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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick F. McManus Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sheriff Bo Tully Mysteries Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467374
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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.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Everybody should read Patrick McManus.”

    The New York Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • “A good-natured comic mystery…[McManus] peoples his shaggy plot with a variety of vivid, quirky characters…It’s good, goofy fun.”

    The Seattle Times

  • “Prolific, popular outdoorsman and humorist McManus departs from his trademark shaggy-dog stories with this novel set in current-day Idaho, the first in a new mystery series starring Blight County sheriff Bo Tully…On the seventy-fifth birthday of his father…a dead body turns up at the ranch of a family of ex-cons. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect birthday present for Pap…Behind his hayseed cop exterior, Bo is smart, sneaky and relentless. Add lots of quirky suspects, crisscrossing motives and artery-clogging meals at Dave’s House of Fry, and McManus delivers a brisk, hilarious small town cop mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BJ | 2/5/2014

    " This is the first book in the Bo Tully mysteries. Bo is the Sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, as were his father and grandfather. Bo is funny, astute, and gets things done "The Blight Way." McManus is the author of many humorous books (I surmise this based only on the titles), but this is his first mystery series. His humor reminds me of Mark Twain without the cynicism. This series is fun, not deep, and a fast summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Kilmer | 1/24/2014

    " Growing up in the small towns of Western Washington all my life has prepared me for the characters Pat McManus writes about. Equally endearing, and flawed, it is easy to imagine each persona that he invokes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Pope | 1/20/2014

    " this was something new for McManus. He usually writes short stories. This was a good novel, easy to read and included McManus' sense of humor with a mystery. Gene gave me this to read while I was visiting him last week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mycala | 1/19/2014

    " I have always loved McManus' humorous essays, so I was excited to read this book. From the minute I started to read, I had trouble putting it down. For some reason ever since starting to read Jasper Fforde I've somehow found myself on a mystery kick. This was well done, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/14/2014

    " Charles Leggett does an outstanding job bringing life to the characters in Blight, Idaho. He is able to craft each character well. The mystery itself is lots of fun with lots of quirky characters. I laughed out loud many times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori | 1/6/2014

    " Brother owns it, so thought I'd read it. It was ok. Not my fave. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SadieKate | 12/27/2013

    " Fun light mystery with McManus' usual quirkiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 12/17/2013

    " Good little read. Had some trouble concentrating with some of the descriptive passages. I was hoping to be laughing out loud all the time like with his short stories, but he was more subtle in his novel. Still, I will read more of the novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 11/24/2013

    " Sheriff Bo Tulley is called upon to investigate a dead body hanging on a ranch fence. While exploring the scence, two more bodies aare found. Throw in a missing rancher, a haunted hotel, and a good looking medical examiner and you get a pretty good yarn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/23/2013

    " A good mystery. Enjoyed the writing. All in all, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlyne Landrum | 9/2/2013

    " Maybe I just have a soft spot for Pat MacManus, but I have to give this a 4 star if for no other reason than that it could have taken place in Idaho City. I do hope the larcenous around here don't read it and get ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie S. | 8/19/2013

    " Good book. Read it in 2 days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Widmer | 6/29/2013

    " Novel style, but classic McManus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 5/28/2013

    " This is McManus' first true fiction and it's quite funny. There is a sequel that is also really good. Living in Boise, it's kinda weird to see Boise mentioned as "the big city" in the book. Blight is a fictional Idaho town. But after reading this, I sure swear I've driven through it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/14/2013

    " I love Patrick McManus. Usually his books are collections of short pieces. But this is a full-blown mystery novel set in Blight, Idaho (close to Famine, ID). As always, McManus' characters are wonderful, and the sleuthing in this book is lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/24/2013

    " This was a very cute book, I love how the sheriff likes to practice looking concerned and his down to earth problem solving skills. His dad is a hoot. A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 10/7/2012

    " As funny as his previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 10/5/2012

    " I love Pat McManus's homespun style, and the characters in this one have that same honest charm. A few of the gags are laugh out loud funny. This is an excellent summer or fall read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cass | 9/14/2012

    " Cleverly funny murder mystery. Kept us entertained as we drove from Idaho to California. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/20/2012

    " This was a good mystery and had some funny parts in it. However, I only gave it three stars because of all of the sexual innuendos it contained. Every male character seemed to be only interested in who he could "hustle" next. I was disappointed in it for this reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenna | 10/27/2011

    " Fun mystery we listened to, while traveling up to Yellowstone. We actually saw some of the places that were talked about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Davis | 9/22/2011

    " If you like Patrick McManus you'll like this book. It made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/28/2011

    " Good read. I'm liking McManus and sheriff Bo Tully more with each book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jtone | 2/11/2011

    " It was an okay mystery though not as funny as I had hoped. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben | 1/6/2011

    " Just not funny, McManus should have stuck to his awesome anecdotes instead of trying for a narrative "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 11/15/2010

    " Wanted to love it because I love his outdoors books....but just couldn't get into it. Didn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/25/2010

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I liked the characters, enjoyed the murder mystery plot, and laughed at the small-town-backwardness stereotype perpetuated in this novel. A fun little quick read. I'll definitely look up more Bo Tully novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/6/2010

    " Hubby purchased the audio on itunes, might as well listen. A little suggestive in parts, but not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/13/2010

    " This was a fun little mystery with a rural western setting. I liked the humor in the story and Sheriff Bo Tulley was a fun character. I look forward to reading more books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 7/30/2010

    " Good little read. Had some trouble concentrating with some of the descriptive passages. I was hoping to be laughing out loud all the time like with his short stories, but he was more subtle in his novel. Still, I will read more of the novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 6/3/2010

    " I gave this one to Rich because he likes McManus, but he didnn't read it. It has some good lines, the sheriff and his posse are pretty good characters. I might read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2010

    " This was a good mystery and had some funny parts in it. However, I only gave it three stars because of all of the sexual innuendos it contained. Every male character seemed to be only interested in who he could "hustle" next. I was disappointed in it for this reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/12/2010

    " Light, funny read with good charaters and a fast pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/20/2010

    " Novel style, but classic McManus. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick F. McManus

Patrick F. McManus is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. He is the author of many 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.

About the Narrator

Charles Leggett is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, The Empty Space, and Book-It Repertory Company, among many others. Charles’ voice work is also featured in the video games Dungeon Siege I and II, and in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.