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Playing Catch Up (The Sheriff Chick Charleston Mysteries #4)

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Small-town Montana sheriff Chick Charleston and his highly educated sidekick, Jason Beard, star again in this fourth installation of Guthries touch is unerring.
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Houghton Mifflin
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Nov 03, 2016 Harron68 rated it liked it
Not bad, but not worth seeking out either. I'd hoped for something different with what the cover labeled "a western mystery." I did want a clever mystery well written, but this comes up short. I would give it two and a half stars if I could, it is workmanlike but nothing special.
Mar 20, 2012 Ron added it
Didn’t know until I stumbled across this book that A. B. Guthrie (1901-1991) ever wrote crime fiction. This one comes fifth in a series of novels featuring Guthrie’s small town sheriff Chick Charleston. Guthrie was 85 when he wrote Playing Catch-Up, after a writing career that started in journalism and flourished in his sweeping historical novels set on the Montana frontier.

With The Big Sky (1947) and The Way West (1949) he created his own brand of western storytelling. The grand scale of his bo
Jason Beard has wanted to be an officer of the law since he was in high school. Now out of college he is waiting for a job in the city but agrees to help out his mentor Sheriff Chick Charleston with a brutal murder of a young working girl. He takes on the case and begins to make a little headway when another young girl disappears on her way home from a school music practice.

Jason helps in the search and what he finds rattles him. He begins to think that he is not cutout for the horrors of the jo
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Oct 23, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was ok
Jason Beard is aiding the sheriff of a small Montana town investigate a murder. Jason is called upon to interview the local madam who spills the dirt on many of the citizens. He also has to deal with a whole deck of jokers.
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Fast paced. Light read
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Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (January 13, 1901 – April 26, 1991) was an American novelist, screenwriter, historian, and literary historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction during 1950 for his novel The Way West. The author called himself "Bud" because he felt that Alfred Bertram was "a sissy name."

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