NOTHER MAN’S GROUND by Claire Booth
Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries, Book 2
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A Small town murder mystery done with humor, heart, and good balance of police work.
ANOTHER MAN’S GROUND is more than a mystery. I know it sounds cliche, but the bodies that are found are only the beginning of a story that will bring you deep into the heart of Branson, Missouri.
The layers that Claire Booth builds within the narrative are so intertwined that the author seamlessly gives her readers a perfect combination of human interest and crime. I loved the way that she takes the stripping of trees for profit and catapults her readers into a town filled with dead bodies, backhanded politics, crazy antics, and wonderful characters that enrich the story even more. As each page went by, I became completely invested in Hank, his deputies, and his family, as well as their outcomes.
All in all this is a solid crime novel that you will love if you like small town police procedurals. Also, for those who don’t love the more gritty mysteries and thrillers out there. This book gives you just the right balance of crime, characters, and witty banter.
Series Note: I never read the first novel in the series, but I understood everything that was going on. Sure there are a few things here and there that might have gone over my head, but for the most part, you can enjoy Sheriff Hank Worth without having read the previous book.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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.
In Another Man's Ground, her next novel featuring Sheriff Hank Worth, acclaimed author Claire Booth delivers a taut, witty mystery that will grip readers from the opening pages to the breathless conclusion.
About the Author: CLAIRE BOOTH is a former true crime writer, ghostwriter, and reporter. She lives in California. The Branson Beauty, featuring Sheriff Hank Worth, is her first novel. Find out more on the author's website.
Series: Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries (Book 2)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 11, 2017)
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