The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth, Minotar Books 2016, 320 page mystery, Hank Worth #1
This is the first in the Hank Worth series. Worth is a Sheriff in popular, touristy Branson, Missouri. The Branson Beauty, an old showboat, takes visitors on a lake cruise several days a week. But it has crashed into some rocks and is disabled. More than one hundred people are trapped aboard. Newly elected Sheriff Worth has his hands full in what is his first real case when it appears the crash wasn’t an accident.
I liked the character of Hank Worth, who has a sense of humor to go along with the serious business of investigating the accident. There are those who would just as soon see the old boat scrapped for the insurance money and others who want to see it continue it’s tradition. As the plot progresses, we meet the supporting characters that will become regulars in the series. Booth is a talented, insightful writer and her characters and setting make this series special. I zipped through the first book and am half way through the second now.
The Hank Worth series:
The Branson Beauty – 2016
Another Man’s Ground – 2017
A Deadly Turn – 2018
I would avoid just because of my intense dislike of anything to do with Branson.
I know nothing of Branson except it being the setting for this series, Steve.
I find this especially interesting, both the location and the plot. I will give this a try, after I have gotten through more of my TBR stacks.
I’ve read a couple of other good reviews of books in this series and this one is – sort of – on my radar “to be read” list.
As mentioned before, I finished THE SUSPECT and, like Barbara apparently, was not that impressed with this Edgar winning novel by L. R. Wright. I won’t be reading another. THE TALE TELLER was the latest in Anne Hillerman’s continuation of her father Tony’s series, and for the first time, retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn has a major role besides those of Jim Chee and his wife Bernie Manuelito. These are worth reading if you are a Hillerman fan. Lastly there was THE CRIME OF MISS OYSTER BROWN, an enjoyable collection by Peter Lovesey from Crippen & Landru.
Current reading is the new Peter Robinson book about Supt. Alan Banks, CARELESS LOVE. I’ve found some of his recent books (I’ve read them all, at least the series ones) a little slow in getting started, but that isn’t the case here, as so far I am zipping right through it.
PS – WordPress is still making me re-enter my information every time.
Sounds a little bit like the books Bill Crider wrote. I finished reading a biography of Dr. Seuss and an SF anthology. Diane and I saw THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME last Friday at a sold-out AMC theater. It’s made over a billion dollars. The next movie I’m looking forward to is JOHN WICK 3.
Ditto Jackie is totally psyched for JOHN WICK 3.
Sounds interesting, Rick. It’s going on my Really hope to Get Around To it list.
I zipped through J. D. Rhoades’ second Jack Keller novel, GOOD DAY IN HELL. Keller is a bounty hunter and traumatized Afghan war vet who finally appeared to be finding salvation through his relationship with a widowed police woman. She’s investigating the murder of a gas station owner while Keller is attempting to track down a young girl who skipped on a court hearing. Their cases merge when the girl and her nihilistic boyfriend go on a horrific killing spree, taking the survivor of the gas station killing with them and training him to join in on the slaughter. As the bodies pile up Keller finds himself closer and closer to a dark place he may never return from. A good twisty-turny book.
I also read another medical thriller by F. Paul Wilson, IMPLANT. A renown plastic surgeon uses a special drug to rapidly increase healing, but he’s added a special formula to the drug that causes mental instability for certain of his patients. This way, he is extracting vengeance on politicians he feels have harmed him, and he’s due to operate on the president soon…interesting, readable, but to be taken with a grain of salt.
Other reading this week: STAR-BEGOTTEN by H. G. Wells (my FFB) and WEIRD CRIMES & SERVANTS OF SATAN by Seabury Quinn, thirteen articles from WEIRD TALES magazine in the mid-Twenties and a much better book than I expected. Also, three recent graphic novels from Neil Gaiman: A STUDY IN EMERALD (your basic Queen Victoria is related to Cthulhu story, with a Sherlockian feel); THE DC UNIVERSE (some of Gaiman’s various contributions to DC comics), and Likely Tales (adapting four of his stories. I also read Bill Willingham’s FABLES, THE DELUXE EDITION, VOLUME SIX, which culminates (after more than four dozen issues) with the marriage of Bigby Wolf and Snow White.
i have a couple more of FABLES compilations on deck, as well as Robert Goldsborough’s latest Nero Wolfe pastiche and another F. Paul Wilson medical/political thriller on deck. I’m also looking at an early Philip Jose Farmer novel.
Have a great week, Rick.
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