a deadly turn

comes out in the UK on Nov. 30, 2018,

and in the US and Canada on March 1, 2019

"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

Another Man's Ground

Book two

the Branson Beauty

book one

Hank Worth thinks he’s performed a good deed when he pulls over the car of six teens caught speeding on a Saturday night and lets them off with a warning and instructions to go home. When he responds to an urgent call minutes later, he realizes he made a fatal error of judgement – every teen is dead. Struggling to come to terms with his role in the crash, Hank begins to suspect foul play. While notifying the parents of the children involved, his suspicions grow when an unidentified body is discovered in one of their homes and a teenage girl is found after apparently attempting to commit suicide. Hank believes the incidents are connected, but those around him disagree. Is Hank right, or is his guilt making him search for answers where there are none?

"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

Author & Journalist


Claire Booth