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Another Man's Ground The Next Taut, Witty Mystery Featuring Branson, MO S New Sheriff Hank Worth From Acclaimed Author Claire BoothCalled Out To Investigate The Theft Of Elm Tree Bark Who Knew It Made A Valuable Herbal Supplement , Branson, MO Sheriff Hank Worth Meets The Talkative And Combustible Property Owner, Vern Miles, Who Is Trying To Make Enough Money Off The Land He Just Inherited To Pay The Taxes On ItThe Thieves Have Stripped So Much Of The Bark That The Trees Are Now Dying, So Miles Decides To Go Ahead And Cut The Whole Grove Down The Only Thing Is, He Uses Undocumented Workers To Do It, And When Hank And Sam Stop By The Clearing In The Woods To Check On Things, The Whole Crew Takes Off Like A Flock Of Birds One Unfortunate Runaway Laborer Tumbles Into A Deep Crevice And Lands On Not One, But Two Bodies A Month Old Rotten Corpse And A Decades Old Child SkeletonHank Suddenly Finds Himself In The Midst Of Two Separate Murder Investigations, Not To Mention Tree Bark Theft, All While Running For Re Election As County Sheriff


10 thoughts on “Another Man's Ground

  1. says:

    My review of book one i said book two needs to be better.It wasn t.No character development Weak dialogue A dull plot Something about stolen tree bark and plant roots Tree bark This was dull and boring A vote against Hank Worth.


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    In Branson, Missouri, Sheriff Hank Worth gets a call to head out in the backwoods of the Ozarks to a small farm Strange as it sounds, the bark has been stripped off a bunch of Vern s trees Vern was going to sell the bark to make herbal supplements While investigating, Hank runs into an unfriendly neighbor not interested in having Hank on his property at all and his attitude doesn t sit too well with Hank When a body is discovered near the creek separating the two properties, Hank and his off In Branson, Missouri, Sheriff Hank Worth gets a call to head out in the backwoods of the Ozarks to a small farm Strange as it sounds, the bark has been stripped off a bunch of Vern s trees Vern was going to sell the bark to make herbal supplements While investigating, Hank runs into an unfriendly neighbor not interested in having Hank on his property at all and his attitude doesn t sit too well with Hank When a body is discovered near the creek separating the two properties, Hank and his officers must dig the body out Soon after, a child s skeleton from many years ago is found close to the first body Although Hank needs to win the election coming up soon, he is fully focused on the murders.I liked Sheriff Hank Worth and I liked the settings that took place in the woods I liked the dry humor the author injected in many of the scenes My favorite character was Hank s deputy Sheila She s a force to be reckoned with I should have picked up on a clue that led to the child s killer but I didn t I would like to read future books in this series.I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway One of the best parts about winning one of these giveaways is that I get to read a book written by an author I never heard of before


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    I know that ain t what the Bible says, but I do, she said He s always got horrible music playing, he don t got no housekeepin skills, and he s mean as a constipated goat Page 145, Another Man s Ground While that description fitthan a few of our neighbors at the old apartment complex over the years, the same could also be said of several different characters in Another Man s Ground by Claire Booth Second in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series, the events of The Branson Beauty a I know that ain t what the Bible says, but I do, she said He s always got horrible music playing, he don t got no housekeepin skills, and he s mean as a constipated goat Page 145, Another Man s Ground While that description fitthan a few of our neighbors at the old apartment complex over the years, the same could also be said of several different characters in Another Man s Ground by Claire Booth Second in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series, the events of The Branson Beauty are still on everyone s mind Those events had a definite impact on the local community and could easily affect the upcoming election for sheriff Just doing the job isn t good enough, especially when you have a slick and well funded opponent An opponent who is going to take advantage of everything that happens as a result of the current investigation Vern Miles is upset as well as he should be because somebody is messing with his land and his livelihood A person or persons unknown has been coming onto his land and stripping the bark off his trees His particular type of elm tree has a substance in the bark that get processed and sold in stores as a supplement to treat various conditions Not has somebody trespassed on his land and stolen bark from trees in such large quantities that the trees will die, that damage also destroys his income Unfortunately, those damaged and dying trees are just the start of the problem in the woods for Branson, Missouri Sheriff Hank Worth There are undocumented workers running around the woods as well The same woods are also hiding a couple of bodies and it least one potential murder suspect All those problems in the woods, past events, and a couple of other things, are messing with his chances of being elected Sheriff in the upcoming election.Dealing with it all is going to be difficult to say the least The second in the series that started with The Branson Beauty is a very good read Another Man s Ground seamlessly picks up the action after several months after the first book and keeps things rolling right along to a very satisfying conclusion All the characters are back along with some new folks, a complex mystery, and the author s clear appreciation for the area Another Man s Ground is a very good read well worth your time Another Man s GroundClaire Boothhttp www.clairebooth.com Minotaur Books St Martins Publishing Group July 2017ISBN 978 1 250 08441 5Hardback eBook format available 320 Pages 25.99Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Texas Public Library System Kevin R Tipple 2018


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    Last year I reviewed The Branson Beauty, the first book in the series and really liked the main character Sheriff Hank Worth and the Branson Missouri setting, and so I was excited to read Another Man s Ground which takes up shortly after the first book left off Note It is possible to read this book without reading the first book as the author provides an update and the basic back story, but I would recommend reading The Branson Beauty first it s good, you ll enjoy it, and you ll get to know Last year I reviewed The Branson Beauty, the first book in the series and really liked the main character Sheriff Hank Worth and the Branson Missouri setting, and so I was excited to read Another Man s Ground which takes up shortly after the first book left off Note It is possible to read this book without reading the first book as the author provides an update and the basic back story, but I would recommend reading The Branson Beauty first it s good, you ll enjoy it, and you ll get to know most of the key players and supporting characters In this book, Hank goes to investigate a report of tree bark theft it s slippery elm that was bringing the owner good money as it was sold to be processed as an herbal supplement but the investigation takes a turn when a body is discovered on the neighboring property, and the body of a child is discovered soon after As if the investigations aren t complicated enough, Hank is fighting a recent nemesis for his role of Sheriff although he was appointed to the role, the coming election will determine whether he keeps his job If Hank doesn t win, it could be difficult for him to stay in Branson where he and his surgeon wife and kids have come back to live with his recently widowed father in law.Hank is a great character he is steady, an overall good guy with a great sense of humor, a talented lawman and good boss, husband and father I like that the two main women in his life, his wife Maggie and his Deputy Sheila are strong women The supporting characters, especially Hank s team are well written even though we don t get to spend much time with many of them Claire Booth does a good job with writing the cases and the investigations they seem real and there are enough twists to keep it interesting I never quite have everything figured out, which I value in a mystery Although there is a lot going on in the book between the police work for the different cases and Hank s foray into the political arena, it never feels like too much and the pacing is good, especially as the action and tension ramp up to the conclusion If you like good mysteries, police procedurals, and small town settings, this is a series you will enjoy I look forward to the third book You can see my book tour review, along with a recipe for Pecan Delight Ice Cream Pie inspired by my reading on my blog post here Note A review copy of Another Man s Ground was provided to me by the publisher Minotaur Books and TLC Book Tours I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own


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    Another can t put down mystery from Claire Booth Hank Worth is trying to solve an impossible crime while trying to keep his sanity and his job as sheriff during a crazy election He is such a likable sleuth a competent, caring outsider with a good dose of self deprecating humor to lighten up the story I love the way the Ozarks setting is portrayed so strongly Looking forward to


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    Originally published at Reading RealityI really like slightly beleaguered Sheriff Hank Worth, to the point where I just spent a good fifteen minutes trying to figure out whether there will be a third book in this terrific new mystery series.Alas, that is still a mystery, so in the meantime, let s explore Another Man s Ground.There are two stories in Another Man s Ground and those stories compete with Hank s, and the reader s, attention from beginning to end.Hank is not merely the new sheriff of Originally published at Reading RealityI really like slightly beleaguered Sheriff Hank Worth, to the point where I just spent a good fifteen minutes trying to figure out whether there will be a third book in this terrific new mystery series.Alas, that is still a mystery, so in the meantime, let s explore Another Man s Ground.There are two stories in Another Man s Ground and those stories compete with Hank s, and the reader s, attention from beginning to end.Hank is not merely the new sheriff of Branson County, but he is also merely filling out the remaining term of the previously elected sheriff, recently promoted to the state senate To remain the sheriff, and remain in Branson, Hank needs to run for election But he absolutely hates everything about politicking He wants to solve crimes and keep people safe, not make speeches and curry favor with local politicians He hates making speeches and he detests a good chunk of the local politicians, and with good reason.But he is the best man for the job his competition, one of his own deputies, is no good as a deputy and absolutely in the pockets of the politicians He doesn t want to actually do the job, he just wants the perquisites.Hank s future isn t the only one that s riding on this election, either, which just adds to the pressure He and his wife Maggie moved back to her Branson hometown after her mother died of cancer Maggie s family has lived in Branson for three generations, which still doesn t quite make her one of the locals , but close, especially since her late mother was an absolutely beloved school principal in town.Hank needs to stay in Branson Maggie is now a surgeon at the local hospital, and her dad, Duncan, needs them around Equally, they need him, because he s the one taking care of their kids while they are both working all the hours of the day and night.Hank s chief deputy needs him to win the election, because she ll be lucky just to be relegated to jail guard duty for the rest of her life if Hank loses The good old boys really, really don t like Sheila, because she s smart, gifted, female and black They ll make her life hell if Hank is out of their way.And into the middle of all of the election shenanigans, a murder case drops on Hank s head Or rather, someone running from the scene of what seems to be an entirely different crime drops on the murder victim s head along with the rest of his messily decaying corpse.In the process of investigating the crime scene where Rotten Doe s body is found this corpse is particularly ripe , Hank and his technicians uncover another body buried under the first one The second victim becomes Child Doe While no one seems to mourn Rotten very much, everyone grieves Child Doe , including the six local families with long unsolved missing children s cases.The two corpses lead Hank and his team on a not so merry foray into not just one but two of Branson County s long standing hot spots The Kinney property, where the body is found, and the Taylor compound Jasper Kinney is the last of a long line of local landowners who once had a lot of power and a lot of clout, and still seem to, mostly out of inherited fear among the locals The Taylors are just no good every member of the family has a long rap sheet The sheriff s department has always been sure they were cooking meth somewhere on their property, but never had probably cause to search.Now they do And when they do, things go tragically wrong, just as so many of the decisions that Hank makes on this case do But in the end, he figures out the solution Delivering it is something else again.Escape Rating A I have squeed a lot about this book I did about the previous book, The Branson Beauty, too I think I just like the characters, and enjoy watching them work.I also don t think you absolutely have to read The Branson Beauty to get into Another Man s Ground, but who can resist any book that starts with half the crew humming the Gilligan s Island theme, and with good reason The case that sucks Hank and his team in was a real page turner There was so much going on, so many tempting red herrings, and so much local history that Hank can t help stepping in Everything goes way back, and it all matters.I also enjoyed the way that the case starts rather small and slightly crazy It begins with tree bark, segues into rising prices for herbal remedies, takes a detour through illegal immigration, trips over drug trafficking, and crashes through a long simmering feud that feels also too much like the Hatfields versus the McCoys All while Hank is desperately trying to solve two murders and not totally screw up his election prospects It s a daunting challenge.I will say that when the focus was on the mutating ramifications of the original cases, I couldn t turn the pages fast enough But when it came to the campaign shenanigans, like Hank himself, the events and incidents seem to take forever to finish, even when nobody screws up I may have felt for Hank just a bit too much in those scenes, because I d want to be out of there just as badly as he did.But the way the mystery unfolded, and the way it was finally solved, well, that will keep me hunting for Hank s next outing


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    I read this based on all the positive reviews I can usually get through a book in a few days.This books is just dragging on and nothing is happening First time for the author and won t read her again.I don t not recommend this book Boring Almost to the end and don t want to finish it


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    First Sentence The dispatch call said there was stripping goes on in the woods, and the property owner was not happy about it Sheriff Hank Worth is in the midst of his re election campaign when called out on a case of an unusual theft, but one of considerable value He is successful in keeping a certain aspect of the case quiet from the general populous, until a body is found A very clever hook definitely captures one s attention Booth then proceeds to provide some very interesting who knew First Sentence The dispatch call said there was stripping goes on in the woods, and the property owner was not happy about it Sheriff Hank Worth is in the midst of his re election campaign when called out on a case of an unusual theft, but one of considerable value He is successful in keeping a certain aspect of the case quiet from the general populous, until a body is found A very clever hook definitely captures one s attention Booth then proceeds to provide some very interesting who knew information Hank having to go through all the work of a political campaign provides an interesting look at what is involved and how manipulative they are There is a religious sensibility which runs through the story, but not in any way that is preachy or should cause anyone of any faith, or no faith, discomfort Booth s depiction of a mother whose child has been missing is very effective and painful She conveys the eternal hope one would have even in the face of knowing the case is no longer a priority for law enforcement The team of officers is a true ensemble with Hank as its supportive lead, and one officer wanting to be involved But, man, was he in some kind of business, where getting handed two homicide cases improved an employee s morale Sheila, in particular, is a well crafted character as a detective who is a good team member and one who truly cares about the victim Yet all the characters are very well developed not only on the job, but with Hank s relationship to his wife and Lovinia, an older woman who shows up at every crime scene and is as wise as she is delightful Another Man s Ground has murder, drugs, and politics in a wonderfully unpredictable plot This is a book once started won t be put down until it s finished.ANOTHER MAN S GROUND Pol Proc Sheriff Hank Worth Branson Co., MO Contemp Ex Booth, Claire 2nd in series Minotaur Books, July 2017


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    Another Man s Ground, by Claire Booth is the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series This time around, Hank Worth is still protecting Branson County as the new Sheriff, but he needs to win the upcoming election to secure that position In the midst of his political campaign for Sheriff, Hank finds himself on the hunt for a thief and a murderer maybethan one All the while, Hank is still the witty and sarcastic man who is not thrilled with wearing a cowboy hat whose hunt f Another Man s Ground, by Claire Booth is the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series This time around, Hank Worth is still protecting Branson County as the new Sheriff, but he needs to win the upcoming election to secure that position In the midst of his political campaign for Sheriff, Hank finds himself on the hunt for a thief and a murderer maybethan one All the while, Hank is still the witty and sarcastic man who is not thrilled with wearing a cowboy hat whose hunt for justice often intertwines with being a husband, father, and boss Claire Booth does an excellent job of setting up the story as well as detailing beautiful Branson County for those of us who have never been there The excitement starts on the first page and she does a great job of keeping it throughout the entire story Just when you think the story is starting to wind down, she grabs you back in keeps you guessing Her development of the characters makes them very likeable and realistic Fans of Claire Booth will not be disappointed I can t wait to see what happens in Branson next.I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy before it is released in July


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    3.5 star readI received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.It started with a simple phone call about stripped slippery elm bark and quickly become something muchcomplicated Sheriff Hank Worth s investigation into the theft of the bark of a tree used as a herbal remedy evolves into the discovery of not one but two dead and buried bodies, a host of illegal immigrants in his county, and a miss step that just might cost him the election as sheriff in the second 3.5 star readI received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.It started with a simple phone call about stripped slippery elm bark and quickly become something muchcomplicated Sheriff Hank Worth s investigation into the theft of the bark of a tree used as a herbal remedy evolves into the discovery of not one but two dead and buried bodies, a host of illegal immigrants in his county, and a miss step that just might cost him the election as sheriff in the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth mystery series, Another Man s Ground by Claire Booth.Sheriff Hank Worth is a transplant to Branson, Missouri from the city He was appointed sheriff a few months back and is now running for election Although Hank s wife was born and raised in Branson, Hank isn t a part of the good ol boy network and doesn t have the political clout of his opponent and long time county deputy sheriff, Gerald Tucker Hank doesn t exactly get along with his campaign manager and he s sure her advice at a local luncheon may have cost him the election As if dealing with the campaign and all of its drama and fallout wasn t bad enough, Hank must also keep under wraps the illegals he found while investigating the bark theft, attempt to discover the identity of the two dead bodies buried years apart, discern why they were killed and disposed of, and handle a family that can only be described as bad tempered and ornery if not deadly when crossed Can Hank find the answers to the theft, identify the remains and killer, and do so before the election Another Man s Ground is the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth mystery series by Claire Booth but the first book that I ve read a situation that will be quickly remedied I assure you I found this to be a fast paced, engaging, and enjoyable read despite constant interruptions due to travels between hospitals and nursing homes, nursing home drama, back to back to back migraine headaches, andI enjoyed the personal and workplace drama that Hank encounters and found him to be a realistic and believable character I actually liked most of the characters in this story, including the colorful, crusty and cantankerous Jasper Kinney, campaign manager Darcy Blakely, and Hank s co workers Alice and Sheila I really liked Sheila Another Man s Ground is a taut mystery that provides humor with the twists and turns in the story, mixing family drama, big city boy versus small town boy, andAlthough I didn t read The Branson Beauty again, something that will be rectified soon , I didn t feel as if I coming into this series and missing too much backstory of course I could be wrong If you ve read The Branson Beauty, then I m pretty sure you already have Another Man s Ground on your TBR list if not, add it ASAP If you haven t read The Branson Beauty, then I strongly urge you to read it and grab yourself a copy of Another Man s Ground to read immediately afterward I look forward to readingin this series and consider myself fortunate to have been introduced to this new to me author and series.This review originally posted on 08 11 2017 at


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