting death once more into Sheriff Joanna Brady's world...." From the cover.
The desecrated body of a missing Phoenix heiress lies naked, lifeless, and abandoned in the desolate beauty and lonely terror of the high desert night. A hideous crime is inviting death once more into Sheriff Joanna Brady's world. But this time the nightmares of her professional and personal lives are intertwining in ways too awful to contemplate, because one corpse is only the first piece in a twisted and sinister puzzle in which nothing seems to fit. And the next item on a killer's bloody agenda may well be Brady's own beloved daughter.