About The Branson Beauty
- Series: Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (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’s day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore. He anticipates a lot of anxiety, many arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county’s already thin budget to the breaking point. But those are the least of his worries after he discovers high school track star Mandy Bryson’s body locked inside the Captain’s private dining room.
In her captivating debut novel, Claire Booth has created a broad cast of wonderfully compelling characters, and writes with a style that perfectly blends humor with the emotional drama and heartache of a murder investigation.
“Claire Booth hits the ground running in this debut novel set in the Missouri Ozarks. She writes with the assurance and clarity of a more seasoned pro.” – Edgar award-winning author Margaret Maron
“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, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award winner
“With nuanced characters and an intricately unfolding plot – and a bone-deep sense of cold in this snowy Ozark setting – this novel is reminiscent of William Kent Krueger or Giles Blunt. Claire Booth is a writer to watch.” – Anthony and Agatha award winner Sara J. Henry
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. For more about Claire, her books, and some of the true crimes she’s covered, please visit www.clairebooth.com.
Claire Booth’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, July 19th: BookBub Blog – author guest post
Wednesday, July 20th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, July 25th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, July 27th: Write Read Life
Monday, August 1st: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, August 4th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, August 11th: Buried Under Books
Thursday, August 18th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, August 22nd: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen