Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Another Man's Ground (Sheriff Hank Worth, #2)” as Want to Read:
Another Man's Ground (Sheriff Hank Worth, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Another Man's Ground

(Sheriff Hank Worth #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The next taut, witty mystery featuring Branson, MO’s new sheriff Hank Worth from acclaimed author Claire Booth.

Called out to investigate the theft of elm tree bark (who knew it made a valuable herbal supplement?), Branson, MO Sheriff Hank Worth meets the talkative and combustible property owner, Vern Miles, who is trying to make enough money off the land he just inherited
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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 Another Man's Ground, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Another Man's Ground

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  85 ratings  ·  32 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Branson, Missouri, Sheriff Hank Worth gets a call to head out in the backwoods of the Ozarks to a small farm. Strange as it sounds, the bark has been stripped off a bunch of Vern's trees. Vern was going to sell the bark to make herbal supplements. While investigating, Hank runs into an unfriendly neighbor not interested in having Hank on his property at all and his attitude doesn't sit too well with Hank. When a body is discovered near the creek separating the two properties, Hank and his off ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“’I know that ain’t what the Bible says, but I do,’ she said. ‘He’s always got horrible music playing, he don’t got no housekeepin’ skills, and he’s mean as a constipated goat.’” (Page 145, Another Man’s Ground)

While that description fit more than a few of our neighbors at the old apartment complex over the years, the same could also be said of several different characters in Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth. Second in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series, the events of The Branson Beauty a
Last year I reviewed The Branson Beauty, the first book in the series and really liked the main character Sheriff Hank Worth and the Branson Missouri setting, and so I was excited to read Another Man's Ground which takes up shortly after the first book left off. (Note: It is possible to read this book without reading the first book as the author provides an update and the basic back story, but I would recommend reading The Branson Beauty first--it's good, you'll enjoy it, and you'll get to know ...more
Carol Adler
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Another can’t-put-down mystery from Claire Booth!
Hank Worth is trying to solve an impossible crime while trying to keep his sanity and his job as sheriff during a crazy election. He is such a likable sleuth – a competent, caring outsider with a good dose of self-deprecating humor to lighten up the story. I love the way the Ozarks setting is portrayed so strongly. Looking forward to more!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I really like slightly beleaguered Sheriff Hank Worth, to the point where I just spent a good fifteen minutes trying to figure out whether there will be a third book in this terrific new mystery series.

Alas, that is still a mystery, so in the meantime, let’s explore Another Man’s Ground.

There are two stories in Another Man’s Ground and those stories compete with Hank’s, and the reader’s, attention from beginning to end.

Hank is not merely the new sheriff of
First Sentence: The dispatch call said there was stripping goes on in the woods, and the property owner was not happy about it.

Sheriff Hank Worth is in the midst of his re-election campaign when called out on a case of an unusual theft, but one of considerable value. He is successful in keeping a certain aspect of the case quiet from the general populous, until a body is found.

A very clever hook definitely captures one’s attention. Booth then proceeds to provide some very interesting “who knew?”
Cayden Jenness
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Man’s Ground, by Claire Booth is the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery Series. This time around, Hank Worth is still protecting Branson County as the new Sheriff, but he needs to win the upcoming election to secure that position. In the midst of his political campaign for Sheriff, Hank finds himself on the hunt for a thief and a murderer (maybe more than one). All the while, Hank is still the witty and sarcastic man (who is not thrilled with wearing a cowboy hat) whose hunt f ...more
3.5-star read
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It started with a simple phone call about stripped slippery elm bark and quickly become something much more complicated. Sheriff Hank Worth's investigation into the theft of the bark of a tree used as a herbal remedy evolves into the discovery of not one but two dead and buried bodies, a host of illegal immigrants in his county, and a miss-step that just might cost him the election as sheriff in the second
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour
I really enjoyed Claire Booth’s debut novel The Branson Beauty, and I’ve been looking out for the follow up ever since. Having solved the murder of the popular, pretty young woman in the previous book, Hank thinks that he should be able to keep being sheriff and live a quiet existence in Branson for a while. But he has to run for the sheriff’s office in order to keep his job since he was appointed to the position, and he has some enemies in both other disgruntled cops and local affluent business ...more
Victoria Colotta
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A Small town murder mystery done with humor, heart, and good balance of police work.

ANOTHER MAN’S GROUND is more than a mystery. I know it sounds cliche, but the bodies that are found are only the beginning of a story that will bring you deep into the heart of Branson, Missouri.

The layers that Claire Booth builds within the narrative are so intertwined that the author seamlessly gives her readers a perfect combination of human interest and crime. I loved the way th
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Local History and culture. Politics. And, of course, murder. Branson, Missouri's Sheriff Hank Worth faces it all in Claire Booth's Another Man's Ground. It's an outstanding police procedural with touches of humor throughout.

When Vern Miles reports the theft of bark from his trees, Sheriff Worth doesn't realize it will snowball into a murder investigation, solve a cold case, and, either help him win an election. Or, the case may go all wrong, and the voters might see him as a bumbling fool who do
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hank Worth is the new sheriff of a small, rural tourist town in southern Missouri. He is investigating an unusual crime of elm bark theft and is surprised to learn how lucrative the sale of this bark can be. This crime leads the property owner, Vern Miles, to decide to remove several dying trees, which leads to the discovery of two dead bodies. Now in the middle of his re-election campaign, Hank has two murders to solve, and in trying to get the answers, he's not sure who he can trust.

"Another M
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
I feel like I could have gone into Another Man’s Ground without having read The Branson Beauty first; so, good news, this one can read as a standalone! However, I do recommend going back and reading the first in the series; it does help with connecting to the characters!

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it. But, since I was a fan of Hank Worth in Booth’s first novel, I dove on in. Hank Worth is back and is called out to investigate the theft of some
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Man's Ground is the second Sheriff Hank Worth by author Claire Booth. This is the first book of Booth's that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

Another Man's Ground is set in Branson County, Missouri which is just south of Springfield in the Ozark Mountains. Sheriff Hank Worth is up for re-election while trying to solve two murders as well as find out who stole elm tree bark. Then there is the long simmering feud between property owners. And undocumented workers hiding in the woods.

Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Man’s Ground is a great second entry into what is an outstanding series. It is also a rarity, part of a series that can be read and enjoyed on its own merits. The book is structured in a way that compels the reader to finish in a day or two at most. There are two separate crimes that are connected as well as a comical election subplot. Superb characterization and highly descriptive language earmark Another Man’s Ground as a sure-fire winner this summer. Even if you are not a fan of the O ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I truly enjoyed reading ANOTHER MAN'S GROUND. This is the second Sheriff Hank Worth novel, and I would love to read the first one also. Sheriff Worth is called to a property with trees from which enough bark has been stolen to kill the trees. The bark contains an herb which the owner had been removing. While investigating, 2 bodies are discovered. The first body is a recently deceased male, while the second is a decades old corpse of a child who had been shot is the back of head. A great start f ...more
Janelle Weiner
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book the day it came out, having enjoyed The Branson Beauty. As with Booth's first book, I wanted to get my highlighter out and start tracking clues right away. The attention to detail immerses you in the Ozarks setting from the get-go, and the tight narrative pace will keep you on your toes. I'm also a fan of Hank Worth and his "outsider" perspective on the local crime scene. A great read!
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Booth offers a compelling plot, characters to love (and hate), humor, and tension in her new Sheriff Hank Worth mystery. As Worth reluctantly participates in his reelection campaign, he’s seeking the murderer of two bodies found in the woods and negotiating his way through a generations-old feud in his Branson County district. A very enjoyable read!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a how-am-I-going-to-prove-it than a who-done-it. Moves along well. Perhaps a bit too much personal life for my tastes, but it is well done, especially how the sheriff learns to handle the politics. Missouri is not as much of a character in this one. Will definitely wait for #3 in this series.
Peggy Sinden
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as it was set in Branson's hills in the Missouri Ozarks and features Hank Worth as the new Sheriff now seaking first time politics/elections and solve a murder at the same time.
Fun reading about all those hillbillies and their strong connections with the lands of the generations before them.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this based on all the positive reviews. I can usually get through a book in a few days.

This books is just dragging on and nothing is happening. First time for the author and won't read her again.

I don't not recommend this book. Boring!!! Almost to the end and don't want to finish it
Joy Landers
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
a small town sheriff goes out to inspect theft of tree bark, and ends up finding 2 skeletons. the investigation coincides with his re-election campaign, which he likes his job not hated politics, and has the town's big wigs against him
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sheriff looking for the bad guys while running for re-election story. Very good!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-bookshelf
taking the bark another mans trees is not nice and it leads to all kinds of crimes just when the Sharif
is looking to get re-elected.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even better than #1 in my opinion. Good book.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pamela by: good reads
well-written twisty story.
Al Stoess
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans in general.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Marlene Bessette
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to follow Worth trying against everyone, to unravel the mysteries while trying to run a campaign for sheriff, not his cup of tea, to be a politician. But It lightens the drama
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT! I enjoyed the Branson Beauty (Book 1 in the Hank Worth Series) and was very much looking forward to Booth's follow-up. It did not disappoint. Another Man's Ground is suspenseful and well constructed with two crimes that are expertly woven together and an alternately funny and frustrating election arc. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the story itself puts the reader into the Ozarks thanks to Booths incredible descriptive powers.

The only issue I had with the book is how quickl
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great followup to the first Sheriff Hank Worth book! I am really enjoying this series. I like the characters and the storyline in this one kept me captivated.

In this one, Hank investigates the theft of elm tree bark. The thieves have stripped so much of the bark that the trees are now dying, so the owner decides to go ahead and cut the whole grove down. He hires undocumented workers to do it, and when Hank stops by to check on things, the crew runs. One unfortunate runaway laborer tumbles into a
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock  (Samuel Craddock Mystery, #6)
  • Easy Errors (Posadas County Mystery #12)
  • Twice the Pleasure
  • Liman Prince of Egypt (The Forgotten Land #1)
  • Spectacle
  • xoxo
  • Spark of Light (Avery, #1)
  • The Decorator Who Knew Too Much (A Madison Night Mystery Book 4)
  • Deadly Shore
  • Compound Murder (Sheriff Dan Rhodes #20)
  • Perfect Hatred (Chief Inspector Mario Silva #6)
  • Betrayal at Cross Creek (American Girl History Mysteries, #22)
  • Sons of Sparta (Andreas Kaldis, #6)
  • Where Secrets Lie
  • Mini Myths: Make a Wish, Midas!
  • Waterfall (The Water Crisis Chronicles)
  • ASP of Ascension (Nefertari Hughes Mystery, #1)
  • As You Lay Sleeping
See similar books…
Claire Booth is a journalist and author who has written about crime for decades. She’s covered everything from the theft of the Aston Martin used in the James Bond film Goldfinger to the Laci Peterson murder and the San Francisco dog mauling case, where two lawyers were convicted of killing their neighbor with vicious dogs they kept for an imprisoned friend.

She also covered the case of Taylor Helz

Other books in the series

Sheriff Hank Worth (2 books)
  • The Branson Beauty (Sheriff Hank Worth, #1)