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“J.A. Jance is among the best—if not the best.” —Chattanooga Times In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of “J.A. Jance is among the best—if not the best.” —Chattanooga Times In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of the Night is a chilling tale of murder past and present that connects and devastates three separate families.


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“J.A. Jance is among the best—if not the best.” —Chattanooga Times In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of “J.A. Jance is among the best—if not the best.” —Chattanooga Times In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of the Night is a chilling tale of murder past and present that connects and devastates three separate families.

30 review for Queen of the Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense is the fourth in the Walker family series. This series has always struck me as a bit darker and grittier than Jance's other series, but with Queen of the Night she seems to have written a more intricate suspense novel that takes the focus off of the evil deeds of the bad guys and places it on the connections between characters. The resultant beauty in those connections and the blessings that can come out of tragic events and circumstances is a major focus Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense is the fourth in the Walker family series. This series has always struck me as a bit darker and grittier than Jance's other series, but with Queen of the Night she seems to have written a more intricate suspense novel that takes the focus off of the evil deeds of the bad guys and places it on the connections between characters. The resultant beauty in those connections and the blessings that can come out of tragic events and circumstances is a major focus in this book. The complex character relationships could have been difficult to follow, but Jance's story flowed exceptionally well and made those connections effortless to follow. The relational aspect of the book also had an extraordinary symmetry to it -- rather like the "circle of life" concept. There was a lyricism to this story that I haven't fully experienced in Jance's other works and, I think, makes this one shine above the rest. For those, like me, who have grown up in the Southwest there is plenty of regional atmosphere. The desert flora is represented by the Night-blooming Cereus which blooms once a year and has symbolic significance to the Tohono O'oodham people. Jance also weaves into her own story some of the legends of the Tohono O'oodham people (Desert People). This is, hands down, the best J.A. Jance novel I have ever read. Get it. Read it. Really.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shomeret

    This is the first book I've read by J. A. Jance. Queen of the Night is actually #4 in a series, but reading out of order never dismays me. I believe that books ought to stand on their own. If they don't, it's not my responsibility to remedy the situation by reading other books. I will only read more books by the author if I am hooked by the first one I tried. That's why I'm so careful about my choice of first read by an author. The Queen of the Night has a story line that deals with the legends This is the first book I've read by J. A. Jance. Queen of the Night is actually #4 in a series, but reading out of order never dismays me. I believe that books ought to stand on their own. If they don't, it's not my responsibility to remedy the situation by reading other books. I will only read more books by the author if I am hooked by the first one I tried. That's why I'm so careful about my choice of first read by an author. The Queen of the Night has a story line that deals with the legends and customs of the Tohono O'odham of Arizona. I tend to like mysteries and thrillers that involve Native American background. I definitely knew that I'd come to the right place when I saw that Jance had dedicated the book to Tony Hillerman. I do feel that Jance reached deep for the full humanity of all the prominent characters including the serial killer. I don't mean that they were all sympathetic, but I understood where they were coming from. We saw the heart of some of the relationships depicted in this novel. The relationship between Diana Ladd and Brandon Walker was particularly moving. This was a strong book that also taught me a bit about the Tohono O'odham. I will definitely want to read another book in this series soon. For my complete review see http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Find Diane Walker working on her latest book and retired Brandon Walker trying to stay busy with TLC (The Last Chance). Spending most of his time going back and forth between ailing fellow TLC detective and longtime friend trying to find the answers to a very old case and his wife who seems to be having some struggles of her own. The newest of the murder rampages falls to Brian Fellows to look at with the help of the border patrol officer (Dan Pardee) that found the bodies. The four bodies were Find Diane Walker working on her latest book and retired Brandon Walker trying to stay busy with TLC (The Last Chance). Spending most of his time going back and forth between ailing fellow TLC detective and longtime friend trying to find the answers to a very old case and his wife who seems to be having some struggles of her own. The newest of the murder rampages falls to Brian Fellows to look at with the help of the border patrol officer (Dan Pardee) that found the bodies. The four bodies were found on the Tohono O’odham Nation land, when the next of kin notifications were made, the death count went up by three more. Leaving only a small child behind as a witness, Dr. Lani Walker, with the help of Dan Pardee, kept the child in the Hospital for safety. Tracking and catching this killer before he realizes that he left any witnesses might be more dangerous than any of them realize. Book 4 ….. I received this as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. When I realized that it was actually the forth (4th) book of the series, I decided that it would possibly be best to read the first three (3) of the series before I read this one so that I could understand the story line a little better. I was right to do that, I felt that if I had just read this story as a stand alone I would have not been able to follow all of the characters as well (there was a lot of characters in this one), most were reoccurring from the previous books. The bouncing back and forth between stories and years and places was a little confusing at times, but the main story line covered only a couple of days in early June 2009. Enjoyed the side story of Brandon and Diane, this did have the feel of the last of them, kind of a conclusion. I suppose if JA Jance wanted to continue this particular type of series, she could follow Lani, Brian and Dan. I never did figure out why the temperature was so important that it had a title type position with the places, dates and times, but it does help show how the desert can be different times of the day. I like reading about Tucson (I lived there for a long time) and this series has been an interesting way to remember the city.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    This book started off way too slow for me. There were multiple character stories being introduced quickly in short segments that were not chronological. I felt like I needed to take notes on the dates, times, locations, and temperatures that headed off each segment. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters or their stories at first. Eventually, things picked up, some of the threads started weaving together, and finally the plot moved more smoothly. There is one main thread that lin This book started off way too slow for me. There were multiple character stories being introduced quickly in short segments that were not chronological. I felt like I needed to take notes on the dates, times, locations, and temperatures that headed off each segment. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters or their stories at first. Eventually, things picked up, some of the threads started weaving together, and finally the plot moved more smoothly. There is one main thread that links some of the characters, and another few threads that didn't feel relevant to the main story. I was disappointed with the way the lesser threads were tied off. I'm only giving it two stars because it took so long to get going and was more crowded than interesting and complicated.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    Another great book by JA Jance! Unlike her other two suspense series, I wouldn't classify "Queen of the Night" as completely falling into the suspense category. I classify this one more as half suspense and half family drama. Besides the suspense of her other crime series, the Walker Family series shows a lot more of the family dynamics at work with the main characters of the book. I also enjoy reading about the Tohono O'odham culture. Another great book by JA Jance! Unlike her other two suspense series, I wouldn't classify "Queen of the Night" as completely falling into the suspense category. I classify this one more as half suspense and half family drama. Besides the suspense of her other crime series, the Walker Family series shows a lot more of the family dynamics at work with the main characters of the book. I also enjoy reading about the Tohono O'odham culture.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    I have previously read some novels by J.A. Jance and liked them, so I thought this would be a good one! And the 'Queen of the Night' is actually a good premise upon which to write a book, a flower that blooms once a year, at its own whim. But the characters were too many, too confusing, too uninteresting - and the murders to be solved were too obvious and ordinary - no real excitement. So I read the whole book, but would not give it a rounding endorsement. I have previously read some novels by J.A. Jance and liked them, so I thought this would be a good one! And the 'Queen of the Night' is actually a good premise upon which to write a book, a flower that blooms once a year, at its own whim. But the characters were too many, too confusing, too uninteresting - and the murders to be solved were too obvious and ordinary - no real excitement. So I read the whole book, but would not give it a rounding endorsement.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I usually enjoy JA Jance’s books more, this one seemed confusing with flashbacks every other page. 4 people are found dead in the wilderness with only a 4 year old left alive as a wittnes. Dr Lani Walker and dan pardee an Iraq war veteran come to the rescue. Lani had a horrible childhood and she sees that reflected in the child. Truly horrific crime is uncovered.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Holden

    This is my first Jance novel. I know she's a well received author who has garnered a lot of acclaim. I like a lot of the aspects of this novel. This is very character driven, and it tells a story of how a senseless crime can affect a lot of people. I feel the character element in this one is very strong. That being said, the characters are plentiful, with some building off previous novels. This one can stand alone, but I do feel a lot of attention must be paid to the backstory built in the early This is my first Jance novel. I know she's a well received author who has garnered a lot of acclaim. I like a lot of the aspects of this novel. This is very character driven, and it tells a story of how a senseless crime can affect a lot of people. I feel the character element in this one is very strong. That being said, the characters are plentiful, with some building off previous novels. This one can stand alone, but I do feel a lot of attention must be paid to the backstory built in the early going. There are a lot of plots and subplots that the reader must follow to the climax of this one. In the end, I like the story told about the interconnectedness of actions and violence, across cultures. It's difficult to connect all of the dots, but I do feel I enjoyed this enough to check out more of Jance's work in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is Ms. Jance's best work yet. She has picked up the torch dropped with the death of Tony Hillerman. She successfully weaves a story of the Night Blooming Cereus (Queen of the Night) from an ancient Apache legend into a modern day crime spree. The settings are realistically portrayed, the characters developed thoroughly, the dialogue believable. However, as impressed as I was with the story, I don't think 93 degrees Fahrenheit is high enough to get concerned with. I also had a problem with th This is Ms. Jance's best work yet. She has picked up the torch dropped with the death of Tony Hillerman. She successfully weaves a story of the Night Blooming Cereus (Queen of the Night) from an ancient Apache legend into a modern day crime spree. The settings are realistically portrayed, the characters developed thoroughly, the dialogue believable. However, as impressed as I was with the story, I don't think 93 degrees Fahrenheit is high enough to get concerned with. I also had a problem with the table being set all afternoon in the desert for a picnic. I think there would be enough grit on them to remove the finish. Two small complaints in an excellent read. Real suspense and drama. I really liked the parallel stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    Great suspense in this story made up of murders from the past and present! I love the way she builds up to the present-day crime by taking us through the actions of those involved in the hours leading up to it, once again giving us terrific character development. The final pages keep you glued to the book. I'm so glad I stuck with this series. I didn't really care for the first two books, but the subsequent ones have been well worth the wait! Great suspense in this story made up of murders from the past and present! I love the way she builds up to the present-day crime by taking us through the actions of those involved in the hours leading up to it, once again giving us terrific character development. The final pages keep you glued to the book. I'm so glad I stuck with this series. I didn't really care for the first two books, but the subsequent ones have been well worth the wait!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Penny Evenson

    In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of the Night is a chilling tale of murder past and present that connects and devastates three separate families. This was a great book - very interesting about the Queen of the Night plant in Ar In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of the Night is a chilling tale of murder past and present that connects and devastates three separate families. This was a great book - very interesting about the Queen of the Night plant in Arizona!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I did enjoy this book . This is the second book, I have read about the Tohono O' odham people. I would love to see the Queen of the Night. !! I did enjoy this book . This is the second book, I have read about the Tohono O' odham people. I would love to see the Queen of the Night. !!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lois Kosco

    I loved this whole series. So sad it’s over.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I normally love J A Jance's books but this one just didn't capture me. The characters didn't grab me - neither did the story line. DNF I normally love J A Jance's books but this one just didn't capture me. The characters didn't grab me - neither did the story line. DNF

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This is the fourth installment of J. A. Jance’s Walker Family series. This may be my favorite Jance book to date. It has all of what has become a trademark of this series; a moderate build-up with a fast-paced climactic ending, great story telling, mixing of Papago mythology and culture and great character development. The start of this story was unique in that three different crimes that happened decades apart are eventually intertwined and become related and relevant to the main focus of the boo This is the fourth installment of J. A. Jance’s Walker Family series. This may be my favorite Jance book to date. It has all of what has become a trademark of this series; a moderate build-up with a fast-paced climactic ending, great story telling, mixing of Papago mythology and culture and great character development. The start of this story was unique in that three different crimes that happened decades apart are eventually intertwined and become related and relevant to the main focus of the book. This weaving carried through to the warp-speed development of the main characters. While Jance uses a somewhat moderate chronology in her other series, it’s not uncommon for decade time spans to elapse between Walker novels. Within this one book, some chapters skip through six-month time frames. A lot happens to the characters in this book. Finishing the book, I have the distinct feeling this may be the end of the Walker series. From the start of the series four volumes ago, the reader has covered 30 to 40 years of the characters’ lives. Brandon and Diana are now in their 70’s and the events of this book simply don’t leave much more room for growth. However, given the past time jumps, it’s possible the series could pick up with some of the newly introduced child characters. This book ends in 2010 however, so this would require Jance to venture into science fiction or fantasy. I’ve really enjoyed the style Jance developed in this series and I’ve become attached to the characters. I hope the author will consider continuing this series if there’s any reasonable way to do so.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Well, written, and it made me sweat!!! I lived in Arizona for 1 1/2 years and worked in the heat, I could feel it. I do not normally read murder mysteries except for the Winspear Daisie Dobbs series. I thoroughly enjoyed her characters but it really bothers me that these murders actually do go on and I can only hope that no one is inspired by reading methods our talented writers think of. Strange line of thoughts I know, but I was married to a policeman and came to believe that people with troub Well, written, and it made me sweat!!! I lived in Arizona for 1 1/2 years and worked in the heat, I could feel it. I do not normally read murder mysteries except for the Winspear Daisie Dobbs series. I thoroughly enjoyed her characters but it really bothers me that these murders actually do go on and I can only hope that no one is inspired by reading methods our talented writers think of. Strange line of thoughts I know, but I was married to a policeman and came to believe that people with troubled minds feed on what they read and see in movies or on TV. Back to the story line. Well, thought out and completely feasible, it kept me emotionally involved. Oh, yes, the reason I read it was because of the description on the inside flap and online. I love Arizona from one end the other and the desert has a beauty all it's own. I wish I had known about the Queen of the Night while I was there.

  17. 5 out of 5

    kaoyler

    This is my first J. A. Jance book, and I have to say I was quite impressed. It won't be my last. I went to her website and was delighted by her comments about the books she's written. I thought if her books were as clever I'd been missing out on something. I was right. This is the fourth in her Walker series, but she was able to catch me up so that I didn't feel left out. There are a lot of characters but she manages to pull everything together at the end. I want to go back and catch up with som This is my first J. A. Jance book, and I have to say I was quite impressed. It won't be my last. I went to her website and was delighted by her comments about the books she's written. I thought if her books were as clever I'd been missing out on something. I was right. This is the fourth in her Walker series, but she was able to catch me up so that I didn't feel left out. There are a lot of characters but she manages to pull everything together at the end. I want to go back and catch up with some of the characters and really hope she plans to continue on with others. She also did a great job of capturing Arizona. I won't go into the plot except to say there are murders and they end up pulling in the characters. I also have this on audiobook and loved listening to Gregory Itzin. I listened until I couldn't stand it, then picked up the book because I can always read faster.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sanae

    I have developed feelings in characters of Walker series. Are people born evil or something happens to us which kills all kindness, compassion and love out of our mind? It is always difficult to do the right thing when we don't know what the right thing is. Like the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I hope Brian will come out with disabilities & start new series. I have developed feelings in characters of Walker series. Are people born evil or something happens to us which kills all kindness, compassion and love out of our mind? It is always difficult to do the right thing when we don't know what the right thing is. Like the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I hope Brian will come out with disabilities & start new series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This series by Jance is surpassing the JP Beaumont series in personal popularity...the characters have grown on me and as always Jance can turn out a great yarn...It possibly has a lot to do with the family values that permeate it's entire length...FUN, FUN, FUN!!! This series by Jance is surpassing the JP Beaumont series in personal popularity...the characters have grown on me and as always Jance can turn out a great yarn...It possibly has a lot to do with the family values that permeate it's entire length...FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tomatolover

    I enjoyed this book. I really like this author. Sorry, so details on the book, but I love the characters and story lines,

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nina Chambers

    4th in a series I had not read, but totally stands alone, & based in the Tucson area near Tohono O’odham & Apache reservations. The Oro Valley Tohono Chul (desert corner) botanical park* figures into the plot, as does night-blooming cereus/staghorn cactus blooms. (Was actually reading this while there was indeed a Night bloom watch ongoing @Tohono Chul 2018–late June!!) The plot masterfully weaves in cultural pieces from two local Induan nations in contempirary context à la Hillerman, etc. *An in 4th in a series I had not read, but totally stands alone, & based in the Tucson area near Tohono O’odham & Apache reservations. The Oro Valley Tohono Chul (desert corner) botanical park* figures into the plot, as does night-blooming cereus/staghorn cactus blooms. (Was actually reading this while there was indeed a Night bloom watch ongoing @Tohono Chul 2018–late June!!) The plot masterfully weaves in cultural pieces from two local Induan nations in contempirary context à la Hillerman, etc. *An interesting timeline of Tohono Chul botanical park that preserves 49 acres of Sonoran desert in an area of burgeoning development along the Sta Catalinas... runs along the bottom of several pages of the booklet linked below. Thank you to the foresight of those who sought to save as much as possible of this amazing desert 🌵 for posterity. 🎉 http://tohonochulpark.org/wp-content/...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    When I first started this series I wasn't sure if I would like it. It is very different from the author's other series. But now that I'm almost done with the series I find that I am really invested in the characters and have enjoyed getting to know them. Ms. Jance starts each book with several different story lines and then works to weave several compelling tales into one intricate story involving all of the characters. There is usually one central villain who we are introduced to in the beginni When I first started this series I wasn't sure if I would like it. It is very different from the author's other series. But now that I'm almost done with the series I find that I am really invested in the characters and have enjoyed getting to know them. Ms. Jance starts each book with several different story lines and then works to weave several compelling tales into one intricate story involving all of the characters. There is usually one central villain who we are introduced to in the beginning. There is no mystery here. The reader witnesses the heinous crimes and then gets a front row seat to all the drama and action involved in catching him. This series is also has a Native American theme woven throughout which I found interesting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    Being at the wrong place at the wrong time can be catastrophic. Stumbling on the wrong scene at the right time can change your life forever. This book is billed as a multi-layered thriller and I can attest to that fact. It begins in California, where a man slaughters his entire family, and the family dog who rips into his hand trying to save its master. Then the murderer drives to Tucson, Arizona where he stakes out his mother and step-father, carefully learning their moves. This all takes place Being at the wrong place at the wrong time can be catastrophic. Stumbling on the wrong scene at the right time can change your life forever. This book is billed as a multi-layered thriller and I can attest to that fact. It begins in California, where a man slaughters his entire family, and the family dog who rips into his hand trying to save its master. Then the murderer drives to Tucson, Arizona where he stakes out his mother and step-father, carefully learning their moves. This all takes place as the Tohono O’odhan Nation sets about its task to celebrate the Queen of the Night, a flower which blooms only during the night, once a year. Dan Parde, with half Apache, Half white ancestry seemed never to fit in until he became part of the Shadow Wolves Border Patrol; stumbles on the gruesome murder of the mother and step-father and an innocent couple who had simply stopped by to view an ancient cactus in the midst of the desert, with hundreds of blooms. He also finds a solitary survivor a 4 year-old girl who remained silent so as not to be seen. This leads Dan to his meeting with Dr. Lani Walker at the Indian Hospital and to meeting and being accepted by people he never thought would accept him. But, that is only one story line, to learn about the several other story lines, just grab the book and start reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    janis louthis

    Extra good! Me Jance's novels continue to get better and better. This book could well be my favorite. It's a good mystery, it has terrific characters and it's complicated. All the most important ingredients necessary. I wish I hadn't read it so fast because I want it to still be going on. However, it was so good that I couldn't stop reading! I want more! Thank you for writing such wonderful books! I have read all of her books, as far as I know and I hope she keeps writing for many more years. I a Extra good! Me Jance's novels continue to get better and better. This book could well be my favorite. It's a good mystery, it has terrific characters and it's complicated. All the most important ingredients necessary. I wish I hadn't read it so fast because I want it to still be going on. However, it was so good that I couldn't stop reading! I want more! Thank you for writing such wonderful books! I have read all of her books, as far as I know and I hope she keeps writing for many more years. I am from Arizona, so I'm familiar with all the locations and many of the legends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dolores

    This was a quick read and very good. Because some of the characters are Indian, there are some native stories that tie in with the mystery. That was interesting. Queen of the night is an Arizona flower that blooms only one night a year. Abby and her husband went to see one of the flowers when a man with a gun killed them. He also murders a young couple who was there for the same reason. What he didn't bargain for was the young couple's four year old daughter was in hiding. Dan Pardee, a Border P This was a quick read and very good. Because some of the characters are Indian, there are some native stories that tie in with the mystery. That was interesting. Queen of the night is an Arizona flower that blooms only one night a year. Abby and her husband went to see one of the flowers when a man with a gun killed them. He also murders a young couple who was there for the same reason. What he didn't bargain for was the young couple's four year old daughter was in hiding. Dan Pardee, a Border Patrol officer and Apache, was on patrol that night. It was he and his dog who came upon the scene.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Since I haven't read the three previous Walker Family books, it me took a bit of time at first to keep all of the characters straight, but it soon began to tie together. The title refers to a desert plant that only blooms once a year, at night, with white, showy and nicely scented flowers! By daybreak, the flowers are already wilting and if you missed the show you will have to wait for another year for another chance! So this occasion is the backdrop of a horrific mass murder site that the detec Since I haven't read the three previous Walker Family books, it me took a bit of time at first to keep all of the characters straight, but it soon began to tie together. The title refers to a desert plant that only blooms once a year, at night, with white, showy and nicely scented flowers! By daybreak, the flowers are already wilting and if you missed the show you will have to wait for another year for another chance! So this occasion is the backdrop of a horrific mass murder site that the detectives have to figure out what happened, with very few leads. The ending comes together in a very satisfying fashion, in my estimation.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    There are a LOT of people in this book and lots of translations to keep up with. It might be a writer's trick to slow down the reader, to put the pace of the story more in line with the pace of these people. Eventually, I did enjoy the story, but really struggled with the volume of names. Also, every small grouping of people represented another narrator to the story, so swapping times and viewpoints got tiring. The setting was in and around Tucson in the middle of the summer. Maybe I was suppose There are a LOT of people in this book and lots of translations to keep up with. It might be a writer's trick to slow down the reader, to put the pace of the story more in line with the pace of these people. Eventually, I did enjoy the story, but really struggled with the volume of names. Also, every small grouping of people represented another narrator to the story, so swapping times and viewpoints got tiring. The setting was in and around Tucson in the middle of the summer. Maybe I was supposed to be tired...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raoul Jerome

    OK read. It took me forever to figure out who was who. It finally straightened out for me in the last few chapters, but it took a long time. Although Jance is one of my favorite authors, this will not be one of my favorite series...too disjunct, too many characters across to broad a time frame. This is the first of the Walker Family books and I will try at least a couple more to see if I can get into the swing of things.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Huey

    Take a desert flower that blooms once a year, add in members of one of the Native American nations currently residing in Arizona, and readers get a fascinating backdrop for a matricide that goes awry. This book that is labeled #4 in the Walker Family storyline makes me want to find the earlier three books to see how this family got to where they were in this episode of their lives.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A bit of a tough one but worth it I’ve been waiting for another Walker family mystery for what seem like years. This one was a bit tough with all the backstories and the confusion brought on with incorporating so many characters, but still well worth it. I’m hoping for more from this family in the future.

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