Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Another Man's Ground (Sheriff Hank Worth #2) by Claire Booth

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1744 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250084415
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 11 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 The next taut, witty mystery featuring Branson, MO’s new sheriff Hank Worth from acclaimed author Claire Booth.

Called out to investigate the theft of elm tree bark (who knew it made a valuable herbal supplement?), Branson, MO Sheriff Hank Worth meets the talkative and combustible property owner, Vern Miles, who is trying to make enough money off the land he just inherited to pay the taxes on it.

The thieves have stripped so much of the bark that the trees are now dying, so Miles decides to go ahead and cut the whole grove down. The only thing is, he uses undocumented workers to do it, and when Hank and Sam stop by the clearing in the woods to check on things, the whole crew takes off like a flock of birds. One unfortunate runaway laborer tumbles into a deep crevice and lands on not one, but two bodies—a month-old rotten corpse and a decades-old child skeleton.

Hank suddenly finds himself in the midst of two separate murder investigations, not to mention tree bark theft, all while running for re-election as county sheriff.

About the Author

 Claire Booth is a journalist and author who has written about crime for decades. She’s covered everything from the theft of the Aston Martin used in the James Bond film Goldfinger to the Laci Peterson murder and the San Francisco dog mauling case, where two lawyers were convicted of killing their neighbor with vicious dogs they kept for an imprisoned friend.

She also covered the case of Taylor Helzer, a Northern California man who convinced two followers he was a prophet of God. In order to raise money for their end-of-days scheme, the group extorted money from a retired couple and then killed them and three others to cover their tracks. The tremendously complicated quintuple murder case is the basis for her first book, the non-fiction The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God.

After living with that case for so long, Claire decided she’d had enough of the real world and turned to fiction. Her first novel, The Branson Beauty, was published in 2016, and the second in the series, Another Man’s Ground, comes out in July 2017.

My Review

 Another Man's Ground is the second Sheriff Hank Worth by author Claire Booth. This is the first book of Booth's that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

Another Man's Ground is set in Branson County, Missouri which is just south of Springfield in the Ozark Mountains. Sheriff Hank Worth is up for re-election while trying to solve two murders as well as find out who stole elm tree bark. Then there is the long simmering feud between property owners. And undocumented workers hiding in the woods.

Another Man's Ground is an interesting and entertaining read that mystery fans will love. I enjoyed getting to know Sheriff Hank and his family and co-workers. I found this book to be well written and a pleasure to read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Highly recommend Another Man's Ground.

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