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

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

Order of Joanna Brady Series

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

Order of Ali Reynolds Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Edge of Evil 2005 Description / Buy
2 Web of Evil 2007 Description / Buy
3 Hand of Evil 2007 Description / Buy
4 Cruel Intent 2008 Description / Buy
5 Trial by Fire 2009 Description / Buy
6 Fatal Error 2011 Description / Buy
7 Left for Dead 2012 Description / Buy
8 Deadly Stakes 2013 Description / Buy
9 Moving Target 2014 Description / Buy
10 A Last Goodbye 2014 Description / Buy
11 Cold Betrayal 2015 Description / Buy
12 No Honor Among Thieves 2015 Description / Buy
13 Clawback 2016 Description / Buy
14 Random Acts (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
15 Man Overboard 2017 Description / Buy
16 Duel to the Death 2018 Description / Buy
17 The A List 2019 Description / Buy
18 Taking the Veil (Short Story) ( With: Eric Van Lustbader) 2019 Description / Buy
19 Credible Threat 2020 Description / Buy
20 Unfinished Business 2021 Description / Buy
21 Collateral Damage 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Walker Family Mysteries Series

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

Order of J.A. Jance Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 After the Fire 1984 Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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

Order of The MatchUp Collection Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Honor & ... ( By: C.J. Box, Sandra Brown) 2017 Description / Buy
2 Deserves to Be Dead (Short Story) ( By: John Sandford, Lisa Jackson) 2017 Description / Buy
3 Getaway (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Scottoline, Nelson DeMille) 2017 Description / Buy
4 Midnight Flame (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Rice, Lara Adrian) 2018 Description / Buy
5 Short Story (Short Story) ( By: Karin Slaughter, Michael Koryta) 2019 Description / Buy
6 Past Prologue ( By: Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry) 2019 Description / Buy
7 Faking a Murderer ( By: Lee Child, Kathy Reichs) 2019 Description / Buy
8 Dig Here (Short Story) ( By: Charlaine Harris, Andrew Gross) 2019 Description / Buy
9 Taking the Veil (Short Story) ( With: Eric Van Lustbader) 2019 Description / Buy
10 Rambo on Their Minds (Short Story) ( By: Gayle Lynds, David Morrell) 2019 Description / Buy
11 Footloose (Short Story) ( By: Val McDermid, Peter James) 2019 Description / Buy

J.A. Jance Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Partners in Crime 1994 Description / Buy
2 Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives 1998 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
4 Naked Came the Phoenix 2001 Description / Buy
5 Bark M For Murder 2006 Description / Buy
6 No Rest for the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
7 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold 2014 Description / Buy
8 MatchUp 2017 Description / 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 Collateral Damage and will be released on March, 14th 2023. It is the newest book in the Ali Reynolds Series.


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