Another Man’s Ground
Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries #2
Minotaur Books, July 2017
From the publisher—
It starts out as an interesting little theft case. Branson, Missouri’s new Sheriff Hank Worth is called out to look at stands of trees that have been stripped of their bark, which the property owner had planned to harvest for the booming herbal supplement market. At first, Hank easily balances the demands of the investigation with his fledging political career. He was appointed several months earlier to the vacant sheriff position, but he needs to win the fast-approaching election in order to keep his job. He thinks the campaign will go well, as long as he’s able to keep secret the fact that a group of undocumented immigrants – hired to cut down the stripped trees – have fled into the forest and he’s deliberately not looking for them.
But then the discovery of a murder victim deep in the Ozark backwoods sets him in the middle of a generations-old feud that explodes into danger not only for him, but also for the immigrants, his deputies, and his family. He must rush to find a murderer before election day, and protect the vulnerable in Branson County, where politicking is hell and trespassing can get you killed.
When I discover a new—or, new to me—author and they knock my socks off, I’m always a little trepidatious that the next book will let me down, be a bit disappointing. That sad occurrence has happened more often than I like to think but, happily, I had no need to worry this time. The Branson Beauty was a wonderful book and it made my 2016 Favorite Books list; Another Man’s Ground is every bit as entertaining and Sheriff Hank Worth is still one of my best-loved smallish-town cops.
Hank is a man who loves what he does, protecting and defending others besides using his considerable intellect to solve crimes. He left the Kansas City police department in hopes of finding a more congenial place for his family and, indeed, he did but detective work is in his blood and he enjoys being Sheriff. Not so enjoyable is the campaigning he has to do for the upcoming election and looking into what he thinks is a fairly simple theft is a welcome distraction but, of course, it’s anything but simple.
Claire Booth brings the Ozarks to life and, in what I can only call a touch of love, she lets us come to know the people of this rural area as far more perceptive and quick-witted than stereotypes from the past persisting today would lead us to believe. The good folk of Branson and its environs are likeable and intelligent and its criminals have their own brand of cleverness. On the other hand, the notion of a decades-long feud is straight out of the hills and adds an element of curiosity and intrigue to what should have been, as I said, a simple theft.
With a little help from a deputy named Sheila Turley and not so much from the DEA and some US Marshals, Hank brings sanity back to Branson but it’s Guapo, a kind of ridiculous dog, who steals hearts on the campaign trail and all the townfolks together make me add this to my favorite books read in 2017. And now I’m really curious about what’s in store next time for Guapo and friends 😉
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2017.
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About the Author
Claire Booth spent more than a decade as a daily newspaper reporter, much of it covering crimes so convoluted and strange they seemed more like fiction than reality. Eventually, she had enough of the real world and decided to write novels instead. Her Sheriff Hank Worth mystery series takes place in Branson, Missouri, where small-town Ozark politics and big-city country music tourism clash in, yes, strange and convoluted ways.
For more about Claire, her books, and some of the true crimes she’s covered, please visit www.clairebooth.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
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“The second in Booth’s regional crime series … is both an
excellent police procedural and a surprisingly humorous
look at politics and family feuds.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Booth’s affectionate treatment of the decent and shrewd
people of Branson and Worth makes this a series
worth following.” – Publishers Weekly
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I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!
I would like to read this and the first book in the series. Thanks for a good review, Lelia.
I am off to look for #1 in this series.
This sounds like a great series Lelia. Adding both books to my tbr!💁🏻
Another new-to-me author to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
This is the first time I’ve read about this author. Another newsreporter turned crime fiction writer. A lot of my author friends used to be journalists, news reporters. The book sounds like an interesting one and the author has the background to create some good suspense/mystery stories.
This sounds like a great ‘sit on my deck all day and read’ book.
This book sounds intriguing. Thanks for this giveaway.
I love that cover and it sounds like my kind of story. And I’m always looking for stories that take place in the south as I live on the Gulf Coast. I’m encouraged about this series by your comment on enjoying both books.
Sounds like a great series.
Fascinating and a unique mystery which i would enjoy.
Oh, I am so excited this is out already! My little library had The Branson Beauty on the shelf and I can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Guapo is such a fantastic name for a dog! And I’m so glad to see that you loved this book just as much as the previous one.
Thanks for being a part of the tour!
Thank you for the chance to win this book!