This is a complete list of J.A. Jance books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.
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J.A. Jance (Judith Ann Jance) was born on October 27th, 1944 and is currently 79 years old. J.A. Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota, USA. Jance attended University of Arizona where she received a B.A. Education and University of Arizona where she received an M.A. Library Science.
J.A. Jance is the author of the J.P. Beaumont series which currently consists of 28 novels. The J.P. Beaumont series started in 1985 with the novel Until Proven Guilty. The most recently released novel in the J.P. Beaumont series was Nothing to Lose which was released in 2022. There are no upcoming novels for the J.P. Beaumont series.
J.A. Jance (Judith Ann Jance) has also written the Joanna Brady series which has 23 books including Desert Heat and Tombstone Courage.
J.A. Jance books have been nominated for multiple awards, Trial by Fury was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1987. Hour of the Hunter was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1992 as well as the Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1992. Dance of the Bones was nominated for the Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel, in 2016.
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When it comes to JA Jance’s work, I prefer her Beaumont series, most likely because Beaumont is such a cool character and one that is incredibly likable. But that is probably only because I’ve been reading it since it first began publication and followed the ups and downs of his life and love the secondary characters. Plus the Seattle setting is fantastic too.
While the Sheriff Brady series is enjoyable as well, it is her Beaumont books are the ones I’m fondest of. There is plenty of good stuff of hers to check out and is all a matter of preference.
JA Jance is one of my favorite authors that was interestingly enough recommended to me by my mother. My introduction to Jance was when my mom brought a copy of Tombstone Courage home, and I spent the whole night reading it.
I would then alternate between the Joanna Brady and the JP Beaumont series over the years. I believe the Joanna Brady series is my current favorite though there is no saying if that will change in the future as more books are releases.
The lead of the Brady series is Joanna, a determined and tough woman that is also very vulnerable.
The Joanna Brady series come with an action packed plot and are full of interesting characters. Compared to the Beaumont series, the series has more verve and suspense which what makes them one of my all time favorite series.
J.A Jance is a new author to me, and I have recently added her to my list of best mystery authors.
Her novel, Until Proven Guilty, took me by delighted surprise, and I highly recommend it.
The novel is the story of a 5- year- old girl who is a lost treasure and, instead of being cherished, gets murdered.
It’s a straightforward, fast-paced detective book.
The story grabbed me right away, and the mystery is easy to figure out.
The plot is interesting and involves a religious cult and false trails that result in a surprising ending.
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JA Jance’s different series of mystery novels take place all across the US, and the investigators range from law enforcement to private investigators, but each one of them is noted for its taut pacing and strong characters. This is why I feel confident picking up her new novels, as I know no matter what, who, or where is involved I will find the same quality writing and thrills in each one. I find all of Jance’s series worth checking out, but the Joanna Brady and Walker Family series are the strongest. Sadly, there have not been any media adaptations of her work yet but hopefully one day we will see Jance’s characters acted out.
I wasn’t sure where to start with J.A. Jance, so I bought the first books in the Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont series. Of the two, I think I’ll continue with the Joanna Brady series.
I have nothing against the Beaumont books. In fact, Beau is my favorite of the two protagonists. But ‘Until Proven Guilty’ leaned heavily into romance. I have nothing against romance. Jance handled Beau’s relationship with Anne well enough.
But ‘Desert Heat’ had a more consistent tone. Also, I like how easy it was to read. I don’t have as much time to read these days. I get the sense that I can enjoy the Joanna Brady books within the 30-minute reading sessions I’ve added to my daily schedule.
I started the Joanna Brady series and enjoyed the location since I have 2 sisters living in Phoenix and I have visited often. I now go 3 months out of the year to avoid Midwest winters. I completed that series, read the Ali Reynolds series and am now going thru the J P Beaumont series. I usually do audio books because I have a lot of other things going on, some I enjoy and most I don’t, therefore getting to listen to an audio book makes the task even better or at least tolerable if I can listen to a book while doing it. I enjoy all of them.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Especially appreciated the insights the author included at the end of the book when the story had ended.
The book I just completed, Payment in Kind, has a sub-text of an alcoholic who is participating in AA. I like when authors include things that could be helpful to others who might be considering making a positive change in their life. It’s part of the story, something addressed in previous episodes and doesn’t come across as “preachy” but realistic.
So very true. I feel like we are able to take things in more as well and take them more seriously reading them in that sort of setting.
In a recent book the Beaumont series included positive input and information on AA which I think is commendable. The most recent book I read tackled someone who fell off the wagon after 2 years of being sober. It’s definitely not the central part of the book (nor was the AA inclusion previously) but I applaud being realistic and implying that joining AA doesn’t necessarily mean that’s an end-all in itself.
I like the way the author seamlessly blends in current current concerns to the storyline. This book looks at domestic violence as part of the story.
J A Jance is a favorite author because I’ve spent enough time in AZ to recognize the settings of many of the stories. I have completed most of her series which is both satisfying and sad because now I have to wait for new books to come out, not that there aren’t other books out there to read. 🙂
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