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Publication Order of J.P. Beaumont Books

Until Proven Guilty (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Injustice For All (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial by Fury (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Fifth (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Improbable Cause (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A More Perfect Union (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismissed with Prejudice (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minor in Possession (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Payment In Kind (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Without Due Process (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Failure to Appear (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lying in Wait (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Name Withheld (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breach Of Duty (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds of Prey (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partner in Crime (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Time Gone (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice Denied (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire and Ice (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayal of Trust (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Watch (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ring In the Dead (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stand Down (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dance of the Bones (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Dead (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Proof of Life (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sins of the Fathers (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing to Lose (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Den of Iniquity (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Joanna Brady Books

Desert Heat (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tombstone Courage (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoot Don't Shoot (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead to Rights (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeleton Canyon (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rattlesnake Crossing (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outlaw Mountain (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Claw (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradise Lost (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partner in Crime (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit Wounds (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Wrong (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damage Control (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire and Ice (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judgment Call (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Blue Line (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remains of Innocence (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Honor Among Thieves (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Random Acts (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Downfall (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Bones (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missing and Endangered (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blessing of the Lost Girls (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ali Reynolds Books

Edge of Evil (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Web of Evil (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hand of Evil (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cruel Intent (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial by Fire (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatal Error (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Left for Dead (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Stakes (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moving Target (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Last Goodbye (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Betrayal (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Honor Among Thieves (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clawback (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Random Acts (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man Overboard (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duel to the Death (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The A List (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Veil (With: Eric Van Lustbader) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Credible Threat (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unfinished Business (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collateral Damage (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Walker Family Mysteries Books

Hour of the Hunter (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss of the Bees (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Dead (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of the Night (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dance of the Bones (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blessing of the Lost Girls (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

After the Fire (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Midnight Louie Books

Catnap / Cat in an Alphabet Soup (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pussyfoot / Cat in an Aqua Storm (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat On A Blue Monday (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Crimson Haze (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat with an Emerald Eye (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Flamingo Fedora (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Golden Garland (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (With: Carole Nelson Douglas,Nancy Pickard,Toni L.P. Kelner,Lilian Jackson Braun,Walter J. Stutzman) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Indigo Mood (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Kiwi Con (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Leopard Spot (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Midnight Choir (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Neon Nightmare (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Louie In Something Fishy (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Orange Twist (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Red Hot Rage (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Sapphire Slipper (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Topaz Tango (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fruit of the Tomb (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a White Tie and Tails (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Alien X-Ray (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Yellow Spotlight (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Alphabet Endgame (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
If you are reading the Midnight Louie series in chronological order, you will want to read the Cat and a Playing Card series prior to the Midnight Louie series. However, this is not required.

Publication Order of The MatchUp Collection Books

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

Partners in Crime(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crafty Cat Crimes(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Came the Phoenix(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bark M For Murder(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deadly Bride and 19 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writer in the Library: 41 Writers Reveal How They Use Libraries to Develop Their Skill, Craft & Careers(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suspense Magazine January 2010(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Rest for the Dead(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
MatchUp(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
An American author of mystery and thriller novels, the writer J. A. Jance is highly regarded for her various contributions to the genre over the years. Known as Judith Ann Jance, she is seen as one of the leading figures currently working within her field, as she has produced a number of notable works over the entire course of her career. Combining both character and story, she is well known for her ability in combining character with story, whilst keeping the reader engaged and guessing throughout.

Born in 1944 on the 27th of October, Judith Ann Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota in the United States of America. Later she was raised in Bisbee in Arizona, a setting which would come to form the basis of many of her books in the years to come. Over the years she would harbor a strong love for both reading and writing, taking in much from the world around her, formulating many of her ideas to follow.

Attending the University of Arizona where she graduated from, she would focus herself on her craft with a serious sense of dedication. This would allow her to progress throughout the years in both style and tone, as she would gain the tools that she needed whilst studying. Over the course of these years she would also gain a vast amount of material to put into her work as well, shaping and refining it gradually and consistently.

Prior to becoming an author she would work as a school librarian upon a Native American reservation called Tohono O’Odham. After this she would go on to work as a teacher, before later becoming an insurance agent, leading on to her finally becoming a full-time author. It was all this experience though that would help shape her writing career today, allowing her to become the highly versatile novelist that she now is.

Living between Arizona and Seattle for different parts of each year, she still currently writes to this present day. Using her initials as her pen-name, she was advised not to give away her gender by her publisher who felt that readers might not appreciate a male detective story being written by a woman. This has become more open over the years though, as she has garnered critical and commercial success in equal measure, something which will continue for many years to come.

Starting out in 1985, she would bring out her first book titled ‘Until Proven Guilty’, which is title that would bring her to the attention of the public at large. This would also mark the first in the long-running J P Beaumont series of novels featuring the eponymous detective of the same name. Following his career over the course of the books, these novels would become the titles for which she’d probably be most famous for.

Taking up the majority of her backlog of work, the J P Beaumont is one of most successful and critically acclaimed series to date. Along with that, she has also produced a number of other highly popular detective series, such as the Brandon Walker franchise, along with the Joanna Brady and Alison Reynolds series too. These would all run for extended periods of time too, as she would go on to become a highly accomplished author of modern detective fiction.

Writing under a pen-name for the majority of her writing career, she is largely known by her initials, which was originally done in order to hide her gender. As her name has advanced with her reputation, along with progress being made, this has changed in recent years. With her brand now being a household name, she has become a commercial success worldwide, as well as a critical one.

Raising over $250,000 in the past, Judith Ann Jance has made a lot of money for various charities over the course of her career. This is done through book-signings which not only help her to raise money, but also build her name as an author too. Establishing a strong reputation, she has managed to effectively craft herself a career that is the envy of many an up-and-coming writer.

With a lot more to come, Jance doesn’t show any signs of stopping any time soon, as she maintains a strong profile within and throughout the literary community. Helping charities as well, she has requested that many book-stores donate a percentage of their earnings to charity during her book signings. This has lead to her becoming a much loved figure throughout the industry, as her legacy grows from strength-to-strength, on into the foreseeable future.

Cruel Intent Brought out through ‘Touchstone Books’ in 2008 on the 2nd of December, this was the fourth in the series of ‘Ali Reynolds’ novels. Following on in much the same vein as before, this sought to recapture the style and tone of the previous novels. Along with this it also provides a number of twists and turn, as well as developing the central character of Ali Reynolds herself. There’s a dating site called ‘’ which seems innocent on the surface, but has a dangerous killer lurking underneath.

That’s when the forty-something e-newscaster and amateur sleuth Ali Reynolds steps onto the scene after a murder takes place involving the construction of her new home. Looking to prove her contractor Bryan’s innocence, she then takes it upon herself to clear his name and find the real killer. Will she find them? Can she stop them before they kill again? Who has cruel intent? Judgement Call Released through the Harper publishing label this was first brought out in 2012 to an already eager audience.

Marking the fifteenth title in the ongoing ‘Joanna Brady’ series of novels, this follows on from the previous books in the franchise. With many ideas from before it also makes some interesting developments of its own, making its own unique and interesting mark on the overall series. After the daughter of officer Joanna Brady uncovers the body of her school principle in the desert, a murder investigation is set underway.

Soon, though, it gradually transpires that her daughter may be more culpable in the murder than she initially thought or hoped. Separating her love for her daughter from her duty to upholding the law is harder than Brady could ever have imagined. Who really is guilty? Is Joanna Brady compromised? Can she make an effective judgement call??

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6 Responses to “J.A. Jance”

  1. Margaret: 8 months ago

    I have read and enjoyed many of JA Jance books. Love both Brady series and Beaumont series. Thank you for the hours of enjoyment.

  2. Helen J Greig: 1 year ago

    I am having vision problems so listen to recorded books dàily. Love the J.A. Jance books but very sad that I hàve come to the end of the list. Whatever will I do now?

    • PattieK: 11 months ago

      If you enjoy J.A. Jance books, you should try Micheal Connelly. His Bosch series is good as well as the Micky Haller and Renee Ballard series.

  3. kathy ferguson: 2 years ago

    I’ve read and loved every book she has written and wait impatiently for each new one!

  4. Kerry: 2 years ago

    I would like you to know Ms Jance that I have been reading all the JP Beaumont books in order. Love him, love him. He is so human with faults, warts and all. I also especially enjoy Gene Engene thoroughly as the narrator. Thank you for keeping him throughout the series. Thank you, thank you.

  5. survivor: 6 years ago

    Re: JA Jance = attended a lecture by this author in Avalon NJ tonight -delightful -but she never answered the question of how she sold her first novel at 38. I was interested in the process, rejection letters, edit woes, etc. I was struck by what a kind woman she appears to be. Maybe, a longtime friend from college you meet up with occasionally over the years, and realize you still like each other. Nice evening.


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