Dead to Rights (A Joanna Brady Mystery) by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona, reveals herself in the course of chance and deception whilst she makes an attempt to targeted revenge for the homicide of her police officer husband.

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I was thinking,” Joanna said. ” Marianne Maculyea laughed. “It’s possible,” she said. ” Daisy Maxwell brought their lunches right then. That was pretty much the last chance the two women had to talk. During the course of the meal, several people stopped by to visit with one or the other of them—parishioners from Canyon Methodist Church who were worried about how the organ repairs were going, or someone trying to sign them up to bake cakes to be sold at a local charity auction. Joanna and Marianne had finished up the last of their coffee and were standing in line at the cash register when a fire truck, siren blaring, roared past the outside door.

The orphanage is located in Chengdu. People there mostly burn coal for heat, so in the winter especially the whole city is hazy with smoke and soot. The coal dust gets into everything. “Since visiting Americans always complain about the coal dust, Jeff’s talking about it on the phone shouldn’t worry the authorities, but it does me. ” “That’s just it. I don’t know, but he did tell me that he’s got to have more money. ” Joanna asked. Marianne sighed. ” Joanna whistled. ” “It is,” Marianne told her.

Instead of being irate that Hal Morgan was outside the clinic gates of Buckwalter Animal Clinic protesting Bonnie’s death, Bucky might have shown a little contrition, acted as though he were sorry, even if he was only going through the motions. As far as Joanna was concerned, spending two months in jail, paying a hefty fine into the coffers of the Maricopa County Superior Court, and going through a drug-and-alcohol treatment didn’t seem like much of a punishment for the taking of a human life. Joanna had known Bucky Buckwalter for years, not only as the family vet but also as an insurance client at the Davis Insurance Agency, where she had worked for years, both as office manager and as saleswoman, prior to her election to the office of sheriff.

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