Thursday, May 20, 2010

Review: Skeleton Canyon by J.A. Jance

Skeleton Canyon is J.A. Jance's fifth book in her Joanna Brady series. This time the book is centered around the disappearance of a pretty and popular teenager. Her father is an influential man and threatens to make life difficult for Joanna as Sheriff. Her boyfriend is a Hispanic young man who she never told her parents about, fearing their disapproval and bigotry. The girl's body is found by two hikers and the investigation kicks into high gear.

At the same time, the Sheriff's department is investigating a smuggling operation with the help of everyone's favorite DEA Agent, Adam York. Slowly but surely the threads of the two cases begin to intertwine.

Skeleton Canyon is another fabulous addition to the Joanna Brady Series. The mystery is engrossing and helps to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the recurring characters. I find that to be one of the strengths of JA Jance has as a writer; her ability to make the characters engaging and to show their growth and development. I love the interpersonal relationships between the characters especially Joanna and her friend and pastor, Marianne. Finishing this book only made me more eager to read the next one!

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