Arts & Leisure

damage_control-med.jpg"It's a suspensful adventure and a gruesome discovery that await Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady as the subsiding rains of an ominous thunderstorm expose an elderly couple that drive off a cliff in Coronado National Monument and reveal two trash bags with human remains ..." This is from the latest novel by part-time Seattle writer J.A. Jance, Damage Control, the 13th Joanna Brady mystery.

damage_control-med.jpg"It's a suspensful adventure and a gruesome discovery that await Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady as the subsiding rains of an ominous thunderstorm expose an elderly couple that drive off a cliff in Coronado National Monument and reveal two trash bags with human remains ..." This is from the latest novel by part-time Seattle writer J.A. Jance, Damage Control, the 13 Joanna Brady mystery. 

The story: On a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument, an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain and into oblivion. The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and to make matters worse, a thunderstorm is looming on the horizon.

It's just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady.

Back at home, Joanna has a newborn baby, a teenage daughter, a writer husband, and a difficult mother to deal with. But in the field, it turns out that she has much more on her hands. The remains are those of a handicapped woman who had wandered away from a care facility with a suspicious track record. Another resident, with whom the woman may have been involved, has also been reported missing.

Meanwhile, a note is found in the glove compartment of the car lying twisted down the mountainside, stating that its occupants intended to take their own lives. Yet a contradictory autopsy report surfaces, and when the deceased's two daughters show up to feud over their inheritance, Joanna knows there is more to this case than just a suicide pact.

And she will go all out to find the truth—no matter where it leads.

Shop Local: Order Damage Control, priced at around $20, through Anacortes-based northwest-books.com or find it at Watermark Books in downtown Anacortes.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

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