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Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense
By: J. A Jance
(as of: 12/16/18)
Manufacturer: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062297716
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
Release Date 2016-09-06
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Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady returns in this outstanding new mystery set in the beautiful desert country of the Southwest.

With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal.

Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What’s the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?

Sheriff Joanna Brady is on her way home after making funeral arrangements for her mother, Eleanor, and her step-father, Dr. George Winfield, who were victims of a teen-aged binge killer, when she gets a call from her chief deputy, Tom Hadlock, about two female bodies that could possibly be a double homicide or murder/suicide. After a quick trip home to change clothes and eat, the pregnant sheriff is off again and upsetting her husband, Butch, because she’s working too hard.

The victims were either pushed or jumped off of Geronimo, a double humped limestone peak, and are laying one on top of the other. The bodies were discovered by two young boys who slipped out of their house to go climb Geronimo, which is a tradition in Bisbee. The coroner declares the women were dead when their bodies landed on the ground, and pronounces this is a double murder. Investigation shows that the women weren’t acquainted. Desiree Wilburton, a graduate student, had been camping and looking for a rare cactus. Susan Wilson lives and teaches in Sierra Vista and is married. Her husband, the good Reverend Wilson, has nothing good to say about his wife. With little clues here and there, Joanna Brady is able to find the dark and dirty killer that is hiding in plain sight.

As usual, J. A. Jance leads us on a merry pursuit of chasing shadows and red herrings, while enjoying every bit of time spent. Joanna has a lot on her plate, and the fact she hasn’t slowed down is causing some friction in the marriage. She hasn’t grieved properly over the loss of her mom; her daughter, Jenny has just started college; and, Joanna has some strong issues concerning her newly found half-brother, Bob – he and his wife, Marcie, will be coming to Bisbee for the funerals. Add the fact she is taking care of her job and her five-year-old son, Denny, while expecting a baby girl in a few months, and anyone can understand why Butch is exasperated!

Ms. Jance always delivers a superb mystery starring a core of boldly drawn repeating characters readers care about. DOWNFALL delivers the good with the bad situations, and it is also emotionally beautiful. This is a terrific, evenly paced and gratifying read.

By: Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com

Bisbee, Arizona is home for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. A part of the rite of passage in growing up there has always been a hike up to a peak known as Geronimo. Now this special place has turned into a possible crime scene when the bodies of two women are found there. Joanna has her plate full in Downfall, the newest novel by J.A. Jance in her Joanna Brady Mystery series.

One of the women had been camping out near the peak while studying the cacti in the area, the other was a well liked local teacher. Is there a connection between the two? Very little is known about the Microbiologist but information begins emerging about the teacher, her minister husband and the students she works with.

Joanna has the added stress of dealing with the murder of her mother and stepfather the week before. Her husband, Butch, worries about the hours she works since she is also expecting a new baby in a few months. Joanna is also up for reelection and has to deal with a local reporter who is a bit aggressive about getting her stories.

The story comes together as new information is discovered but it also might put Joanna in great danger as she gets closer to the truth. Another great read by Jance in this series with recurring characters that makes the reader feel like they have a vested interest in the outcome. There are enough twists and turns that make the book hard to put down until the very end.

By: Judy Dils, ReaderToReader.com

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