From Publishers Weekly
In McManus's amusing, folksy fourth Bo Tully mystery (after 2009's The Double-Jack Murders), the 43-year-old Blight County, Idaho, sheriff is headed for his favorite remote spot to pick huckleberries when five frantic women inform him that they've spotted bodies nearby. Tully finds three young men, apparently farm laborers, lying by a huckleberry patch, each shot in the back of the head. Tully has his hands full with the rare triple murder as well as the disappearance of rancher Orville Poulson, whose so-called caretaker, Ray Crockett, has entrenched himself on Poulson's property. Meanwhile, various women need the sheriff's attentions, including putative psychic Etta Gorsich, deputy Daisy Quinn, FBI agent Angela Phelps, and nurse Scarlett O'Ryan. Tully once again proves an unorthodox and effective lawman, while McManus's storytelling, be it about a haunted lake or a modern mountain man, never flags.
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When huckleberry pickers find three bodies, shot execution-style, Sheriff Bo Tully of Blight County, Idaho, must share his investigation with FBI agent Angela Phelps. They need to find out where the young men had been before they were killed and what they were doing that would get them killed. They also need to find the fourth man—Bo is convinced there was a fourth berry picker who somehow survived the attack. Bo must also deal with Marge Poulson, who is convinced that Ray Crockett has killed her ex-husband. Bo can’t find anything to incriminate Crockett, but he suspects there might be a connection between him and the three dead men. The investigation takes Bo, Angela, Bo’s father, and others deep into the swampy wilderness. Folksy humorist McManus’ fourth Bo Tully mystery exudes lots of country charm and humor; while Bo is something of a ladies’ man, the women he encounters are equally savvy and strong, and they give as good as they get. --Kat Kan