Claire Booth

Author & Journalist

The reviews are starting to come in! I'm thrilled that people like Sheriff Hank Worth and his first case as the new sheriff in Branson, Missouri. He discovers the body of a high school track star on the Branson Beauty, a showboat that plies the waters of an Ozark mountain lake. 

"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

And 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