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Judgment Call by J. A. Jance

Judgment Call (2012)

by J. A. Jance

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A little slow starting for me, but got very interesting...I like the way family mysteries get revisited in the process of solving new crimes. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Great story! I hadn't read a JA Jance book in a while and I'd forgotten how much I like her characters. I solved one of the mysteries early but there were actually two incorporated into this book and the second outcome was a complete surprise. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Synopsis: Jenny Brady's principal has been murdered and one of the students is 'a person of interest'. Marlis is using social media to get information for her investigative reports and Joanne's mother is caught up in fund raising. Once again Joanne must deal with things from her father's past including his mistress.
Review: This book ties up some loose ends concerning Joanne's family and foreshadows more adventures for Joanne's daughter. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 15, 2014 |
Trouble begins when the high school principal goes missing and Jenny is the one to find her body while out riding her horse. A second murder victim is found just a couple of days later. The Cochise County Sheriff’s office is kept hopping.

We’re provided resolution in the elder abuse case that was left hanging from the prior book which took place about one year ago. And Joanna re-opens the case involving the death of her father after Butch starts reading through the man’s journals. It’s not an easy decision to make as a lot of lives would be affected.

There is plenty going on and more than one murderer is taken into custody. The subject of social media and the ramifications of not only putting personal information out there is addressed, but seeing how easily something can spiral out of control as well.

What I enjoyed about this book is not only the characters and situations, but the realistic relationships, especially between Joanna and her mother, as well as with her daughter, Jenny. We and Joanna get to see a surprisingly different side to Eleanor.

This is as much a police procedural as it is a mystery. Solving the first murder is somewhat of a let down. I found it easy to guess who it was and the resolution wasn’t especially satisfying. The last arrest made though, will have the reader smiling.

Read from a library book after being lucky enough to get an ARC of Remains of Innocence. I liked that book so much that I’ve now read all 15 prior books in less than 4 weeks. I highly recommend the series. ( )
  dearheart | May 10, 2014 |
Joanna Brady's daughter discovers the body of her high school principal when she is our riding, and the murder results in the uncovering of many secrets, both the victims, and ultimately buried information about the death of Joanna's own father. ( )
  sleahey | Nov 13, 2013 |
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When her daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the dead body of her high school principal, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady's personal and professional worlds collide, putting her in the difficult middle ground between being an officer of the law and a mother. While investigating murders means discovering unpleasant facts, Joanna is not prepared for the knowledge she is about to uncover. Though she has tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems, especially when a photo from the crime scene ends up on Facebook. A photo only one person close to the crime scene could have taken. For Joanna, the line between justice and family has never been so blurred, and never so close.… (more)

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