Downfall By J.A. Jance

Sep 17, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Theodore Feit

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Downfall, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

As if Joanna Brady doesn’t have enough to keep her occupied, she’s expecting a baby girl in December and, having just solved the murder of her mother and stepfather, she is in the midst of planning their funerals, when two murder cases crop up to add to her burden. And she is just beginning to focus on her re-election campaign for Sheriff.

bookThe first case arises when two female bodies are discovered, one atop the other, at the base of Geronimo, a popular hill frequently climbed by the youth of Bixby, AZ. This is the far more interesting case, involving a joint investigation with a nearby police department, headed by Brady’s former deputy. It turns out to be a case of double murder. The second case involves the murder of a man by his wife, who hit him over the head with a golf club.

This novel is quite a story, and is filled with plenty of action as the plot unfolds. To this reader, too often the author relies on clichés to describe a thought or event. But she can be forgiven because the rest is so well-written. The insight into Joanna Brady’s mind and personality, especially as it relates to her relationship with her mother, as well as her motivations and actions, are truly deep and penetrating, and the novel is recommended.

To enter to win a copy of Downfall, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “downfall,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 24, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Ted & Gloria Feit live in Long Beach, New York, a few miles outside of New York City. For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband, Ted, is an attorney & former stock analyst, publicist & writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications. Having always been avid mystery readers & since they’re now retired, they’re able to indulge their passion. Their reviews appear online as well as in three print publications in the UK & US.


  1. I like to read this author so will be happy to have this one

  2. I haven’t read anything by J.A. Jance, but “Downfall” sounds like a good place to start.

  3. Jane gets into the characters’ life, which adds to the writing.

  4. Great Series. Don’t know how I missed the previous book. Will be looking for it.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. Love J.A. Jance books!

  6. Sounds like a series I should try, thanks for the chance to win.

  7. J.a.jance is one of my favorite authors I’ve read all her books.Love them all.

  8. Great series that steadily builds and ages characters so well. This series and the Beaumont ones are my favorite ones by her.

  9. NO! I am behind and did not realize that her wonderful stepfather and her mother had been murdered!!! That should be the book I just bought. So sad!!! I love this series and feel like Iam really following her family as they things shift. Love her team too.
    I am ok with cliche’s for description since the heart of the story is always unique. Thanks for the review.

  10. This book sounds really good! I want to read it!

  11. We have a winner!


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