About Another Man’s Ground
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 11, 2017)
“This contemporary take on a locked-room puzzle is chilling, compelling and completely entertaining, and Claire Booth is a wonderful new voice in crime fiction.”–Hank Phillippi Ryan on The Branson Beauty
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.
“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
Praise for The Branson Beauty:
“Touches of sly humor add appeal to Booth’s standout debut…Betrayals from within the sheriff’s department and issues left unresolved hint at much more to come in what promises to be a most engaging regional police series.”-Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“Former crime reporter Booth’s debut introduces an engaging cop with wonderful family appeal. A nice discovery for enthusiasts of Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.”-Library Journal
“Former crime reporter Booth imbues her fast-moving narrative, which celebrates its Ozarks setting, with humor and humanity. A promising debut.”-Booklist
Thanks for stopping by my stop in the tour for Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review my review.
Another Man’s Ground is the second book in this crime series involving Hank Worth and his family. I did not read the first installment but I’m definitely interested in reading it st a later date as I enjoyed this second book. Although it is part of the series it can definitely be read as a standalone novel.
Another Man’s Ground follows new Sheriff Hank Worth who is struggling a bit with his new role in his new town. He is called out one day to investigate a theft issue which leads him in directions he never would guessed and all in the middle of a tenuous election complicated by bad blood between him and a certain character from book one.
I haven’t read a thriller or mystery type book in a little bit so I was pretty pumped to give this book a read. Admittedly I was a little daunted by the fact that it was the second book in a series and I hadn’t read the first but the author kindly supplied an overview of the first book and when I read the second I definitely felt that reading the first book wasn’t absolutely necessary as this book did reference events in the first in passing but in a way that didn’t leave me with lingering questions. I do feel that it probably would have given me more insight into some of the characters and their relationships which is why I’d like to pick it up at some point in the future.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written and well paced. I enjoyed the mystery and the suspense in it. I enjoyed the fact that it doesn’t waste time, once you start reading it the action starts and just gets better as the investigation, which seems like a small investigation at first, turns into a much larger one. I like that this crazy mystery is going on during something as important to our main character as an election and I liked seeing how all this affected his family as well. I really enjoyed Hank in a sleuth role. He is noble, smart and funny.
For me this story had a sort of Bones-y feel which I love so if you are a fan of crime television shows or crime novels, this book may be for you! 4 stars for me!
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.