J.A. Jance Books

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Judith Ann (J.A.) Jance is a popular and prolific American writer, who writes in the crime fiction, horror, thriller and mystery genres. She was born on 27th October 1944 in Watertown, South Dakota. She was however raised in Bisbee, Arizona. She graduated with a degree in English and Secondary Education in 1966. She also received her M. Ed in Library Science from the University of Arizona in 1970.

Before starting her writing career, Jance worked as an insurance agent, teacher, and school librarian. She knew she wanted to become a writer since her days in college. However, that dream was thwarted by her English professor who frowned upon female writers. Even her first husband, who was also a writer, dismissed her passion and desire for writing. But after he died, Jance started writing very early in the morning and raising her kids single-handedly during the day.

Order of J.P. Beaumont Series

1Until Proven Guilty 1985Description / Buy
2Injustice For All 1986Description / Buy
3Trial by Fury 1986Description / Buy
4Taking the Fifth 1987Description / Buy
5Improbable Cause 1988Description / Buy
6A More Perfect Union 1988Description / Buy
7Dismissed with Prejudice 1989Description / Buy
8Minor in Possession 1990Description / Buy
9Payment In Kind 1991Description / Buy
10Without Due Process 1992Description / Buy
11Failure to Appear 1993Description / Buy
12Lying in Wait 1994Description / Buy
13Name Withheld 1996Description / Buy
14Breach Of Duty 1999Description / Buy
15Birds of Prey 2001Description / Buy
16Partner in Crime 2002Description / Buy
17Long Time Gone 2005Description / Buy
18Justice Denied 2007Description / Buy
19Fire and Ice 2009Description / Buy
20Betrayal of Trust 2011Description / Buy
21Second Watch 2013Description / Buy
22Ring In the Dead (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
23Stand Down (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
24Dance of the Bones 2015Description / Buy
25Still Dead (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
26Proof of Life 2017Description / Buy
27Sins of the Fathers 2019Description / Buy
28Nothing to Lose 2022Description / Buy

Order of Joanna Brady Series

1Desert Heat 1993Description / Buy
2Tombstone Courage 1995Description / Buy
3Shoot Don't Shoot 1995Description / Buy
4Dead to Rights 1997Description / Buy
5Skeleton Canyon 1997Description / Buy
6Rattlesnake Crossing 1998Description / Buy
7Outlaw Mountain 1999Description / Buy
8Devil's Claw 2001Description / Buy
9Paradise Lost 2001Description / Buy
10Partner in Crime 2002Description / Buy
11Exit Wounds 2003Description / Buy
12Dead Wrong 2006Description / Buy
13Damage Control 2008Description / Buy
14Fire and Ice 2009Description / Buy
15Judgment Call 2012Description / Buy
16The Old Blue Line (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
17Remains of Innocence 2014Description / Buy
18Random Acts (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
19Downfall 2016Description / Buy
20Field of Bones 2018Description / Buy
21Missing and Endangered 2021Description / Buy

Order of Ali Reynolds Series

1Edge of Evil 2005Description / Buy
2Web of Evil 2007Description / Buy
3Hand of Evil 2007Description / Buy
4Cruel Intent 2008Description / Buy
5Trial by Fire 2009Description / Buy
6Fatal Error 2011Description / Buy
7Left for Dead 2012Description / Buy
8Deadly Stakes 2013Description / Buy
9Moving Target 2014Description / Buy
10A Last Goodbye 2014Description / Buy
11Cold Betrayal 2015Description / Buy
12No Honor Among Thieves 2015Description / Buy
13Clawback 2016Description / Buy
14Random Acts (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
15Man Overboard 2017Description / Buy
16Duel to the Death 2018Description / Buy
17The A List 2019Description / Buy
18Taking the Veil (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
19Credible Threat 2020Description / Buy
20Unfinished Business 2021Description / Buy

Order of Walker Family Mysteries Series

1Hour of the Hunter 1991Description / Buy
2Kiss of the Bees 1993Description / Buy
3Day of the Dead 2004Description / Buy
4Queen of the Night 2010Description / Buy
5Dance of the Bones 2015Description / Buy

Order of J.A. Jance Standalone Novels

1After the Fire 1984Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

J.A. Jance Anthologies

1 Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives1998Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 12000Description / Buy
3 Naked Came the Phoenix2001Description / Buy
4 Bark M For Murder2006Description / Buy
5 No Rest for the Dead2011Description / Buy
6 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold2014Description / Buy
7 MatchUp2017Description / Buy
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In 1985, Until Proven Guilty, her first book in the J.P. Beaumont series was published. She has since remarried a very supportive and wonderful man and become a very successful author with over 50 books to her name. Her most popular book series include J. P. Beaumont Mystery series and Joanna Brady Mystery series. J.P. Beaumont Mystery series has 28 books while the Joanna Brady Mystery series has 17 books. She currently lives with her husband in Tucson, Arizona and Seattle, Washington.


Jance’s Trial By Fury (J.P. Beaumont series), which was released in 1986, was nominated for the 1987 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Her Hour Of The Hunter (Walker Family Mysteries), which was released in 1991, was also nominated for the 1992 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original.

She also won the American Mystery Award in 1992 and 1993 for her books – Without Due Process, and Failure to Appear respectively. Both of the books are from J.P. Beaumont series. In 2014, Jance’s fiction book – A Last Goodbye made it to the best sellers list on New York Times. In 2016, Random Acts, a title from her Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady Series also made it to the New York best sellers list.


Here is a summary of 2 books from Jance’s first series, J.P. Beaumont:

Until Proven Guilty: This is the first book in the series. J.P. Beaumont, who is known to his close friends as Beau, has worked as a homicide detective for more than 15 years. He has seen it all when it comes to homicides. However, when a five-year-old girl is found murdered, he feels upset. Angela Barstogi, who is the daughter of one of the Faith Tabernacle members, has been found with her pink-colored night gown twisted around her neck and bruises on her body. However, Pastor Michael Brodie, who is the leader of the group, will not allow any of his followers to speak with the detectives. But when Detective Beau and Ron Peters (his partner) threaten him with arrest, the little girl’s mother and other group members agree to speak with the detectives and answer their questions.

While attending Angela’s funeral, detective Beau is intrigued by the beautiful and mysterious woman in red, placing a single red rose on the girl’s coffin. Though no one at the funeral seems to know her, Beau is so charmed by her beauty that he’s compelled to speak with her. And into his life walks Anne Corley. The hunt for the girl’s killer leads Beau to the dark world of blind faith and religious fanaticism. He soon finds himself a target of twisted passion and perilous obsession.

Injustice For All: This is the second book in the series. After the events that happen in the Until Proven Guilty, Detective J.P. Beaumont, a veteran Seattle Police Department detective, goes for vacation to have some downtime. As he walks on the beach in Washington, he hears the screams of a woman – a beautiful blonde woman. At her feet, lies the body of her friend and colleague. When he goes to find out what’s happening and offer solace to the beautiful but distressed lady, he discovers that the dead man has been murdered and that the corpse and the lady are both members of the State Parole Board.

A deadly mixture of passion and politics soon turns Beaumont’s restful vacation into a nightmare, leading him into the path of a terrifying killer whose lust for blood is fast becoming an obsession.

When Does The Next J.A. Jance book come out?

The next book by J.A. Jance is Nothing to Lose and will be released on February, 22nd 2022. It is the newest book in the J.P. Beaumont Series.


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