Field of Bones (Joanna Brady, #18) by J.A. Jance

Field of Bones (Joanna Brady, #18)

Sheriff Joanna Brady’s best intentions to stay on maternity leave take a hit when a serial homicide case rocks Cochise County, dragging her into a far-reaching investigation to bring down a relentless killer in this chilling tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfa...

Details Field of Bones (Joanna Brady, #18)

TitleField of Bones (Joanna Brady, #18)
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Field of Bones (Joanna Brady, #18)

  • Betty
    J.A. Jance has written an admirable book covering several social problems. You have the feelings of several parties as the sheriff's deputies, the victim, and the villain. It handles memories, maternity, cold cases, serial killers, kidnapping, religion, the inability of letting go, results of the actions of one person to others and the relatives of a victim.Joanna's life has changed recently, she wins the election, and her daughter, Sage is born....
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Told for multiple points of view Field of Bones has it all. There is a great mystery, a unexpected birth, and several new characters. I loved seeing how Joanna handled being on maternity leave. The betting pool about how long she would stay home was a nice funny touch. The mystery is very complex and it looked like it would be hard to solve. As a reader we knew all the different players and Jance does a great job weaving all of that knowledge int...
  • Ed
    #18 in the Joanna Brady series. This 2018 series entry by author Vance is engrossing. Series fans will enjoy the early birth of daughter Sage, husband Butch's book tour, a new K-9 dog, and the ongoing adventures of series characters. Mystery fans will enjoy the main story arc of the search for a serial kidnapper/rapist who dumps his victims in the desert. I really enjoyed this complex tale but I was not enthralled with the amount of backstory exp...
  • Jan
    A definite page turner that kept me up way past my bedtime in order to finish. I kept saying I would read just one more chapter and then finally turn off the light. Nah, wasn't going to happen. Had to stay up until I turned the final page. Glad I did. It was a good one. Best one from this author in a while.
  • 3 no 7
    “Field of Bones” by J. A. Jance is number eighteen in the Joanna Brady series, but those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem. Quick background comments within the context of the storyline provide any needed information.The book opens as Sheriff Joanna Brady gathers on election night with friends and supporters in the social hall of the Tombstone Canyon United Methodist Church in Old Bisbee. It had been a...
  • Maxine
    Chief Deputy Tom Hadlock is covering while Sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave. When a teenage would-be poacher discovers a skull in a deserted area, he leads the police to where he found it and where they discover several corpses including one that has obviously been dumped very recently.. As the evidence mounts that there is a particularly brutal serial killer in their midst, Tom knows he needs Joanna’s help if they are to solve the ca...
  • Lghiggins
    It was all I could do to get through the first half of the book. Don’t get me wrong. Field of Bones, set in Arizona, fulfills its promise of being a suspenseful novel, and it is very well written. The characters are appropriately developed, and I certainly understand the appeal of Sheriff Joanna Brady, mother of three, as the main character of the series. She is a strong woman, but portrayed realistically, not as a superwoman. Part mystery, par...
  • Susan Lindemulder
    Typical J.A. Jance work, this one focusing on Sheriff Joanna Brady. Fast moving, easy read--just fun. Not so much a mystery as how are they going to catch this guy. I enjoy her books; good for a relaxing afternoon.
  • Tracy
    Really love how she gives wight to the other characters, and brings in a few stories to tie everything together
  • Tasha and Megan Mahoney
    J.A Jance was a new author for me and I am so glad that I discovered her. I now have a lot of books that I need to buy!Tense, shocking, and emotive this fantastically paced thriller was edge of the seat enjoyable.The scene setting is incredibly well done and the characters are well developed. The flow of the story is seamless and Field of Bones has nice sentence and paragraph setting that makes it a pleasure to read.I received a copy of Field of ...
  • John W.
    FIELD OF BONES is a classic J. A. Jance Mystery. The author gives the backstory of her principal characters. She shares details of significant events from the series’ past. Jance skillfully tells her story from a different perspective and shares an insight of key protagonists. She gives her readers Sheriff Joanna Brady’s perspective exploring both personal and professional issues. Jance shares the insight of how Joanna deals with the chaos of...
  • The Real Book Spy
    Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady returns for her 18th go-around in J.A. Jance’s latest thriller. Following the events of Downfall (2016), Joanna Brady is enjoying maternity leave following the birth of her daughter, Eleanor Sage. In her absence, Tom Hadlock has taken over as acting sheriff, keeping Brady’s seat warm, until a chilling discovery rocks the small Arizona town, forcing him to bring Joanna back before she’s ready. It all start...
  • Joan
    Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave, caring for newborn Sage while Butch sets out on an already-arranged book tour. Her friends know her well: they’ve made bets on just how long Joanna will actually stay on maternity leave before showing up in the office.Joanna is determined to stay home with baby Sage, but the discovery of a serial killer’s dumping ground puts everyone in the department on high alert and piles up overti...
  • LeeAnn
    4.5 stars for this suspense novel by one of my favorite writers. The crime is horrific, the perpetrator a sadistic piece of work, and the victims will wrench your heart out. Populating the story is a cast of familiar characters but with some interesting newcomers I hope we will see again. Chapters alternate between several view points, but for me, that added to the tension. I also appreciate how Jance feeds her readers just enough details to capt...
  • annapi
    Sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave when teenagers come across a skull, which leads to the discovery of a "field of bones", which points to a local serial killer. Juggling a new baby and a toddler, Joanna can't help but pitch in as her shorthanded staff struggles to deal with the ever-expanding investigation.Joanna Brady is not my favorite of J.A. Jance's series, and this one fell a little flat for me. The point of view switches back and f...
  • Kathleen Gray
    This is classic Jance. If you have read these books (this series in particular), you know that Joanna is a straight up Sheriff, she copes well with chaos, you'll meet new characters in the department, and there will be a topical plot line. If you haven't read them, then you're in for a treat- and this novel is totally accessible and enjoyable even if you've never heard of Joanna Brady. When young Jack stumbles across a skull, which his mother (lo...
  • Tony Hisgett
    An interesting story which I enjoyed reading, but I did feel a little ‘short changed’. Although Joanna is part of the story her role is very much an administrator in this book. This was obviously because she had just given birth to her baby daughter, but one of the reasons I like these books is the way she negotiates the world of the ‘Good ol’ boys’ while bringing her own brand of professionalism to an investigation.The story centres on...
  • Nell
    Slim pickings on the new book shelves at the library in advance of whatever of Hurricane Florence we get here, so I was lucky to spot this. Sadly, I finished it before the serious rain has even started. I thought that there were some fortunate breaks so the story could advance--(view spoiler)[An underemployed FBI profiler just happens to be vacationing at the Grand Canyon and is eager to work on your case? Stuff like that. (hide spoiler)]--but pr...
  • Kathy
    Field of Bones is the 18th book in the Joanna Brady series. I have read every book in this series and have enjoyed them all. Field of Bones is a great addition to the series.Joanna, is on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter. But everyone knows that she really isn't going to not work. They even have betting pools on it.It is apparent that there is a serial killer depositing bodies in Cochise County. Nobody is missing though. And where ...
  • Darla
    J.A. Jance hits it out of the park in this latest Joanna Brady installment. It is simply amazing how much she crams into this book AND makes us love Sheriff Brady even more than we did already. There is, of course, murder (specifically a serial killer) and so much more. The book begins with election night, careens into childbirth and then we have a multiple perspectives including the acting sheriff, a young deputy, a kidnapped girl and the perp. ...
  • Stacy
    It was very difficult for me to put this book down. I read it on my computer, my kindle, and my phone! As always a good story line and Joanna Brady is a down to earth sheriff and mother. I love her character and her family storyline to go along with her as sheriff. I hate to think that things as atrocious in this book really do happen, but I am sure they do. As usual I shed some tears and had a giggle at the end. After seeing J.A. Jance a couple ...
  • Marilyn
    I am a huge Jance fan and like all of her different series. What I like best is that her stories move along so seamlessly. I never get bogged down and think, "get on with it" or start skimming over parts because I know what they are going to say. There is just enough exposition to set the stage, but not enough to bore or confuse.I did wrestle with the beginning because it was painful to read about the girls and their situation. But, perhaps it se...
  • Sarah Theis
    I won a copy of this from a giveaway here on Goodreads 😁 And this is my honest opinion. I actually really like this one. It was smooth reading, and even though this is only the 2nd book I've read by this author, I plan on reading more! The characters all have some history, even the minor ones that are only mentioned for a page. There's tons of dialogue, almost feels like a TV show. And you are given information about previous books so you don'...
  • April
    Field of Bones(Joanna Brady #18)by J.A. JanceJoanna Brady is back. Baby Sage is almost due while her mommy is standing for re-election. This book is told from multiple points of view. While Joanna is on maternity leave, a serial killers dumping ground is found in Cochise County. Her department works the case with Joanna doing work behind the scenes. There is plenty of suspense.We get to see familiar characters, but new deputies give a fresh feel....
  • Jerry B
    After literally popping out her new baby at novel’s start, Sheriff Joanna Brady (how old is she, anyway?) has to take much of a back seat to her staff as it appears a serial killer is at work in her county. When a “Field of Bones” is actually discovered in a remote mountainous corner of her big Arizona territory, we soon find out from the victims’ own narration about the “Boss” who delights in capturing spare women and imprisoning the...
  • Mike Haxton
    Brady, the Sheriff of Cochise. And here is another mini masterpiece from JA Janice. I got hooked on Sheriff Brady with an audio boo, and have them all, This latest does not disappoint. Everything this badass lady writes keeps me up late. I’m writing this review at 2:25am, because I couldn’t put it down. I’m going to Arizona this month, and this time I will stop in Bixbee.Note to the author: Jenny should solve a crime at school.
  • Cathy
    the story telling was OK but missed action of Butch Dixon, who was on a book tour & main character Joanna Brady Dixon, that I love, was left in the background for 3/4 of the book on maternity leave but was able to make an appearance scattered here and there; want more of Joanna next time! Sheriff Brady is left feeding, changing diapers & doing laundry so let her do more "sheriff" work next time!
  • Claudette
    Think I've given up on J.A. Jance. Every character has a long, narrative back-story, but very little current action or dialogue. In face, there is very little current action or dialogue period! Instead we get long narratives, very little suspense, and vaguely cliff-hanging "see me for the next book, for which I'll charge full price, even though it's actually the last half of THIS book". Nah, I'm passing on the rest.
  • Liz
    This is another action-packed thriller in the Joanna Brady series. I loved the familiar characters and a few new ones (Garth), the Arizona desert setting and the fast and furious pace of this heart-wrenching story. It all makes for an exciting and engrossing read that I recommend!I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
  • Sylvia Dugan
    I found the theme of the crimes horrendous and skimmed through some of the descriptions of the torture the murderer put his victims through. I also missed having Joanna's husband Butch around except for a couple of phone calls. I did finish the book, but found it less satisfying than others in this series.