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An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence (Jules Clement Mystery)

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Big Sky, Old Bones, and Murderous Obsession. Blue Deer, Montana Has it All...

A Cleveland hunter has just shot off his best friend's hand and the first blizzard fo the season was blowing into Blue Deer, Montana, when a camper found an old skeleton on Magpie Island. Sheriff Jules Clement, one-time archeologist, now his hometown's cop, relishes the chance to identify the rema
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Dead Letter (first published 1998)
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James Thane
This is the third of Jamie Harrison's novels set in the small town of Blue Deer, Montana, and featuring archeologist-turned county sheriff, Jules Clement. In the first two books, The Edge Of The Crazies and Going Local, a prominent theme was the interaction between the long-time residents of Absaroka County and the usually wealthy newcomers who were moving into the county, attracted by its beauty and recreational opportunities.

In this case, however, Harrison sets that conflict aside to examine
Sheriff Jules Clement is not a particularly happy man and he really doesn't care for his job. What he likes is living in the area where he grew up and where several generations of Clements have lived. Despite the area being somewhat remote there is a population of about ten thousand there is plenty of crime to go around. The police are called upon to solve every little glitch in the town including most neighborly disputes involving pets and trash.

Meanwhile there is a serial rapist going around
After being most disappointed with the endings of the previous two Blue Deer mysteries, I'm glad to say this one nailed it. The quirky characters and great setting are still strong, but the plot of this book is a great mystery. Sheriff Jules Clement is dealing with two long-dead bodies (one decades more recent than the other) when a fresh one turns up, made to look like a suicide but definitely murder. Jules has to approach the death from several angles, trying to get the truth from town elders ...more
Catherine Woodman
I have never heard of this author, but my spouse, who is an inveterate scanner for free books, picked this up and brought it on a recent overseas vacation. I have to say that despite the fact that there is an absurd amount of crime that takes place in a small town, that I enjoyed Jules, the sheriff and protagonist, and the story style.
Sheriff Jules Clement works on an interesting constellation of cases in his Montana town, but they keep impinging on his extended family, in-laws, etc. Could have used a genealogy chart like Margaret Maron provides at the front of her Deborah Knott mysteries!
Well, while I did enjoy the characters in this mystery, I have to agree with [previous reader], in that the actual storyline seemed a bit too drawn out for such a short book.
Perhaps, had I read the first two books in this series ("The Edge of the Crazies" & "Going Local"), I would not have been 'caught up' in trying to keep all the characters straight in my mind, and may have enjoyed the actual mystery more. The small-town feel was right on target tho, and I would read others by Harrison if
Way to many characters and subplots to keep track of
This is the third title I've read in this series and I really want to like it. The writing is good and the mysteries are actually interesting, but the characters are difficult to like. In this one, there was nothing redeeming or pleasant about any of them. So I guess I'm done...
Mary  (Biblophile)
I found this to be an average mystery. While the main character was believeable, the plot seemed to plod along at a snail's pace. Little bit of a surprise ending.
Sheree Ross
Very good mystery that kept you guessing. I really enjoyed this author and want to llok for more!
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Jules Clement Mystery (4 books)
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  • Going Local
  • Blue Deer Thaw
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