Joanna Brady

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Joanna Brady is the protagonist of a series of mystery novels by author J. A. Jance, centered on the small desert town of Bisbee, Arizona.[1]

Joanna starts out as the mother of nine-year-old Jenny and the wife of Andy Brady, who runs for Sheriff of Cochise County but gets murdered before the election and is then accused of having been dirty. Joanna runs in his stead, clears his name, and wins the election to become Sheriff, even though she does not have much background in upholding the law. On the one hand, many of the community are not used to having a woman be in a position of power, which makes her job as Sheriff somewhat more difficult, but, on the other hand, her relative independence from the old-boys network of local law enforcement makes it easier for her to clean house there as needed.


Joanna Brady appears in the following novels:


  1. ^ J A Jance Internet Booklist. Retrieved March 2011