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Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has dealt with small-town crime throughout his long, storied career. Now, contemplating retirement after years on the job, Tully is faced with perhaps his most perplexing case yet. When area bald eagles start getting picked off by a ghost-like killer, and when a prominent local rancher is murdered by an arrow with eagle fletching, things gets complicated fast. In this fast-paced whodunit, Tully has a vast array of suspects to choose from, including the rancher's gorgeous, bird-loving wife, who mysteriously leaves for a ranch in Mexico the day of the murder; the beautiful chef at the local house of ill repute, who is well-known as a budding ornithologist; and the ranch foreman, who is rumored to be having an affair with his boss's widow.

Will Tully put the pieces of the puzzle together, yet again? Will sending his dad, the former sheriff of Blight County, along with his number two man, down to Mexico help solve the mystery? And what about the mysterious large circles in the snow that Tully finds around the ranch, with no footprints leading in or out of the area?

It all adds up to another engrossing series of twists and turns. And in the end, Tully gets his man… or woman… or does he?

©2014 Patrick McManus (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Still Good, But Not Great

Although another reviewer spoiled the mystery, I read this novel anyway since I enjoyed the author's other works. This book was a bit different in that some of the characters I liked from past books were not in this one. For example, Pap was used as a tracker with no mention of Dave. I suppose the author is retiring the character although there is an opening to continue the series. The book did have the usual humor in it which made it worth reading. I hope Bo Tully returns with a new adventure as I already miss him.

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"Circles" was a "fun" read....

Even though it is a murder mystery, I found "Circles in the Snow" to be a lighter story, with funny quips throughout. I really enjoyed the book.

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A Finale To The Sherriff Bo Tully Series...Maybe

Where does Circles in the Snow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere in the middle. There were some pretty obvious story loopholes that exist in this book and that distracted from the story. The over-arching story of Sherriff Bo Tully does come to what could be a reasonable conclusion here however.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The larger Bo Tully story over the actual murder mystery itself. As stated, without giving too much away, this could be the final Sherriff Bo Tully mystery. The murder is given an almost "by the way" kind of attention and is not definitively resolved

Which character – as performed by Peter Coleman – was your favorite?

Bo is the obvious choice. Although Peter performs him a bit generically and it loses some of the characters unique charm.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Is This The End Of Sheriff Bo Tully?

Any additional comments?

The story has some weird inconsistencies. Etta is referenced by Bo as a psychic when in previous books he is adamant that she is not. She also seems much older here. Dave, a key player before is not seen at all. Pap also seems uncharacteristically nicer here. The cause of the title "Circles In The Snow" is just weird and seems way out of place...well maybe it does fit with the very odd Blight County, but....

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Humor for who have lived in the Pacific Northwest

I have been a McManus fan for years, and this story didn't disappoint. The narration was great

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I've had better...

I love his work as a humorist telling fictionally true stories about himself and his childhood. However, in my opinion, Mr. McManus's attempt at mystery fell short in most ways not succeeding in being very engaging, mysterious, or even very funny. I just don't think that this genre is his forte.

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NO SHOW!

What disappointed you about Circles in the Snow?

I ordered book on CD to listen to in car,while I am driving, for trip north on vacation. I have received nothing. I leave next Tuesday.

What could Patrick F. McManus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Patrick McManus is always good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Coleman?

Peter Colman probably would have been good if I had been able to hear him.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment someone screwed up and I won't be hearing it on my long drive north.

Any additional comments?

This is not like Amazon usually great service.

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