J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance

Upcoming J.A. Jance Books

September 10th, 2024: Den of Iniquity (J.P. Beaumont, #29)

April 1st, 2025: OverKill (Ali Reynolds, #21)

Blessing of the Lost Girls (Joanna Brady, #20) was the most recently released book by J.A. Jance, on September 19th, 2023.

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J.A. Jance Stats: The highest rated book by J.A. Jance on Book Notification is Unfinished Business, the 19th novel in the Ali Reynolds series. The second-highest rated book is No Honor Among Thieves (Ali Reynolds #12).

The most read book by J.A. Jance on Book Notification is Desert Heat, the first novel in the Joanna Brady series. The second most read book is Until Proven Guilty (J.P. Beaumont #1).

Below is a complete list of J.A. Jance books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by J.A. Jance is the J.P. Beaumont Series.

List of J.P. Beaumont Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.51985
2
7.61986
3
8.21986
4
8.21987
5
8.41988
6
7.91988
7
81989
8
81990
9
8.31991
10
8.71992
11
8.51993
12
8.31994
13
8.51996
14
8.41999
15
8.62001
16
8.42002
17
8.22005
18
7.22007
19
8.42009
20
8.92011
21
8.62013
22
8.32013
23
7.92015
24
7.52015
25
8.62017
26
8.52017
27
92019
28
8.92022
29
2024

List of Joanna Brady Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.31993
2
8.71995
3
8.51995
4
91997
5
8.81997
6
8.91998
7
8.61999
8
8.92001
9
8.62001
10
8.42002
11
8.62003
12
8.32006
13
8.52008
14
8.42009
15
8.32012
16
9.32014
17
8.52014
18
9.42015
19
8.52016
20
8.42016
21
8.82018
22
9.22021
23
7.72023

List of Ali Reynolds Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.32005
2
8.22007
3
7.82007
4
7.82008
5
8.62009
6
8.72011
7
8.72012
8
8.42013
9
8.22014
10
8.62014
11
8.82015
12
9.42015
13
8.82016
14
8.52016
15
9.12017
16
8.62018
17
8.82019
18
9.32019
19
9.12020
20
9.42021
21
9.22023
22
2025

List of Walker Family Mysteries Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Midnight Louie Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
81992
2
1993
3
1994
4
61995
5
41996
6
101997
7
101997
8
1997
9
1998
10
1998
11
1999
12
1999
13
2000
14
2001
15
2002
16
102003
17
2003
18
102004
19
2005
20
102006
21
102007
22
92008
23
102009
24
102010
25
102011
26
2012
27
102012
28
2013
29
2014
30
2015
31
2016
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If you are reading the Midnight Louie series in chronological order, you will want to read the Cat and a Playing Card series prior to the Midnight Louie series. However, this is not required.

List of The MatchUp Collection Books in Publication Order

The MatchUp Collection is a series of short stories where famous authors team up their well-known characters, such as Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher in the same story.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
2017
2
82017
3
92017
4
2018
5
2019
6
2019
7
8.82019
8
2019
9
9.32019
10
102019
11
2019
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List of J.A. Jance Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
1994
2
2000
3
2000
4
6 2001
5
2006
6
2006
7
2008
8
2010
9
8 2011
10
7 2014
11
6.7 2017
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J.A. Jance: Biography

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 29 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 is an upcoming novel for the J.P. Beaumont series entitled Den of Iniquity which is being released on September 10th, 2024.

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: Awards & Accolades

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.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow J.A. Jance are:

  1. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  2. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  3. James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

J.A. Jance: F.A.Q

When was J.A. Jance Born? How old is J.A. Jance?

J.A. Jance was born on October 27th, 1944. J.A. Jance is currently 79 years old.

Where was J.A. Jance Born?

J.A. Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota, USA and is American.

What was the first book J.A. Jance wrote?

The first novel written by J.A. Jance was After the Fire, published in 1984.

What was the most recent book J.A. Jance wrote?

Her most recently released work was Blessing of the Lost Girls on September 19th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by J.A. Jance?

J.A. Jance has two new books coming out: Den of Iniquity will be released on September 10th, 2024. OverKill will be released on April 1st, 2025.

How many books has J.A. Jance written?

J.A. Jance has written 76 books. 29 books in the J.P. Beaumont Series, 23 books in the Joanna Brady Series, 22 books in the Ali Reynolds Series, 6 books in the Walker Family Mysteries Series, 1 Standalone Novel, 1 book in the Midnight Louie Series, 1 book in The MatchUp Collection Series.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    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.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    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.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    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.
    Thanks to this list of books by J.A Jance.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    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. 

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    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.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    8 months ago

    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.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    8 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Especially appreciated the insights the author included at the end of the book when the story had ended.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    8 months ago

    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.

    Graeme
    Graeme
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    Reply to  stalsma
    8 months ago

    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.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    8 months ago

    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.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    7 months ago

    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.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    7 months ago

    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. 🙂

    Elaine M
    Elaine M
    4 months ago

    I have been reading J.A. Jance books for many years. It definitely should be a “must read” for those of us avid readers. It’s hard to compare her to other authors. She is definitely worthy of the term “author” and I sure hope she continues to write for years to come. It’s hard to describe her writing but I can say that once you complete a book, you are busy hunting for the next in the series.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    2 months ago

    Taking the Veil – I discovered an unread book in my list so I had to check it off. It was a short story and a combination with another author, Erick Van Lustrader. The characters were familiar from other J A Jance books and it was a good read.

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