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!Free ⚒ Day of the Dead ♱ The Walker family survived the atrocities perpetrated by a serial killer and his crazed acolyte in both Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees But can they escape the vengeance of a new killer or killers whose sights have been set on their precious daughter, Lani Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico told they re traveling to a loving adoptive family in southern Arizona, their hopes are high But the fate that waits for them is truly horrifying when death comes, it will be a blessingFormer Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperately misses the action and sense of usefulness from days gone by When he s invited to join the Last Chance Club to review and attempt to solve long cold cases, he little imagines the first case to cross his path will be one he may have botched back when he was sheriff And when the case from all those decades past becomes entangled with a current murder, it seems a serial killer with a very long and shocking track record may be back in business This book was amazing and action packed Gayle Striker is the most evil woman you ll ever meet Brandon Walker is a awesome Detective and proves himself evenin this book Full of twists, turns, and shocking events I enjoyed the writing style of J.A Jance and the way she intertwines her stories of each character together This was the first book I read by her and hope Queen of the Night and the newest one Judgement Call 2013 are just as compelling. This book started with some promise Brandon Walker is a former sheriff and he is now bored out of his skull having retired while his wife is still busy and often traveling, so when Brandon receives an invitation to lunch and is invited to join The Last Chance Club he accepts before lunch even arrives This is a group whose funding is provided by a woman whose daughter s murder was never solved These retired police and investigators are being asked to solve long cold cases And the premise was This book started with some promise Brandon Walker is a former sheriff and he is now bored out of his skull having retired while his wife is still busy and often traveling, so when Brandon receives an invitation to lunch and is invited to join The Last Chance Club he accepts before lunch even arrives This is a group whose funding is provided by a woman whose daughter s murder was never solved These retired police and investigators are being asked to solve long cold cases And the premise was promisingThe book derailed with too many weird far fetched scenarios Brandon s daughter having been adopted from an Indian tribe is allowed to return to the tribe so she can fast for 16 days and atone for a murder Like a sheriff father would put up with that But hey, okay, he says And there s the weird fusion of Christian Science with Indian chants for something or other.Add to that the graphic and awful detail of the torture of a young Mexican girl sent to live with a sadistic missionary doctor and his accomplice wife who on other weekends live an upscale respected doctor of the town life.The book just got to weird too fast and too gruesome From the dust jacket Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico told they re traveling to a loving adoptive family in southern Arizona But the fate that waits for them is truly horrifying Former Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperately misses the action and sense of usefulness from days gone by When he s invited to join From the dust jacket Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico told they re traveling to a loving adoptive family in southern Arizona But the fate that waits for them is truly horrifying Former Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperately misses the action and sense of usefulness from days gone by When he s invited to join the Last Chance Club to review and attempt to solve long cold cases, he little imagines the first case to cross his path will be one he may have botched back when he was sheriff And when the case from all those decades past becomes entangled with a current murder, it seems a serial killer with a very long and shocking track record may be back in business Onereason to always mark your read books in Goodreads This was my second listen to this book and I enjoyed it as much the second time as the first I enjoyed this muchthan the first two books of the series There are still horrific murders committed by totally evil villains, but it s not quite as graphically gruesome Several years have passed, though not as many as between the first and second books, and there have been many changes in the Walker family Brandon Walker is now the former sheriff working for a cold case organization, and his wife Diana is a successful author Once again, their extended family plays a major part in the I enjoyed this muchthan the first two books of the series There are still horrific murders committed by totally evil villains, but it s not quite as graphically gruesome Several years have passed, though not as many as between the first and second books, and there have been many changes in the Walker family Brandon Walker is now the former sheriff working for a cold case organization, and his wife Diana is a successful author Once again, their extended family plays a major part in the story, making for aintricate plot with many threads which eventually come together Since so much time is passing between books, obviously the author doesn t intend to stretch this series out as long as she has done with her other series That suits me fine, because even though the stories are good, I m not nearly as enad of the Walker family as I am of her Beaumont and Brady characters Couldn t get through it due to excessive torture porn Not only that, but the first quarter of the book seems to be entirely given over to backstory, and not very well written backstory Won t be picking up this author again I finished my latest audio book this morning on the way into work It was my first book ever by J.A Jance and is called, Day of the Dead I didn t know this when I picked it off the library shelves but it is the third book in a mystery series involving an Indian reservation in Arizona That happens quite a bit for me when I pick up an audio book from the libraryI don t have the ability to research to see if it is part of a series But usually, with mysteries it doesn t matter too much.JA Jan I finished my latest audio book this morning on the way into work It was my first book ever by J.A Jance and is called, Day of the Dead I didn t know this when I picked it off the library shelves but it is the third book in a mystery series involving an Indian reservation in Arizona That happens quite a bit for me when I pick up an audio book from the libraryI don t have the ability to research to see if it is part of a series But usually, with mysteries it doesn t matter too much.JA Jance, on her own website, defines the difference between a mystery novel and a thriller novel She says in a mystery, you don t know the identity of the bad guy s or whodunnit until the end and the joy is in solving the mystery In a thriller, however, the reader knows who the bad guy s is are up front, even if the main characters don t This particular novel is billed as a thriller and, indeed, we readers get to see whodunnit near the beginning so I guess it fulfills her definition In my mind though, a thriller also provides thrills and this novel just didn t do it for me.Apparently I am not alone in that opinion as most reviewers tend to classify this one as one of the lesser liked novels by JA Jance She seems to have a devoted following of fans who really love her tremendous output but they say everybody has a bad book now and then and this one is one of hers The story itself is OK and I really like the overall premise of having the TLC The Last Chance as a privately funded organization that looks into unsolved crimescold casesthat the police force just doesn t have time or resources to look into And I liked the protagonist, a retired sheriff named Brandon Walker as he takes on the case for the TLC But the balance between the mystery solving, the thriller aspects of the bad guys, and the subplots about the various members and relatives of the cold case murder victim was way to heavily weighted towards the subplots The bad guys, a husband and wife team of sexual predators perverts, seemed to me to be cardboard cutouts of a 1970s era TV show crime dramai.e very one dimensional and not at all the monsters they should have been There were a couple of scenes that were fairly graphic sexually and that seems to have turned off many of Ms Jance s devoted followers..apparently she doesn t do much of that in most of her books.I probably owe it myself to try one of her other books, in one of her other series but at this point I am not anxious to do so So many books out there and I m not getting any younger The third installment of Jance s Walker series focuses on retired Sheriff Brandon Walker The regular characters of Diana, Davy and Lani return, but only in very minor roles.In completing his first case for The Last Chance, an organization that solves cold cases through the talents of ex law enforcement personal, Brandon must identify the murderer of a small child in a homicide that happened 30 years ago As the plot develops, it becomes apparent that many unsolved cases are all inter related T The third installment of Jance s Walker series focuses on retired Sheriff Brandon Walker The regular characters of Diana, Davy and Lani return, but only in very minor roles.In completing his first case for The Last Chance, an organization that solves cold cases through the talents of ex law enforcement personal, Brandon must identify the murderer of a small child in a homicide that happened 30 years ago As the plot develops, it becomes apparent that many unsolved cases are all inter related The story enters its climactic finish when Brandon makes all of the connections that lead him to the suspect someone that s been a friend of the family for years.Keeping with the rest of this series, Jance has developed some truly evil villains The level of violence and brutality they employ far exceeds that used in her other series Fortunately, most is implied and only helps to increase the level of danger placed upon the main characters.This book continues to intertwine Papago legend and mythology into the writing, but not to the same degree as the first two books It s also interesting how this story highlighted some inconsistencies within the Tohono O odham people s beliefs From older plot lines, we know that killing is abhorred by these people If they kill another, they must undergo a 15 day purification ritual However, during the death investigation, a body must be exhumed You would imagine that there would be a taboos against dealing with a corpse, but an elderly woman delivers the corpse by hand to speed up the investigation I m really enjoying this series I hope Lani and Davy haveactive parts in future releases Based on the ending of this book, that may be a necessity I am accustomed to JA Jance s writing style and know that she can come up with some incredibly twisted stuff, but this book really pushed the envelope Never one to shy away from graphic detail, I forged on, but I must admit that I was a bit put off by some of it from time to time The plot revolves around a series of murders across several decades Teenage girls are bound and held as bdsm sex slaves by a well known philanthropist couple Once the couple tires of them, they are killed and disp I am accustomed to JA Jance s writing style and know that she can come up with some incredibly twisted stuff, but this book really pushed the envelope Never one to shy away from graphic detail, I forged on, but I must admit that I was a bit put off by some of it from time to time The plot revolves around a series of murders across several decades Teenage girls are bound and held as bdsm sex slaves by a well known philanthropist couple Once the couple tires of them, they are killed and disposed of A retired sheriff gets involved with a private organization whose goal it is to solve cold cases He slowly starts to put facts together from the past and begins to link a past murder to a recent one Soon others that occured in the interim are found to be connected as well I do enjoy a good, exciting mystery and this one was no exception The graphic descriptions of the girls torture was a bit much, but the story was still quite good I downloaded this book because I ve long been a fan of the Joanna Brady series My reaction here is quite different That doesn t mean that I don t like the book, just for different reasons and in a different way.First of all, this book did not do well as an audiobook for me There were too many characters with too many unusual names and a pair with the same name In addition, a book written in third person point of view in which the consciousness switches from one character to another, throwin I downloaded this book because I ve long been a fan of the Joanna Brady series My reaction here is quite different That doesn t mean that I don t like the book, just for different reasons and in a different way.First of all, this book did not do well as an audiobook for me There were too many characters with too many unusual names and a pair with the same name In addition, a book written in third person point of view in which the consciousness switches from one character to another, throwing in some time changes and the past thoughts of a character now dead is really confusing in an audio.That said, the book was intriguing The mix and clash of three cultures added complexity to the plot There was also a contrast between past and present The sociology student that still exists inside of me and pops out occasionally really liked this aspect of the book.The introductory note at the beginning is also not to be missed If you read the blurb describing the plot, it sounds like an action packed novel It is not There are some scenes with intense action, but much of the novel takes place in the minds of the characters Even when something active is going on, one is reminded of the tribal principal of taking events stoically and not making a public display of emotions In some ways, the book is something like ancient Greek theater the really intense action takes place off stage.Will I read other books in this series Definitely, but I do have a better idea of what to expect the next time