"An original and defty crafted novel by a true master of the genre ... very highly recommended"

              - Midwest Book Review

"The second in Booth's regional crime series is both an excellent police procedural and a surprisingly humorous look at politics and family feuds." 

             - Kirkus Reviews

"(An) appealing sequel . . . Booth's affectionate treatment of the decent and shrewd people of Branson and Worth makes this a series worth following."

            - Publishers Weekly

the Branson Beauty

book one

Author & Journalist

New Branson, Missouri Sheriff Hank Worth was appointed to the vacant position and now he needs to win the fast-approaching election in order to keep his job. He's busy campaigning when the discovery of a murder victim deep in the Ozark backwoods sets him in the middle of a generations-old feud that explodes into danger. He must rush to find a murderer before election day, and protect the vulnerable in Branson County, where politicking is hell and trespassing can get you killed.

Another Man's Ground

Book two

Check back soon for more about the third installment in my acclaimed mystery series!

Here's what people have had to say about the first two books:

Former Kansas City police officer Hank Worth has just taken over the job of sheriff in Branson, the famous Missouri Ozark tourist town, when the paddlewheel showboat The Branson Beauty runs aground on a nearby lake. During the rescue of those on board, Hank discovers a murdered high school track star and must find the killer while battling local politicians and entrenched business interests that want to see him fail.

The next Hank worth mystery

a deadly turn

will be released Nov. 30, 2018!

"Touches of sly humor add appeal to Booth's standout debut . . . Betrayals within the sheriff's department and issues left unresolved hint at much more to come in what promises to be a most engaging regional police series."       

              - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Former crime reporter Booth imbues her fast-moving narrative, which celebrates its Ozarks setting, with humor and humanity. A promising debut."

              - Booklist

"Former crime reporter Booth's debut introduces an engaging cop with wonderful family appeal."
              - Library Journal
"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, & Macavity winner


Claire Booth