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The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery    by Patrick McManus order for
Blight Way
by Patrick McManus
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2006 (2006)
Hardcover, Audio, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

It seems as though someone named Tully has always been in charge of law enforcement in Idaho's Blight County. Not so long ago, Eldon 'Pap' Tully was the no-nonsense sheriff in the picturesque rural county, and he had followed in the tradition of his father and grandfather; now seventy-five years old, Pap is coming out of retirement (on the occasion of his birthday, and on the occasion of a nasty looking murder) to assist his son (and current sheriff), forty-two year old Bo Tully.

Bo and Pap head out to a nearby ranch where the trouble-maker Batim Scragg (and his scofflaw sons, Lem and Lister) have discovered a man's body draped over a pasture fence. Dressed in a dark blue pin stripe suit, wearing one shiny black shoe on one foot and only a black sock on the other foot, carrying a gold money-clip with plentiful supply of hundred dollars bills, and sporting a Rolex wristwatch, the dead man also has two bullet holes in his back.

Assisted by a colorful group of assistants (several enthusiastic deputies, an eccentric forensic investigator, and an attractive medical examiner) and somewhat hindered by some of Blight County's more independent citizens (including the Scraggs and their blood-feud enemies on the Littlefield Ranch), the sheriff and his father quickly find themselves involved in an increasingly difficult and dangerous case. And when more dead bodies are found, Bo and Pap (et al) know that they must move quickly to find the murderer(s) and bring a little peace and quiet back to Blight County.

The Blight Way is a deftly plotted, fast-paced mystery that is filled with endearing and quirky characters. Patrick McManus, a writer who knows how to infuse his entertaining whodunit with plenty of humor, will keep you guessing until the unforeseen (but inevitable) ending. Even Bo and Pap are surprised!

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