by J.A. Jance
Publisher: William Morrow
Released: July 22nd 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, Suspense
How I got it: Received an ARC from the author via Partners in Crime book tours.
Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona’s Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.
An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.
Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It’s up to Joanna to find out.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. It's number 16 in the series, but the first I have read so it can be read as a stand alone.
The book starts out with Liza who is a victim multiple times over. From an abusive mother, to murder she is innocence yet forced to run. I really felt bad for this poor women, she frees herself from her mother, builds a life then her mother dies tossing poor Liza into a whirl wind and cross country trek to find her estranged brother, who is already dead.
On the other side of the US Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full, with two homicides. One an elderly mentally changed man, named Junior, is found with a bunch of tortured animals at the bottom of a glory hole. This is a man Joanna considered a family friend and sweet person. The other murder is Guy, Liza's brother and the towns ME. I was impressed with how Joanna used her limited resourced and man power to solve both murders not just focusing on the media grabbing one, Guy's. I did manage to figure out Junior's killers fairly quickly, but I'm just good like that. <grin> While Guy's murder was pretty straight forward his case did have some interesting twists that surprised the heck out of me.
The plot moved along at a good pace, making this a fast read for me and keeping me entertained. The characters were engaging and likable, if a little heart wrenching at times. Over all a good read.