At a Glance
JA Jance / Judith Ann Jance is an American author who wrote several of mystery and thriller series, including the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series and the Walker Family series.
Here is the list of the JA Jance books in order for each of the series the author has written.
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J.P. Beaumont Series
J.P. Beaumont is a homicide detective in Seattle
- Until Proven Guilty (J.P. Beaumont #1), 1985
- Injustice for All (J.P. Beaumont #2), 1986
- Trial by Fury (J.P. Beaumont #3), 1986
- Taking the Fifth (J.P. Beaumont #4), 1988
- Improbable Cause (J.P. Beaumont #5), 1987
- A More Perfect Union (J.P. Beaumont #6), 1988
- Dismissed with Prejudice (J.P. Beaumont #7), 1989
- Minor in Possession (J.P. Beaumont #8), 1990
- Payment in Kind (J.P. Beaumont #9), 1991
- Without Due Process (J.P. Beaumont #10), 1992
- Failure to Appear (J.P. Beaumont #11), 1993
- Lying in Wait (J.P. Beaumont #12), 1994
- Name Withheld (J.P. Beaumont #13), 1996
- Breach of Duty (J.P. Beaumont #14), 1999
- Birds of Prey (J.P. Beaumont #15), 2001
- Partner in Crime (J.P. Beaumont #16, Joanna Brady #10), 2002
- Long Time Gone (J.P. Beaumont #17), 2005
- Justice Denied (J.P. Beaumont #18), 2007
- Fire and Ice (J.P. Beaumont #19, Joanna Brady #14), 2009
- Betrayal of Trust (J.P. Beaumont #20), 2011
- Ring in the Dead (J.P. Beaumont #20.5), 2013
- Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont #21), 2013
- Stand Down (J.P. Beaumont #21.5), 2015
- Dance of the Bones (J.P. Beaumont #22, Walker Family #5), 2015
- Still Dead (J.P. Beaumont #22.5), 2017
- Proof of Life (J.P. Beaumont #23), 2017
Joanna Brady Series
Joanna Brady is a sheriff in Cochise County in Arizona
- Desert Heat, Paper (Joanna Brady #1), 1993
- Tombstone Courage, Paper (Joanna Brady #2), 1994
- Shoot Don’t Shoot (Joanna Brady #3), 1995
- Dead to Rights (Joanna Brady #4), 1996
- Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady #5), 1997
- Rattlesnake Crossing (Joanna Brady #6), 1998
- Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady #7), 1999
- Devil’s Claw (Joanna Brady #8), 2001
- Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady #9), 2001
- Partner in Crime (Joanna Brady #10, J.P. Beaumont #16), 2002
- Exit Wounds (Joanna Brady #11), 2003
- Dead Wrong (Joanna Brady #12), 2006
- Damage Control (Joanna Brady #13), 2008
- Fire and Ice (Joanna Brady #14, J.P. Beaumont #19), 2009
- Judgment Call (Joanna Brady #15), 2012
- The Old Blue Line (Joanna Brady #15.5), 2014 – short novella
- Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady #16), 2014
- No Honor Among Thieves (Joanna Brady #16.5, Ali Reynolds #10.5), 2015
- Random Acts (Joanna Brady #16.6, Ali Reynolds #11.5), 2016
- Downfall (Joanna Brady #17), 2016
- Field of Bones (Joanna Brady #18), 2018
Ali (Alison) Reynolds Series
Ali Reynolds is an ex-newscaster in her 40s, living in Sedona, in Arizona
- Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds #1), 2005
- Web of Evil (Ali Reynolds #2), 2007
- Hand of Evil (Ali Reynolds #3), 2007
- Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds #4), 2009
- Trial By Fire (Ali Reynolds #5), 2009
- Fatal Error (Ali Reynolds #6), 2011
- Left for Dead (Ali Reynolds #7), 2012
- Deadly Stakes (Ali Reynolds #8), 2013
- Moving Target (Ali Reynolds #9), 2014
- A Last Goodbye (Ali Reynolds #9.5), 2014
- Cold Betrayal (Ali Reynolds #10), 2015
- No Honor Among Thieves (Ali Reynolds #10.5), 2015
- Clawback (Ali Reynolds #11), 2016
- Random Acts (Joanna Brady #16.6, Ali Reynolds #11.5), 2016
- Man Overboard (Ali Reynolds #12), 2017
- Duel To Death (Ali Reynolds #13), 2018
Walker Family Series
Brandon Walker is an ex-sheriff in Tucson, in Arizona
- Hour of the Hunter (Walker Family #1), 1991
- Kiss of the Bees (Walker Family #2), 1993
- Day of the Dead (Walker Family #3), 2005
- Queen of the Night (Walker Family #4), 2010
- Dance of the Bones (Walker Family #5, J.P. Beaumont #22), 2015
JA Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota. As a child, she moved with her family to Bisbee, Arizona, where she was raised.
In 1962 she graduated from Bisbee High School, from where she received a scholarship allowing her to attend the University of Arizona. She graduated from here in 1966 with a degree in English and Secondary Education.
Before starting her writing career, JA Jance had several jobs, including that of being school librarian on a Native American reservation, a teacher, and an insurance salesperson.
It was during her time of selling insurance that she started to write, in the middle of the night, as her day job and her kids wouldn’t give her much time to write during the day. Talk about ambition – which thankfully helped her push on so that she could finally realize her dream of a full-time writer – of successful books, nonetheless.
An interesting fact is that the JA Jance Joanna Brady series is taking place in Arizona, the very place where the author grew up.
I totally admire this author. Over the years she realized that everything that happened to her, the good and the bad, could be used in her writing. Having lived with an alcoholic first husband shaped part of who she is now. The author’s words on this:
The eighteen years I spent while married to an alcoholic have helped shape the experience and character of Detective J. P. Beaumont. My experiences as a single parent have gone into the background for Joanna Brady
show just how much she has learned over the years – and learned to put that experience to good use. I would dare to think that writing these books was also a cleansing experience for the author. Kudos to her.
The JA Jance books list currently includes 23 novels in the J.P. Beaumont series, 17 novels in the Joanna Brady series, 13 in the Ali Reynolds series, 5 in the Walker Family series, not to mention all the novellas the author wrote in each of these series. Then JA Jance also wrote a book on poetry and several short stories.
While the order of the books by JA Jance is pretty clear, you do need to pay attention to the fact that some of the books intersect between the various series (e.g. Partner in Crime is book #16 in the J.P. Beaumont series and #10 in the Joanna Brady series). Whenever such a crossover happens, I will mention it in brackets next to the relevant book.
To read the JA Jance books, I suggest you read them in order. As I mentioned above, the various series will cross at some point, and it’s interesting to follow the main characters interacting with each other to solve various crimes.
Her latest book in the Joanna Brady series is published in 2017 with the title Field of Bones. A new book in the Ali Reynolds series was published in 2018 with the title Duel to Death.
The first JA Jance series was J.P. Beaumont, which was started in 1985.
My favorite series, however, is the JA Jance Ali Reynolds series. I can somehow much more related to Ali’s female character than with, say Beaumont or Walker. The series started in 2006 with Edge of Evil, which was also the first book I’ve picked up in the series to read.
Ali is a 40+ former TV journalist who is currently living in Sedona, Arizona. Her age greatly contributed to her being kicked out of her job since broadcasting executives wanted someone younger in her place, wanted a younger face on the TV to say the news.
So Ali goes home to her husband, a famous media mogul, only to realize that he also has replaced her in his life with a much younger female version. So finally she packs her bags and goes home to Sedona to pick up the broken pieces of her life once again, not to mention to help her friend’s family after learning that one of her best friends died.
I found it interesting to read about her starting her own blog. I don’t exactly remember whether in 2006 blogging was as big as it is now.
In Man Overboard, the JA Jance Ali Reynolds book #12, published in 2017, Ali is now more of an amateur private detective. She gets involved in a case where cybersecurity expert Roger McGeary falls down the balcony of a cruising yacht. The police don’t give much thought of his death, so Roger’s aunt, Julia, asks Ali, and Stuart Ramey, who is Roger’s childhood pal, to help find out what exactly happened with Roger.
The serial killer who targeted Roger is after other people as well, who have lost their parents to suicide. In this book, an AI (artificial intelligence) is used, sadly, for evil. When the killer targets Stuart as well, Ali, with the help of her company, High Noon Enterprises, has to stop the killer before it is too late for Stuart.
Looking back to the first Ali Reynolds books, it was interesting to see the author’s development of technology in her books. She initially started with Ali writing her first blog post. Now, we’re at cyberbullying, and even at sophisticated AIs.