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The Tamarack Murders: A Bo Tully Mystery (Sheriff Bo Tully Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick F. McManus
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bo Tully is a renowned sheriff because he always gets his man—whether by the book or otherwise. Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has seen his share of small-town crime. Fact is, everyone in the area knows Tully, and knows his Blight Way of doing things. But when he and his deputy hike into the deep woods, tracking a suspected bank robber, little do they realize that they are about to witness a murder—and that, in turn, will lead the sheriff on an intricate trail, a series of twists and turns demanding his utmost attention and keenest crime-solving abilities. Along the way, Tully has to deal with the likes of a shadowy local named Gridley Shanks, who seems to have a spider web of connections throughout town; two out-of-town elk hunters who don’t know much about elk hunting, but are tied to the murder; an elderly couple who end up dead while caring for a rundown mansion and property out of town; a sassy assistant named Daisy; an attractive, tough FBI agent named Angie, who suddenly finds herself involved in her first murder investigation; and a host of other characters. There’s also the case of missing loot, which no one can find—at least, until Tully puts his mind to it. Will Tully get his man (or men) this time? Does the Blight Way ever fail? Read another page-turning mystery turned misadventure by New York Times bestselling author, Patrick F. McManus.


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Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, is tracking the gang who robbed a local bank. Tully thinks the money was handed off during the getaway but doesn’t know to whom. It may have been to a charming local hustler named Gridley Shanks, but there are also questions regarding two out-of-state elk hunters. In his fifth adventure, Tully mobilizes a ragtag group of his own deputies and a handful of “civilian deputies” to help solve the case. McManus is best known as a humorist who writes about the outdoors, and certainly his sly wit is omnipresent in his Tully novels. Readers who enjoy Bill Crider’s Sheriff Dan Rhodes mysteries or Steven F. Havill’s Posadas County novels will find much to enjoy here, as McManus captures the rhythms of small-town life and its citizenry in all their resplendent quirkiness. For readers who like mayhem presented with a smile. --Wes Lukowsky

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“Everybody should read Patrick McManus.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“A style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor.” (People)

“Patrick McManus is a treasure.” (Atlantic Monthly)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2CIOXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down April 7, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have to say I love Pat McManus and have read with joy almost everything he has written. This book, however, was way off the mark. It just seemed like the laziest effort of a book in a series that I have ever read. The story was disjointed and there was no build up of any mystery to be solved. All of the quirky attributes of the returning characters seemed to be hurriedly glossed over. Any background is quickly inserted in what feels like confusing afterthoughts. The writing and the narrative feel clumsy and forced.
While Bo Tully has been dapper and charming in the past, in this novel he's lost all of his charm and comes across as not even a one pick-up line bore. The small part with him hitting on the school principal seemed to be just thrown in for who knows what reason - to wrap up the ending? What about the "dark cloud" that Etta forecasts? Nothing.
Sad to say this this book is as flat and unentertaining as anything I can remember reading. Disappointing to say the least knowing what McManus is capable of.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to Say It...Save your money... March 20, 2013
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I'm a big Patrick McManus fan, I especially like his Bo Tully books...except this one.

It's short, very short...more of a longish short story than his regular Bo Tully/Blight Way books. At least 100 pages shorter than his normal mysteries.

He was sleep-walking through this one...he included the cast of characters from his other books...so everyone was there, but almost a parody. His father Pap was along, but barely, Clarence wiggling into Scaggs arms, Dee Dee saw Pap off, Pat's mom was given credit for making preserves, Tracker Dave and his restaurant food, Lurch, Daisy etc. etc. etc made appearances, but more like everybody had to show up but not add to the story....but they didn't do anything this book but act as weak copies repeating the same lines in past books. It was a very very weak effort.

Even a bad Patrick McManus book is readable...but I kept waiting for something to happen, to have the characters become alive as they have in the past. Not this time, everyone was barely going through the motions...and it showed.

Get this book from the library,
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Wouldn't Purchase This Book March 24, 2013
Format:Hardcover
"The Tamarack Murders" by Patrick F. McManus is one of the Bo Tully Mystery Series. I thought I would enjoy this book because McManus is supposed to be a writer who invokes a sense of humor in his books. I DO love a good murder mystery, but this was not a good murder mystery and I think I missed the humor.
I'm sorry to say that, but there were so many characters written into this story that I had a hard time following. Also the book was super short which in my mind didn't give the novelist time to flesh out the story enough to entice me to read this book word for word. I must admit that I began skimming the pages just to be through with it.

I would not recommend purchasing this book. It was not at all a book that I would lend anyone along with a good review. I received a free print copy of this book in return for my honest review from the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. and Night Owl Reviews. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment January 9, 2014
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My two-star rating has more to do with the story than the writing. I have been a fan of McManus for decades, and I was skeptical when his first novel came out, but was delighted with the combination of humor and mystery. There was even a bit where, when I read it, I laid in bed and laughed hysterically, until my stomach hurt, as I had come to expect from McManus' writing, but there hasn't been even been one gut-bustin' (pardon the expression) episode in any of the subsequent novels, much to my disappointment.

In fact, I have found each subsequent novel a little less compelling, not particularly funny, save for an occasional weak smile.

This newest offering, The Tamarack Murders, concentrated waaaay too much on the minute details of tracking, and I started just skimming several pages at a time, before slowing to read again. The too-frequent mentions of the golden tamarack needles made me feel McManus was groping to fulfill a minimum-word quota before putting 'finis' to this disappointing offering.

I had read somewhere that McManus' fans had been clamoring for more of Bo Tully, so maybe he's feeling the pressure to keep his fans happy, which is a shame, because that pressure may be responsible for the ever decreasing quality of the series.

Based on my reaction to this book, I am so very sorry to say I have cancelled my preorder of his upcoming Sheriff Bo Tully book, "Circles in the Snow," due out in June.

I DO still have "The Horse in My Garage and other stories" on my wish list! ;-)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened, Bo?? August 7, 2013
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After such a long wait, I was beyond happy to find the new Bo Tully novel! Going only by the “star” rating, and my enjoyment of the previous books, I downloaded The Tamarack Murders and settled in to have a good time with Bo, the fun cast of characters and a good mystery. Sadly, it became apparent pretty quickly that Mr. McManus just phoned this one in, and, I am in total agreement with another reviewer who questioned the editing of this manuscript! It IS disjointed, rambling and far from the quality of the first Bo Tully books. I feel like I got taken the “Blight Way” when I spent the big bucks on this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun mystery
Just finished.after reading book 5 I am going to get the rest of the series. Easy read & Bo and his crew will make you smile.
Published 14 days ago by Nick lacetera
4.0 out of 5 stars I have never read a Patrick McManus book I didn't like.
I grew up reading Patrick McManus' books and loved them all. The books in the Bo Tully mystery series are all good books as well and definitly worth reading. Read more
Published 15 days ago by alaskakidz
3.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, disjointed plot.
Seems that more editing could have been done here. There are several good characters,but the story bounces around too much.
Published 16 days ago by SMBP
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamara Murders a really great read
This was my first Patrick McManus book and I really enjoyed it! His writing has a really great pace to it, the story unfolds so effortlessly I had finished the book before I knew... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Merrilyn McGloin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book. Story was was good also. I recommend this book.
Published 23 days ago by fern johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the way Patrick McManus writes
Love the way Patrick McManus writes! Love Bo Tully! Just wish books where cheaper, hard to buy on fixed income.
Published 23 days ago by Judy Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars The tamarack murders
I have enjoyed this author for sometime. I like his style of writing and his characters. Especially liked Miss Vera. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars may I have some more please?
McManus just never gets old. Alway fun to have a little humor with your who-don it. Looking forward to reading the whole series.
Published 1 month ago by gotbass
4.0 out of 5 stars a delight
Typical McManus: a lot of laughs, a lot of innuendo, and a delightful read for pure pleasure. Not for "serious" mystery readers who want to figure it out before the end of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely enjoyable!
Enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Jo Jorgenson
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More About the Author

Patrick F. McManus is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. His most recent books are the Sheriff Bo Tully mysteries Avalanche and The Blight Way. He is the author of many other books, including such runaway New York Times bestsellers as The Grasshopper Trap, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, and Real Ponies Don't Go Oink! He lives in Spokane, Washington.

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