by Claire Booth
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Pub Date 3 May 2022 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2022
Elderly tourists visiting Branson, Missouri for a fun time are instead becoming so sick and disoriented they end up in the ER with Dr Maggie McCleary. She asks the sheriff to investigate and, because he happens to be her husband, Hank Worth readily agrees.
When the tour operator denies responsibility, Hank digs deeper leaving Chief Deputy Sheila Turley to handle a simmering revolt within the ranks. Their policy to eliminate overtime pay has infuriated many long-time deputies. Those fired for insubordination have filed a lawsuit, while those still there sabotage Sheila at every turn.
With pressure mounting, they're called to a hit-and-run accident. But the victim's injuries haven't been caused by a car . . . she's been beaten to death and dumped by the side of the road. And she was someone they knew.
Will the victim's aggressive business dealings come to haunt them all? And can Hank and Sheila save their department from destruction?
A Note From the Publisher
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Good book! This book was very interesting! I was pleasantly surprised, for some reason I thought it was going to be different?! But it was really good! This book had suspense, action, intrigue, murder and mystery! And a great who done it ! Also great police work! I definitely enjoyed reading this one! It was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
The fifth Sheriff Hank Worth mystery might be the best yet. The author continue storylines from previous books, but, as in any small-town sheriff's department, she adds new crimes to the mix. Chief Deputy Sheila Turley continues to worry about overtime, and their problems with deputies at the jail, and ones they fired. There's an ongoing feud between Worth and a county commissioner, as well as a developer in Branson, Missouri. It's Worth's wife, ER doctor Maggie McCleary who introduces a new element. Frail senior citizens, tourists, are ending up in the hospital's emergency room after attending shows in the morning. They're all over 65, all frail, suffering from dehydration. She's had ten victims so far.
Hank investigates possible cases of elder abuse, but, before he can get far, there's a report of a hit-and-run accident, and a victim. There is a victim, but she's dead. And Hank suspects she wasn't killed at the scene, and there wasn't an actual accident. He also recognizes the victim.
There's humor, dramatic action scenes, and several life-threatening actions taken against Worth's department. Add in a lawsuit. Booth's stories, almost cozy police procedurals, just continue to get better.
A Dark Investigation..
The fifth in the Hank Worth mystery series and a dark investigation for the sheriff involving the elderly tourists of the town, a revolt, a law suit and a hit and run - just a few of the issues twisted into this intriguing and engaging addition. There’s a lot going down but can Hank rise above it all? With a well crafted and credible cast of characters, a solid narrative and intriguing storylines this is another enjoyable outing in this series.
There's a lot going on in this latest installment in a series- but it will be fine as a standalone. Sheriff Hank Worth has had trouble with his officers, elderly tourists to Branson are getting sick enough to go to the ER, and then Vivian, who has made a lot of money doing dubious real estate deals is murdered. Oh and then he's sued. Luckily he's got his deputy Sheila, his wife Maggie, and some new recruits to help untangle all of it. It's an entertaining read with good atmospherics (I liked the Branson connection) and characters that will make you both chuckle and shake your head. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.
Dangerous Consequences by Claire Booth continues the saga of Sheriff Hank Worth and his family and friends as they work to find out why so many elderly people are ending up in the emergency room. The location of Branson, Missouri and the storyline of time shares and the lengths developers will go to, to get people signed up made this a great book in the series.
The author skillfully weaves together multiple plot lines into a cohesive story with plenty of plot twists and a number of likely suspects. The characters are well written, and I particularly like how she brings in new characters and allows them to grow and develop both professionally and in their personal lives as the series goes on. This was a hard story to put down.
This is the second book I read in this series and it's even better than the first one.
The author did an excellent job in delivering a solid mystery, fleshed out characters, and an interesting setting.
I liked the storytelling and the solid plot kept me guessing.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
This is such a marvelous series. The characters and sense of place are outstanding--smallish town Branson, MO, with its' tourists and big city problems has been a good vehicle for these mysteries. Sheriff Hank Worth capably leads his department while second in command Shelia is tasked with HR and overtime issues. Young cop Sam has his own rookie in this book, and it has been fun to follow his growth to someone who can train a new cop. Hank's wife. an emergency room doctor, asks Hank to look into the rise in elderly admits to emergency from tour groups. Meanwhile, a hit and run turns into a murder investigation and the twists and coincidences kept me reading and guessing until the end.
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