I'm a journalist and author who has written about crime for decades. I’ve covered everything from the theft of the Aston Martin used in the James Bond film Goldfinger to the Laci Peterson murder and the San Francisco dog mauling case, where two lawyers were convicted of killing their neighbor with vicious dogs they kept for an imprisoned friend.

Some stories take more space and more time to tell than is possible in the daily paper, and books are the perfect way to do that. After writing about other people's true crimes for so long, I decided I wanted to try making up my own. My debut novel, The Branson Beauty, comes out in July 2016.

Here are a few words from people who've kindly read

the book in advance:

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


July 19, 2016

Minotaur Books

Author & Journalist

Claire Booth