McManus, Patrick F. – THE BLIGHT WAY

THE BLIGHT WAY (Police Procedural-Idaho-Cont) – VG
McManus, Patrick F. – 1st in series
Simon & Schuster, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780743280471

Bo Tully is a widower and the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, as was his father. Bantim Scragg’s and his sons are not known as law-abiding citizens so when a call comes in that they are reporting a body on their fence, it gets Tully’s attention. When more victims are found, clearly not locals, the crime takes on a different focus.

Patrick F. McManus is a well-known author of humorous outdoor adventures and a columnist. To his repertory, he now adds mystery writer. This is a delightful book in a different setting and interesting police work. Blight is a very small Idaho town where everyone knows everyone and the weather is an element not to be ignored. All the characters are wonderful, particularly Bo and his father, whom everyone calls “Pap.” There is gentle humor, a good mystery and an unexpected ending. I liked that the mystery included both locals and outsiders. I’ve not read McManus before, but I shall look forward to reading him again.

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