Saturday, August 30, 2014

Remains of Innocence Book Review

Remains of Innocence
by J.A. Jance
on Tour August 2014
Tour Info:
Book Formats: Print Only
Hosting Options: Review or Showcase
Giveaway: 1 Physical Book for each Reviewing Host
Series: Joanna Brady #16 (Stand Alone)

Genre: Mystery/Detective
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: July 22nd 2014
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 0062134701 (ISBN13: 9780062134707)

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.
My Review:

If you are a murder/mystery buff like me, then this book is going to be like the best dessert possible! It had me guessing all the way through the book as to what the heck was happening and who was doing all the bad things. It is filled with action and there is never a dull moment, which is what I like in a book. I don't like being bored to death because I figured out who the killer or killers are way too early in the book.

This one has one shocker after another and the book keeps delivering surprises and also a lot of caring and compassionate people along the way that makes up who and what the town of Bisbee, Arizona is all about. Everyone pretty much knows what everyone else's business is so it's interesting to read what they all think of each other and how they feel as a side note to the two different homicide cases going on at the same time.

I also loved the fact that they put several women in key positions, especially Joanna, who is the sheriff for the county and that she was overwhelmingly elected to boot! She was able to get to the bottom of both murders and by the time the whole thing was over and done with, it was truly amazing how much information was packed into this book and how many characters were introduced that helped make this such an interesting story.

Without all the truckers helping Liza get from the East Coast to Arizona was a great twist to add to the story because it gives you a glimpse as to who and how truckers survive on the road. It also gave the story a more personal touch and made for some great background information to help Liza on her journey while she kept contemplating how to find her stepbrother and get his help.

I really enjoyed this book and I believe if you love mysteries, this is one that you won't want to miss, plus J.A. Jance always has some of the best mystery books that I have read in the past and this one is now my new Best Favorite!

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

A voracious reader, J. A. Jance knew she wanted to be a writer from the moment she read her first Wizard of Oz book in second grade.

Always drawn to mysteries, from Nancy Drew right through John D. McDonald's Travis Magee series, it was only natural that when she tried her hand at writing her first book, it would be a mystery as well.

J. A. Jance went on to become the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family, and Edge of Evil. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. 
The author is giving one reader their very own print copy to read! You are going to love this story as much as I did. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!


Lance Wright said...

We really enjoyed this latest Joanna Brady mystery as well! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us.

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any of J. A. Jance's books yet, but I hear they are good. I don't exactly have one favorite mystery author, but I am a big fan of Lisa Gardner. Thanks for having the giveaway.