The Branson Beauty

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Jun. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250084385. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250084392. M
When old paddlewheel showboat Branson Beauty runs aground in the Lake of the Ozarks, near Branson, MO, Sheriff Hank Worth finds over 100 elderly passengers stranded and the captain catatonic. After Hank arranges the rescue of the passengers, he discovers the corpse of local track star Mandy Bryson in the captain's private dining room. Who wanted this popular young lady dead? As the new sheriff in town, Hank faces opposition from various factions. Small-town politics can be brutal and secrets can be deadly.
VERDICT Former crime reporter Booth's debut introduces an engaging cop with wonderful family appeal. A nice discovery for enthusiasts of Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.
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