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