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The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery | [Patrick F. McManus]

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences.
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Publisher's Summary

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences. Tully needed a birthday present for his Pap (the retired sheriff) anyway, so the two of them head out to investigate the murder. In a tone that's one minute wise-cracking and the next...well, still wise-cracking...Tully and Pap use their wiles to figure out what's happening in this little and not-so-dull town.

©2006 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2006 The Audio Partners

What the Critics Say

"A brisk, hilarious smalltown cop mystery." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Teo British Columbia 08-08-14
    Teo British Columbia 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable storyline, yet easy listen."
    Would you try another book from Patrick F. McManus and/or Charles Leggett?

    McManus is a great author and I will probably get more Bo Tully titles.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat predictable.


    What three words best describe Charles Leggett’s voice?

    Voice suits the character.


    Do you think The Blight Way needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely, a lot of character development accomplished already.


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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-11-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2008

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "Are you ready?"

    Sheriff Bo Tully gets a call from one of his citizens who he jailed and later did the same to his sons. He wants the sheriff to come out about a dead body draped over one of his fences. Having viewed the corpse through binoculars, he gives a description of said corpse; white, pinstriped suit, one shoe on, one off but covered with a black sock...not the style of the average citizens.

    Thus the story begins. It's a ton of fun with some really good lines added to a good mystery.

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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-08-12
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "No Literary Masterpiece - But A Lot of Fun!"

    This audible book was a great light read that had me laughing out loud quite a few times. The story itself is a murder mystery, but with subtle humor added. The narrator's performance was superb as his "voices" for the different characters brought the book to life. The characters weren't a complicated lot, but they had their own personalities that the narrator captured perfectly. A lot of the humor was in understatement and the narrator was in synch with it all the way. If you're looking for some good, clean, escapism - this is a fantastic listen.

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    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-12-12
    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun listen"

    Myabe because I'm from the rural West, but this was like eavesdropping on friends. The characters are real and the story was solid without being over-done. Was sad when it ended.

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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-06-12
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    Good 'ol boy story based in Idaho. Good basic story, though a little heavy on assuming all women are falling in love with Bo Tully.

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    Terri Chehalis, WA, United States 11-29-11
    Terri Chehalis, WA, United States 11-29-11
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    "Enjoyable, light listening experience"
    Would you listen to The Blight Way again? Why?

    It was an entertaining listen. I've always enjoyed Pat McManus' sense of humor. There are several laugh out loud moments in the book.


    What other book might you compare The Blight Way to and why?

    If you like the Agatha Raisin stories by M. C. Beaton you might like this book. Both are nice little mysteries with fun characters.


    What does Charles Leggett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a good job. I'd be happy to listen to more books he narrates.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me a couple of days to find time to listen to the whole book, but I was still thinking about some of the characters several days later.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for an entertaining few hours of listening, you might enjoy this book!

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    Cora Central Square, NY, USA 05-27-10
    Cora Central Square, NY, USA 05-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "great read"

    Didn't know what to expect but loved it. All the characters, all the fun, and no explicit language to worry about. Would love to see more 'Blight' books.

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    Jodee Bloomingdale, MI, USA 04-10-10
    Jodee Bloomingdale, MI, USA 04-10-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Let's hear some more"

    I downloaded this to share with elderly friends, but I listened to it as well. This is different from McManus' usual fare but you can feel his presence. (Ha Ha - particularly his description of people's clothing, not really fashion-forward, but endearingly appropriate for those familiar with the author.)
    The story is fun and clever, and the narrator is very fine.

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    E. Smelser Pullman, WA 11-23-09
    E. Smelser Pullman, WA 11-23-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Adventure, characters, and fun"

    Patrick McManus book uses his knowledge of Idaho to draw you into this adventure and mystery. I really enjoyed the discriptions of the parts of Idaho that I have visited and characters who live in these communities. This is a great mystery with a lot of fun attached. The conversations fit the community he is writing about. Giving you a good idea of how things work in a small town. Living in a small community I could relate to many aspects of small town life. Well worth the price and time.

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    Charlene Fountain 10-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Blight Way"

    Between the writing and the narration, Patrick F. McManus and Charles Leggett have a wonderful working partnership. The story has some great mystery, some exciting adventure and some wonderful dry humor that is like putting the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae! You can't help but fall in love with all the characters in the book, especially since Mr. Leggett brings so much personality to the individuals with his wonderful vocal interpretations. I knew Mr. McManus was a good writer, I didn't realize he is a great writer. I would encourage anyone who would just like a comfortable, not overly stressful story to get ahold of this one...just for the enjoyment.
    One more comment, rather than a lot of foul language and swearing, Mr. McManus has taken care of that with references to the words, without having to use them, and with a good dose of humor to boot.

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