Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: Dance of the Bones: A J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel (Walker Family Mysteries) by J. A. Jance

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1066 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OP0JHS2

Book Description

J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker, two of New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s most acclaimed series characters, join forces for the first time in one of the most suspenseful works of her career

Years ago, Amos Warren, a prospector, was gunned down out in the desert and Sheriff Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case. Now, the retired Walker is called in when the alleged killer, John Lassiter, refuses to accept a plea deal that would release him from prison with time served. Lassiter wants Brandon and The Last Chance to find Amos’s “real” killer and clear his name.

Sixteen hundred miles to the north in Seattle, J.P. Beaumont is at loose ends after the Special Homicide Investigation Team, affectionately known as S.H.I.T., has been unexpectedly and completely disbanded. When Brandon discovers that there are links between Lassiter’s case and an unsolved case in Seattle, he comes to Beau for help.

Those two cases suddenly become hot when two young boys from the reservation, one of them with close ties to the Walker family, go missing. Can two seasoned cops, working together, decipher the missing pieces in time to keep them alive?

About the Author

Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

* J.P. Beaumont
* Joanna Brady
* Ali Reynolds
* Walker Family

My Review

I think I've read almost every book that J.A. Jance has ever written. Dance of the Bones is Walker Family Mysteries novel and a J.P. Beaumont novel. The story revolves around the Walker family much more though. When I read about Sheriff Brandon Walker's author wife Diana, I always picture J.A. Jance.

Dance of the Bones is set in the Tuscon area of Arizona which always brings up pictures of the dry unforgiving desert and drug cartels! Poor Tuscon! And as it turned it out there was a little of both. More than a Brandon Walker or a J.P. Beaumont story, this was really a Lani Walker-Pardee story. It was a good story. I really enjoyed it. The reader didn't really have a mystery to solve. It was all laid out for us. We just needed to be concerned about when the various detected would figure everything out.

Basically Dance of the Bones has moved J.P. Beaumont ahead in a new career direction. He was toying with it in the preceding novella but as he helped with this case, he came to a career decision.

I always enjoy J.A. Jance stories. Dance of the Bones is a great tale.


  1. I've read some of Jance's Joanna Brady books and also a couple of her Ali Reynolds series. I've not ever read a J.P. Beaumont book and I really don't know why. One day maybe. I do like this author's writing style.

  2. I really enjoy her books, thanks for the review, it is on my wish list.