The Branson Beauty

The Branson Beauty The Branson Beauty an old showboat has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson Missouri More than one hundred people are trapped aboa

  • Title: The Branson Beauty
  • Author: Claire Booth
  • ISBN: 9781250084385
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Branson Beauty

    The Branson Beauty, an old showboat, has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri More than one hundred people are trapped aboard Hank Worth is still settling into his new role as county sheriff, and when he responds to the emergency call, he knows he s in for a long winter day of helping elderly peThe Branson Beauty, an old showboat, has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri More than one hundred people are trapped aboard Hank Worth is still settling into his new role as county sheriff, and when he responds to the emergency call, he knows he s in for a long winter day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore He realizes that he ll face anxiety, arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county s already thin budget to the breaking point.But he is absolutely not expecting to discover high school track star Mandy Bryson s body locked inside the Captain s private dining room Suddenly, Hank finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, with the county commissioner breathing down his neck and the threat of an election year ahead of him And as he wades deeper into the investigation, Hank starts to realize he s up against a web of small town secrets much darker and tangled than he could have ever imagined.In her captivating debut novel, Claire Booth has created a broad cast of wonderfully compelling characters, and she perfectly blends humor with the emotional drama and heartache of a murder investigation.

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    1. Thomas Todd

      Sheriff Hank Worth is newly appointed sheriff of Branson County Missouri, not elected, appointed by a county commissioner panel when prior sheriff runs for state Senate. One of the local tourist attractions, The Branson Beauty, a paddlewheel boat that gives rides on Table Rock lake, gets high centered on some boulders in the lake while it is full of guest. Sheriff Hank is tasked with getting boat & guest to shore and trying to figure out what caused the accident. While sweeping the boat maki [...]

    2. Heather

      I really love when I can start a book and feel like I'm at home in the world, right from page one, and The Branson Beauty is a book that had me feeling that way as soon as I started reading. Following Sheriff Hank Worth, recently appointed to the position of sheriff of Branson, Missouri, as he navigates the small town politics and budget constraints of a smaller police force. Hank finds himself knee-deep in snow, dealing with a touring paddle boat that ran aground with a quirky staff and really [...]

    3. Icewineanne

      Just outside of Branson MI, a local showboat is trapped on the rocks, it was on a 3 hour tour (Gilligan's Island theme song kept playing in my head), the paddle wheel is stuck & it's up to the new sheriff in town, Hank Worth to ensure everyone gets off safely. But the discovery of a murdered 18 yr old local girl in the private dining room & a skipper who refuses to speak complicates matters for sheriff Worth. And the stranded tourists & local partiers are not happy at all at being de [...]

    4. Marlene

      Originally published at Reading RealityThe Branson Beauty is an old paddle-wheel showboat, and the book about the events of her last cruise will stick the reader as fast between its pages as the poor old boat is stuck to the shoal its grounded on.It really was supposed to be a “three-hour tour”, so when the Branson Beauty runs aground, and her passengers find themselves stranded aboard for much, much longer, the number of rescue workers who end up humming the Gilligan’s Island theme seem i [...]

    5. Kevintipple

      The Branson Beauty is a paddle wheel boat that takes a certain route around the lake under the captainship of Albert Eberhardt. He’s been on the route for almost 20 years and knows this lake in the Ozarks just outside of Branson, Missouri like the proverbial back of his hand. Inexplicably, with approximately 120 passengers on board and many of them elderly, he has managed to run the classic showboat aground on the rock outcropping in the lake.Getting the folks on the boat safely off on this co [...]

    6. Andrea Guy

      I love mysteries of all kinds. Usually I'm a cozy mystery kind of girl, but if it is a good mystery, it doesn't have to be an amateur sleuth. This is the first book in the Sheriff Hank Worth series and it is a great beginning. I love the setting of Branson and the river boat. I'm all about casinos etc, even though I can't afford to go to any. I still find something glamorous about being able to through away money to a slow machine or a turn of a card.Claire Booth makes a great debut here. Hank i [...]

    7. Sam (Clues and Reviews)

      I don’t read many cozy mysteries so, he first thing that struck me about The Branson Beauty was how, how can I say this this correctly, nostalgic the novel felt. This is no big city crime story; it is set in a small town, with small town issues and where everyone knows everyone’s business. I found this to be different from other novels I have read lately that are usually set in large, nameless cities like New York or Los Angeles. Booth brought about a sense of familiarity with her small town [...]

    8. Liz

      Another first book in a new to me mystery series. This one is set in Branson, Missouri, and features an ex big city cop taking on an appointment with a new job as the County Sheriff. Hank Worth knows that to keep the job which is an elected position, he will have to learn how to do his job without ruffling too many feathers. This gets harder when a body is found on a wrecked tourist attraction and a lot of the movers and shakers in Branson are in some way connected to the victim. Liked the mix o [...]

    9. Susan Webb

      I could not put this book down! I usually read cozy mysteries but saw this one at my library the other day and thought I would try it. It was so good! I hope, in future stories, more is told to us about the main character, Sheriff Hank Worth and his wife and father-in-law, but for now, reading how he has to deal with small town politics while trying to do his job was insightful. I loved how this was written. I really had no clue 'who done it' until I only had 2 chapters left! but there was anoth [...]

    10. Janis

      I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery novel! Sheriff Hank Worth is still learning the ropes of his new job in Branson County, which adds to the mix when he’s trying to figure out why a paddlewheeler full of tourists crashed and who killed a young woman in the captain’s private dining room. It's a great story, with a great main character – I could live with Sheriff Worth through many novels, and hope I get that opportunity.

    11. Andrea Scollay

      I love a good mystery and this one fit the bill! It gets going right away and I did not want to put it down. There were twists and turns, with a great ending once it all came together. This is a great start to what I hope to be a long series.

    12. Joy Landers

      good 1st time novel. have edited my husband's novels so recognized beginning mistakes. but the plot twist were awesome

    13. Grace Koshida

      A very solid, assured debut mystery novel. Enjoy the lead protagonist, newly appointed Sheriff Hank Worth.

    14. Gayle Pace

      MY THOUGHTS:We live about 15 minutes from Branson and this book was so real with it's locations and descriptions of the many theaters and scenery around Branson, Missouri. Table Rock Lake is a beautiful place so I immediately became hooked. The book was so realistic with the description of the Branson Beauty, a show boat that goes around Table Rock Lake. I had no idea that the book would go in the direction it did. With the show boat crashing, murder and evidence being destroyed. If you love mys [...]

    15. Becky

      When The Branson Beauty is scuttled on a cold and snowy afternoon, it seems like nothing more than a nuisance that can be blamed on a reckless captain. It takes hours to finally get the passengers safely back to shore and all seems well, except for likely fallout to the owner that is. But a final round of the ship reveals a shocking surprise: the dead body of a local coed. Sheriff Hank Worth hasn't been in his position long and knows this case is a big one. The girl, a recent graduate of the loc [...]

    16. Deb

      I am always a fan of a good mystery ranging from the more gentle cozy mysteries to the pulse-pounding dark psychological thrillers. The Branson Beauty leans to the lighter side of the scale. There's a murder but it's not particularly graphic and there are plenty of small town-style, Missouri Ozarks characters to get to know. The main character is a recently-transplanted sheriff, so it falls a bit into the police procedural arena too. It's a quick read with a likable protagonist in Hank--who isn' [...]

    17. Margot

      This was a very good mystery - a good story. It did not read like a debut novel at all. Of course, the author has a strong journalism career behind her (see below) which helps. Claire Booth definitely knows how to write.And, she definitely knows how to develop characters. I really liked the main character, Sheriff Hank Worth. He’s a professional, but he has common sense, a sense of humor, and an ability to handle the public with kindness, care and sensitivity. He’s great with his staff too. [...]

    18. Donna

      Sheriff Hank Worth is new in the tourist town of Branson, Missouri. The sparkling city of Branson boasts of singers, dancers and beautiful venues for various entertainers. It also has a beautiful, old showboat, The Branson Beauty, on a neighboring lake. Hank is called out to the Branson Beauty after it runs aground on the lake with over one hundred tourists aboard. He helps the trapped visitors off the boat but what he doesn't plan to find is the body of a local teenage girl in the captain's pri [...]

    19. Lisa

      Since this book received favorable reviews by PW and Booklist, I was excited to give it a try. The author does a remarkable job of setting the story's tone and pacing from the first page, and her true crime reporting background serves the book well. Hank, the newly appointed sherrif of a small Ozark town, has his hands full when the body of a local college girl is found on board of The Branson Beauty showboat. Hank is a likeable protagonist - easygoing with a sly sense of humor, a sharp and capa [...]

    20. Susan

      Add another to your list of favorite modern-day sheriffs. Hank Worth has recently moved to Branson, MO, his wife's home town, appointed to replace the long-serving former sheriff, who has moved on to the legislature. It's deep winter in the Ozarks, and the paddleboat that plies the local lake for tourists has run aground. When the visitors are evacuated, Hank's last check finds a dead body, a runner who graduated high school recently and went off to college. Hank knows he has to concentrate on w [...]

    21. Kiwi Carlisle

      It took me a while to warm to this mystery, and I admit that I stuck with it mostly for its Missouri setting. It wasn't until about halfway through that Claire Booth's characters and plot came to life for me. It felt just a bit as if the author were struggling with her transition from true crime. Finally, the introduction of a truly hideous dog suddenly made things feel real. I like Hank Worth and his family, his excellent deputy Sheila, and the hapless Pup. There were enough hints of future con [...]

    22. Michael Brown

      Nice easy set up mystery. Set in Branson MO a boat strikes rocks on a cruise. After all is said and done a body is discovered. The county force is lead by a former KC officer but he has idiots and 'good olde boys' among his competent deputies. Politics and money people are involved and the crime is front and center in everyone's thoughts. Good character development with lots of room for expansion if the series continues. The locale is well described for it's limited impact on the plot and the pl [...]

    23. Christa

      While trying to settle into his new job as sheriff, Hank Worth responds to a showboat crash just outside of Branson, Missouri, People are trapped on the boat, and as Hank tries to coordinate a rescue effort, a body is discovered aboard the Branson Beauty. The victim is a high school track star, and soon Hank realizes that he is up against a multitude of secrets that may be hiding a murderer.Hank is a great character, and this was a fun one to read.

    24. Carol Adler

      Delightful, compelling mystery!Sheriff Hank Worth is a marvelous character, as sympathetic as the amateur sleuths I usually prefer. Claire Booth’s beautiful writing, engaging characters, rich Ozark setting, and suspenseful plot twists makes Branson Beauty my favorite mystery I’ve read all year. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

    25. Anna

      Stumbled onto this while looking up travel books about Branson and picked it up on a lark. Wasn't expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was neither cheesy cozy nor gratuitous, gory thriller, but rather just a straight-up mystery / cop procedural (and a well done one at that).

    26. Cindy

      For someone who lives in California, Claire Booth did an excellent job of writing about Branson, Missouri. She definitely did her homework. I enjoyed this entertaining mystery with underlying serious issues. The characters are interesting folks. I saw several loose ends, which I hope means she is planning a series.

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