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Preview — The Blight Way by Patrick F. McManus
The Blight Way (Sheriff Bo Tully #1)
Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight county, Idaho -- and a fellow who dropped twenty pounds on Atkins -- had been thinking about asking out Jan Whittle, his grade-school sweetheart. Problem is, he's already promised to celebrate his dad's seventy-fifth birthday with him. Thwarted romance proves to be the least of Bo's problems, however, when a dead body turns up on Batim Scragg's...more
SETTING: Blight County, Idaho
SERIES: #1 of possible series
Sheriff Bo Tully of Blight County, Idaho, doesn't ride a big horse, carry a Glock or scare criminals by the piercing look in his eyes. His secret weapon is his father, "Pap", who formerly held the office and has more common sense than a roomful of Rhodes Scholars. Add in a crack investigative unit (actually, one man by the name of Lurch), a pretty medical examiner and a part-time tracker, and it's ...more
This book is a Sheriff Bo Tully mystery. If you like Bo Tully, you'll like this book. It's a sure thing. It's fun easy, vacation reading. These books are kind of like McManus's humor books with some fictional mystery story added.
I bet older guys who hunt and fish really like these books. Bo Tully is down to ea ...more
The first thing we need to do is to withdraw all support from poor people. If they can't earn their own way, they starve. …
Of course, we wouldn't want women and children and babies and old people staving to death out in public, all bony and their eyes bulging out and like that. ...more
A man from LA is found dead on Batim Scragg’s ranch and it is up to Sheriff Bo to figure out who the killer is and if they are still ...more
Blight County Sheriff Bo Tully has a great 75th birthday present for his father, a murder in the neighboring town of Famine. When they arrive to find the well-dressed body of a stranger hanging over the fence on the Scra ...more
McManus, Patrick F. – 1st in series
Simon & Schuster, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780743280471
*** Bo Tully is a widower and the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, as was his father. Bantim Scragg’s and his sons are not known as law-abiding citizens so when a call comes in that they are reporting a body on their fence, it gets Tully’s attention. When more victims are found, clearly not locals, the crime takes on a different focus.
*** Patrick F. M ...more
I remember reading his column in Field and Stream and Outdoor Life.
This a quote from one on his reviewers:
"This is only the second book I've read by Patrick M ...more
The Blight Way is maybe a shade closer to a 3 1/2 star than four. It's a decent mystery/police procedural. But what makes it enjoyable is the humor that McManus adds ...more
On the positive side, it was very funny. Also, it did a good job of introducing ...more
Why I started this book: Richard recommended this series and I have loved A Fine and Pleasant Misery and his other short stories about the great outdoors.
Why I finished this book: I was expecting laugh out loud silliness but by the end of the book I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters. I will be readi ...more
Tully thought this was the perfect moment to try out his 'warm' look. He leaned forward and gave it his best shot.
Susan looked startled. "Are you alright, Bo? Are you sick?"
Tully instantly shut off his warm look. "I'm fine, I'm fine. Just caught something in my throat. ...more
One of my favorite bits is how the sheriff recalls the ease of solving a usual murder in the neighboring town. It usually happens at the tavern - both the scene of the crime and where the murderer is, as he's usually boasting about it to his fr ...more
Thus the story begins. It's a ton of fun with some really good lines added to a good mystery.
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"This door is locked," Tully told him.
"Can you pick a lock?"
"I'll give it a try."
"Be my guest" Tully said, stepping to one side.
Pap blew the lock away with the shotgun. He pushed the door open with the barrel.”
"They're in the back of the Explorer."
The old man got out the bolt cutter, walked around and snipped one of the leads to the battery on each of the ATV's. The others stood in the darkness watching him, listening to the snip-snip of the bolt cutter.
"Not a bad idea," said Dave. "That way is any of them get past us, he's going to be on foot."
"There's that," Tully said. "And then there's the fact that the old man loves bolt cutters...”