Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence” as Want to Read:
An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence (Jules Clement Mystery)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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
...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Dead Letter (first published 1998)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman MacleanThe Whistling Season by Ivan DoigThis House of Sky by Ivan DoigDancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan DoigEnglish Creek by Ivan Doig
Best Montana Books
74th out of 130 books — 85 voters
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezCollapse by Jared Diamond
NPR
105th out of 145 books — 115 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 125)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
...more
Elizabeth
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
...more
Lisa
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
Vicki
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!
Maurean
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
...more
Elvita
Way to many characters and subplots to keep track of
Michele
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!
Pat
May 15, 2011 Pat added it
Jules Clement
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2015
Cindy
Cindy marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Jessica
Jessica marked it as to-read
Dec 11, 2014
Marie
Marie added it
Jan 01, 2015
Mickslibrarian
Mickslibrarian marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2014
Ian St
Ian St added it
May 25, 2014
Kristine Pratt
Kristine Pratt marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2014
Barb Arney
Barb Arney marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2014
Lexie
Lexie added it
Mar 20, 2014
Ashley
Ashley marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other Books in the Series

Jules Clement Mystery (4 books)
  • The Edge Of The Crazies
  • Going Local
  • Blue Deer Thaw
The Edge Of The Crazies Blue Deer Thaw Going Local Sous la neige Retour Au Pays Harris

Share This Book