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Thu
Jul 6 2017 1:00pm

Q&A with Claire Booth, Author of Another Man’s Ground

Claire Booth, author of the Hank Worth Mystery series, is a former true crime writer and reporter who decided to use her experience in the field to write mystery fiction—something she's always loved. Recently, Ms. Booth was gracious enough to answer some of our questions about her affinity for crime fiction, how her previous careers influence her current stories, and her latest book, Another Man's Ground!

Read this exclusive Q&A with author Claire Booth, and then make sure to sign in and comment for a chance to win a copy of the second Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery, Another Man's Ground!

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Mon
Jul 3 2017 9:00am
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Claire Booth Excerpt: Another Man’s Ground

Claire Booth

Another Man's Ground by Claire Booth is the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series (available July 11, 2017).

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.

[Read an excerpt from Another Man's Ground...]

Fri
Jul 15 2016 9:00am
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The Branson Beauty: New Excerpt

Claire Booth

The Branson Beauty by Claire BoothThe Branson Beauty by Claire Booth is the debut book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series. (Available July 19, 2016).

The Branson Beauty, an old showboat, has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri. More than one hundred people are trapped aboard. Hank Worth is still settling into his new role as county sheriff, and when he responds to the emergency call, he knows he’s in for a long winter day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore. He realizes that he’ll face anxiety, arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county’s already thin budget to the breaking point.

But he is absolutely not expecting to discover high school track star Mandy Bryson’s body locked inside the Captain’s private dining room. Suddenly, Hank finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, with the county commissioner breathing down his neck and the threat of an election year ahead of him. And as he wades deeper into the investigation, Hank starts to realize he’s up against a web of small town secrets much darker and more tangled than he could have ever imagined.

CHAPTER 1

His feet crunched on the snow as he stumbled behind the Company Man. The guy had loafers on and still managed to keep his footing as they scrambled down the incline toward the lake. Hank’s heavy-duty snow boots, on the other hand, were not living up to their billing, he thought, as his feet went in opposite directions on a patch of ice.

Finally, he skidded to a stop at the edge of the water. The lake wasn’t a terribly wide one, but it was pretty. It lay like a shard of glass in the middle of the granite Ozark Mountains, its surface that glassy sheen only possible when it’s a degree or two from freezing solid.

[Read the full excerpt from The Branson Beauty...]