Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has dealt with small-town crime throughout his long, storied career. Now, contemplating retirement after years on the job, he’s faced with a life-changing case—not that the murder of Morgan Fester, a nasty local rancher shot with an arrow, was all that surprising given that he was a suspect in the recent random killings of bald eagles.
What’s perplexing is the crime scene itself: someone’s made a perfect circle in the snow, yet there’s not a single footprint in sight. While the go-to suspect might be Fester’s faithless bird-loving archer of a wife, Bo knows there are too many people who wanted to kill the most disagreeable man in the county. That includes a lovely ornithologist working the local house of ill repute, and Fester’s randy ranch foreman. But when Fester’s beautiful widow hightails it to Mexico, the road to solving this crime takes a detour Tully didn’t see coming.
With a “style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor” (People), Patrick McManus is an author “everyone should read” (The New York Times Book Review).
“Tully juggles a handful of likely murder suspects with his usual wit and aplomb… [a] delightful series…the mysteries are well crafted and genuinely suspenseful, not merely an excuse for some lighthearted goings-on, but solid puzzlers in their own right. Warning to McManus: you’d better not let Bo retire anytime soon.”—Booklist