Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for Another Man's Ground, the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series by Claire Booth. I'm pretty excited to be hosting a stop on this tour, because I've been eagerly awaiting this book ever since finishing the first book in the series, The Branson Beauty.
Sheriff Hank Worth is back with another mystery to solve. It begins with a case of theft—tree bark theft. This is a new one for Hank, as he's thrown into the world of herbal supplement supply. And while it may not sound dangerous, we quickly learn that it can be just as cut-throat as illegal drug trade.
While investigating the report of the theft that kicks off the book, Hank and his department accidentally stumble onto another crime scene...and a grizzly one at that. They now have to solve not only a theft, but investigate disappearances, deaths, and a shady and curious generations-old feud between two neighbors—and determine if and how everything is related.
To top things off, it's election time, and Hank's attention is being pulled in a direction that he really doesn't want to be pulled as he deals with politics, department moles, and his campaign manager.
I loved the way Another Man's Ground developed. Each character and storyline intricately woven in and around the others, creating the perfect amount of suspense, doubt, and intrigue. I was pleased that I did not see the ending coming. I enjoyed seeing the development of the characters from book 1 to book 2, as well; I've become attached and look forward to many more mysteries to be solved by Sheriff Hank Worth and his department.
Like the first book, there's not a ton of food on the pages, but what is there is reinforced and super tempting. I enjoyed finding mentions of Hank's favorite Pecan Delights, and was left craving some of Sam's mom's homemade raisin bread, but ultimately the inspiration I pulled from the book was made by Father Tony—chile verde. Not only did the descriptions have my mouth watering, I thought it perfectly represented comfort, generosity, and the reassurance that you can still find good people in the midst of the madness.
Groceries were piled everywhere. There were enough sandwich fixings to feed the Corletti family for a year. Several jumbo packs of beef jerky sat in a bag on the floor. And a huge pot of soup bubbled on the stove. From the smell of the green chilies and onion, Hank guessed it was chile verde. He took a peek to confirm it and then leaned against the counter.
Another Man's Groundauthor: Claire Booth
series: Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries (Book 2)
publisher: Minotaur Books (July 11, 2017)
genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
hard cover: 320 pages
"foodie" read: No, but the food that is on the pages is enough to fool you into thinking it kind of wants to be...
opening sentence: The dispatch call said there was stripping going on in the woods, and the property owner was not happy about it.
teaser: It starts out as an interesting little theft case. Branson, Missouri’s new Sheriff Hank Worth is called out to look at stands of trees that have been stripped of their bark, which the property owner had planned to harvest for the booming herbal supplement market. At first, Hank easily balances the demands of the investigation with his fledging political career. He was appointed several months earlier to the vacant sheriff position, but he needs to win the fast-approaching election in order to keep his job. He thinks the campaign will go well, as long as he’s able to keep secret the fact that a group of undocumented immigrants – hired to cut down the stripped trees – have fled into the forest and he’s deliberately not looking for them.
But then 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 not only for him, but also for the immigrants, his deputies, and his family. 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.
In Another Man’s Ground, her next novel featuring Sheriff Hank Worth, acclaimed author Claire Booth delivers a taut, witty mystery that will grip readers from the opening pages to the breathless conclusion.
about the author: Claire Booth spent more than a decade as a daily newspaper reporter, much of it covering crimes so convoluted and strange they seemed more like fiction than reality. Eventually, she had enough of the real world and decided to write novels instead. Her Sheriff Hank Worth mystery series takes place in Branson, Missouri, where small-town Ozark politics and big-city country music tourism clash in, yes, strange and convoluted ways.
For more about Claire, her books, and some of the true crimes she’s covered, check out her website or follow her on social media (links follow).
connect with the author: website | facebook | twitter
recipe inspired by the book: Chile Verde
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The priest sent Hank off with a stomach full of chile verde and a solemn oath that he was telling the truth about the meeting time and place.
Yield: serves 4Author: Heather Schmitt-GonzalezPrint Recipe
Slow Cooker Chile Verdeprep time: 20 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 20 mins
- 6-8 good-sized tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 3 fat cloves of garlic
- 1 small-medium onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground toasted cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground toasted coriander seeds