Judith A. (J.A.) Jance

J.P. Beaumont

Proof of Life
Proof of Life
Dance of the Bones
Dance of the Bones
Second Watch
Second Watch
Still Dead
Still Dead
Betrayal of Trust
Betrayal of Trust
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
Justice Denied
Justice Denied
Long Time Gone
Long Time Gone
Stand Down
Stand Down
Partner in Crime
Partner in Crime
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Breach of Duty
Breach of Duty
Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Ring in the Dead
Ring in the Dead
Lying in Wait
Lying In Wait
Failure to Appear
Failure to Appear
Without Due Process
Without Due Process
Payment In Kind
Payment in Kind
Second Fiddle
"Second Fiddle"
  • No Alibi: The Best in New Crime Fiction, 1995
  • First Cases, volume 4, 2002
  • Dismissed With Prejudice, 2005
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • Minor In Posession
    Minor In Posession
    Dismissed With Prejudice
    Dismissed with Prejudice
    A More Perfect Union
    A More Perfect Union
    Improbable Cause
    Improbable Cause
    Taking the Fifth
    Taking the Fifth
    Trial By Fury
    Trial by Fury
    Injustice for All
    Injustice For All
    Until Proven Guilty
    Until Proven Guilty
    Sentenced to Die
    Sentenced to Die
    , 2005
    Contains the first 3
    J.P. Beaumont mysteries

    JoAnna Brady

    Field of Bones
    Field of Bones
    Downfall
    Downfall
    Random Acts
    Random Acts
    No Honor Among Thieves
    No Honor Among Thieves
    Remains of Innocence
    Remains of Innocence
    The Old Blue Line
    The Old Blue Line
    Judgement Call
    Judgement Call
    Fire and Ice
    Fire and Ice
    Damage Control
    Damage Control
    Dead Wrong
    Dead Wrong
    Exit Wounds
    Exit Wounds
    Partner in Crime
    Partner in Crime
    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Lost
    Devil`s Claw
    Devil's Claw
    Outlaw Mountain
    Outlaw Mountain
    Rattlesnake Crossing
    Rattlesnake Crossing
    Skeleton Canyon
    Skeleton Canyon
    Dead to Rights
    Dead to Rights
  • Read article from Mystery Scene
  • Shoot/Don't Shoot
    Shoot \ Don't Shoot
    , 1996
    Tombstone Courage
    Tombstone Courage
    Desert Heat
    Desert Heat
  • nominated for 1996 Pacific NorthWest's
    The Spotted Owl award!
  • Ali Reynolds


    Moving Target

    Deadly Stakes

    Left for Dead
    quick
                review

    Fatal Error
    quick
                review

    Trial by Fire

    Cruel Intent

    Hand of Evil
    , 2007

    Web of Evil

    Edge of Evil

    Diana Ladd and the Ohb


    Hour of the Hunter
    , 1990

    Kiss of the Bees
    , 2001

    Day of the Dead
    , 2005

    Queen of the Night
    , 2011


    Naked Came the Phoenix

    A Serial Novel

    No Rest for the Dead
    ,
    A Serial Novel

    After the Fire
    , Poetry
  • Welcome Home: A Child's View of Family Alcoholism, [nf]
  • Dial 0 for Help: A Story of Parental Kidnapping, [nf]
  • It's Not Your Fault, [nf]

  • SHORT STORIES
    "Death of a Snowbird"
  • The Mysterious West, 1994
  • A Moment On the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories By Women, 2004
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Doggedly On the Case"
  • Bark M for Murder, 2006
  • "The Duel"
  • Cat Crimes, 1991
  • Great Cat Mysteries, 1996
  • Cat Crimes I, II, III, 1998
  • Crafty Cat Crimes: 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries, 2000
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "A Flash of Chrysanthemum"
  • Murder on Route 66, 1999
  • The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories, 2000
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Highest, Best Use"
  • Creature Cozies, 2005
  • "Mandy: “Free to Good Home”"
  • Mandy "Free to Good Home [chapbook], 1992
  • Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives, 1998
  • "Oil & Water"
  • Partners In Crime, 1994
  • Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories 4th Annual, 1995
  • Blowout in Little-Man Flats & Other Spine-Tingling Stories of Murder in the West, 1998
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "One Good Turn"
  • Vengeance Is Hers, 1997
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "The Prodigal"
  • More Murder, They Wrote, 1999
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Witness"
  • Dangerous Women, 2005
  • "Signore Bianco"
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005

  • J.A. Jance, Mystery Author, at Twilight Lane
  • J.A. Jance official site

  • Dead to Rights

    (quoted from Mystery Scene #54, pages 54-)
    Two years ago, on the first morning of Bouchercon here in Seattle, my husband and I learned that friends of ours had been hit by a drunk driver while vacationing in Oregon. The wife died that day. This couple had been blessed with a fairytale marriage. Theirs was a true case of love at first sight. From the time of their marriage until that fatal accident some twenty years later, they never spent a single night apart.

    Not surprisingly, the widowed husband was devastated. Having been widowed ourselves, my husband and I understood what he was going through. At first we listened to his hurt and grief. Later, we heard his sorrow turn to anger as he battled with a ponderous and unresponsive judicial system to see that his beloved wife's killer, the drunk driver, didn't go unpunished.

    Unfortunately, this was an old and altogether too familiar story. The drunk had no driver's license, no insurance, several previous drunk driving and drug dealing convictions as well as a history of domestic violence. Nontheless, there were all kinds of folks willing to jump to his defense. Not only that, small town politics came into play when a lame duck prosecutor seemed determined to let the case slide into a world of bureaucraic oblivion.

    Had our friend not been a deeply religious man, he might have considered taking the law into his own hands, but he did not. After months of determinedly uncaring bureaucrats and a morass of paperwork, he finally had the satisfaction of seeing that his wife's killer was convicted in a court of law. The sentence wasn't much as sentences go--a few paltry months in jail, three years of probation, and the loss of an already non-existent driver's license. To me, none of those hand-slapping punishments seemed adequate, not considering that the man had taken the life of a totally innocent victim.

    Fortunately, as a writer of crime fiction, I have a few options for taking care of "bad guys" that aren't necessarily available to the public at large. Most of these options have nothing to do with law and order. Consider the fate of the dead dentist on the first page of my fifth book, Improbable Cause. When I wrote the dead dentist scene, I finally managed to wreak personal revenge on a sadistic dentist who had haunted a whole generation of kids in my home town by practicing novocaine-free dentistry. Not surprisingly, the murder weapon in my book was one of the sharper tools of the dentistry trade.

    After watching this drunk driving story play itself our, there was no question in my mind about the beginning of my next Johanna Brady book, Dead to Rights, [Avon, Fall 1995?]. It starts with a man standing outside a veterinarian's office handing out leaflets for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. The picketer turns out to be the widowed husband of a woman killed by the vet in a D.W.I. incident in Phoenix the year before. When the vet is found murdered a few hours later, naturally the grieving husband is the prime suspect.

    It did my heart good to know that the drunk had gotten his just reward for a change. And as for the husband--did he do it or not?

    That would be telling, now, wouldn't it?


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