Biography

J.A. Jance

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

J.A. Jance

Books by J.A. Jance

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont looked forward to having his days to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to danger. When his longtime nemesis, Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s deemed an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of the deceased victim himself. Caught up in a situation where old actions hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside of the law. While seeking justice for his frenemy, he comes face to face with an enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department. Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What’s the connection between these two ladies? Is this a case of murder/suicide, or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may be on the hunt for another victim?

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Cybersecurity expert Roger McGeary finally has his life back on track after years of struggling with depression. But when he falls from the balcony of his suite on an all-expenses-paid cruise, the police quickly dismiss it as “death by misadventure,” a vague phrase leaving much to interpretation. Unsatisfied, Roger’s tough-as-nails aunt, Julia Miller, is determined to find answers and closure. By contacting Roger’s childhood friend, Stuart Ramey, to help her solve the mystery of his fate, Julia unwittingly sets up a collision course with a serial killer. Stuart, his sidekick Cami Lee, and journalist turned amateur sleuth Ali Reynolds put the full resources of cutting-edge online security firm High Noon Enterprises into learning the truth about Roger’s death.

written by J.A. Jance, read by Karen Ziemba - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his 40th birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a race horse refuge, refuses to take “case closed” for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

When Ali Reynolds’ parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his longtime friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father’s name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme’s other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Amos Warren, a prospector, was gunned down years ago, and Sheriff Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case. Now retired, he is called in when the alleged killer, John Lassiter, refuses to accept a plea deal and demands that Brandon find the "real" killer. Upon discovering that there are links between Lassiter’s case and an unsolved case in Seattle, he comes to J.P. Beaumont 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.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ali Reynolds’ longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery

When cleaning out the house of her dying mother, Liza Machett discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills. 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. Are the two disparate cases connected?

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District’s computer system, has been set on fire and severely burned. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’s fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened. Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks’ father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

SECOND WATCH shows Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont taking some time off to get knee replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing mysteries he's ever faced. His past collides with his present in a story that explores loss and heartbreak, duty and honor, and, most importantly, the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe those who served in the Vietnam War, and those in uniform today.

by J.A. Jance - Nonfiction

Before she found fame as a bestselling mystery author, Judith Jance was married to an alcoholic. For years she channeled her pain into words, composing the poems in this moving volume. In searing and direct language, AFTER THE FIRE chronicles the collapse of Jance's marriage under the weight of her husband's addiction --- and her own unwitting denial and co-dependence while she struggled to find herself.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery

Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of Lynn Martinson, who is accused of the crime. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn’s cases are related.

by J.A. Jance - Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction

When her daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her murdered high school principal, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady is caught in the difficult middle between being an officer of the law and a mother. The search for justice will lead to her own door, and will reveal secrets no parent wants to hear. Joanna will be forced to face the possibility that her perfect daughter may shockingly be more –and less- than she seems.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead --- Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, and an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery

Trying to solve a devastating crime involving troubled teens leads J.P. Beaumont, an investigator for the Washington Attorney General's Special Homicide squad, into a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government.

by J.A. Jance - Fiction, Mystery

Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath, has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the women he once victimized are considered suspects, and Ali Reynolds investigates.