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In the early 1980’s, a tiny, rural Indiana farm town experiences a series of confounding and violent murders that shock the community. Father Solomon Lancaster—the town’s dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church—finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he’s fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while tryin In the early 1980’s, a tiny, rural Indiana farm town experiences a series of confounding and violent murders that shock the community. Father Solomon Lancaster—the town’s dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church—finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he’s fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while trying to justify his law enforcement credentials to the FBI as their analysts and profilers take Crooked Creek, Indiana, by storm. But Father Solomon is hiding secrets of his own. Ones that threaten to rise to the surface as the murders continue and the investigation draws nearer to the truth. As the killer begins to escalate, Father Solomon finds that even the innocent have dark sides, and trust might be the deadliest weapon of all.


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In the early 1980’s, a tiny, rural Indiana farm town experiences a series of confounding and violent murders that shock the community. Father Solomon Lancaster—the town’s dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church—finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he’s fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while tryin In the early 1980’s, a tiny, rural Indiana farm town experiences a series of confounding and violent murders that shock the community. Father Solomon Lancaster—the town’s dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church—finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he’s fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while trying to justify his law enforcement credentials to the FBI as their analysts and profilers take Crooked Creek, Indiana, by storm. But Father Solomon is hiding secrets of his own. Ones that threaten to rise to the surface as the murders continue and the investigation draws nearer to the truth. As the killer begins to escalate, Father Solomon finds that even the innocent have dark sides, and trust might be the deadliest weapon of all.

30 review for When the Corn is Waist High

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** When the Corn is Waist High is confounding to me. I have had the most difficult time trying to determine what my final rating will be. Jeremy Scott, you have left me confused, surprised and at a loss for words. This story follows our narrator, Solomon Lancaster, who is a Catholic Priest, as well as the Sheriff for his Indiana County. Although Lancaster seems slightly unprepared to run a murder investigation, he'll be the first to remind you that the Sheriff is in fact an el **3.5-stars rounded up** When the Corn is Waist High is confounding to me. I have had the most difficult time trying to determine what my final rating will be. Jeremy Scott, you have left me confused, surprised and at a loss for words. This story follows our narrator, Solomon Lancaster, who is a Catholic Priest, as well as the Sheriff for his Indiana County. Although Lancaster seems slightly unprepared to run a murder investigation, he'll be the first to remind you that the Sheriff is in fact an elected position. He's not actually a trained criminal justice professional. He's definitely more comfortable in his role listening to the confessions of his congregation. So when bodies start dropping in his community of Crooked Creek, he begins bumbling around like a cowboy at his first rodeo. While the initial body was surprising enough, after the second and then the third, it's clear the community has an active serial killer on their hands. The FBI gets called in and they aren't impressed by Lancaster's skill set. Nevertheless, he manages to keep himself involved in the investigation. This book was interesting. I listened to the audiobook and appreciated the narrator's classic storytelling voice, as well as Scott's no-nonsense writing style. I made it through the story in a day and had some highs and lows, but I was never bored. I was definitely intrigued, with one major twist dropping my jaw and having me question everything I thought I knew. After that point, the intensity continued to climb for me as I began to see things in a whole new light. In my opinion, that was really well played by Scott. I loved how I was sort of lulled into a sense of complacency, feeling like this was just a normal Police Procedural, but it's sure as heck not! Additionally, I did love the ending of this. It left me with that devious little smile on my face I love so much; more than satisfactory. I am wondering if this will be the start to a series, or if this is where Scott is going to leave it? Generally, I am not a huge fan of religious elements being involved in my stories, and I know others may be turned off by that, but I really don't see how this story could have worked otherwise. Thank you to the publisher, Turner Publishing and Dreamscape Media, for providing me with copies to read and review. This was my first novel by Scott and I look forward to picking up more in the future!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    ****Caution**** There is some offensive language and sexual content to this story that may be offensive to some.**** Solomon Lancaster holds two jobs in a rural town farm town in Indiana. He has his hands full being the priest at the local Catholic church and also the sheriff of this quiet town. Seems like a very odd dichotomy, but Solomon seems to balance the two pretty well, until there is a murder in town and Solomon is called in to figure out who the killer is. He is often a foul mouth sherif ****Caution**** There is some offensive language and sexual content to this story that may be offensive to some.**** Solomon Lancaster holds two jobs in a rural town farm town in Indiana. He has his hands full being the priest at the local Catholic church and also the sheriff of this quiet town. Seems like a very odd dichotomy, but Solomon seems to balance the two pretty well, until there is a murder in town and Solomon is called in to figure out who the killer is. He is often a foul mouth sheriff/priest and when he and his office are forced to back out of the investigation, his vulgarity and witty repartee shows. However, when a second and a third murder follow, Solomon and his crew plus the inept FBI are now on the trail of a serial killer. Strangely this killer leaves (at times sews onto) the victims fresh flowers and their presence really baffled the police. The FBI and police force search all know sources of the flowers, but to no avail. You can readily guess the powers that be are left befuddled. Meanwhile, we learn of Father Solomon's close connection to the former pastor of the church and feels a father son relationship budding. However, more murders occur and the police seem to be chasing their tails. The townspeople are frantic and then with a pow, the killer and his motivations are revealed and once again, I didn't see that one coming. As the story concludes we are once again slapped with another wow moment, but is the killer finally found? Perhaps! Language aside and the sex scenes (You will know if you read it why), this book kept me listening on my long car ride home from Virginia. I thought the narrator did a fine job with the story and was able to hold my interest and sense of who could it possibly be. Thank you to Jeremy Scott and NetGalley audio, narrated by Thom Rivera for a chance to listen to this story due out April 19, 2022.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    DNF @ 15% The book tries too hard to be funny. A Catholic priest, who is also the sheriff, and who throws around f-bombs isn’t funny. Nor is the fact that he lied on his application about his education. In the beginning he forgets to wear gloves at a crime scene? His excuse was he wasn’t educated in criminal justice. Oh please….you don’t have to be in law enforcement to know that 🙄 Plus the down-home, small-town Hoosier shtick grows very thin. I lived most of my life in IN, although granted not in DNF @ 15% The book tries too hard to be funny. A Catholic priest, who is also the sheriff, and who throws around f-bombs isn’t funny. Nor is the fact that he lied on his application about his education. In the beginning he forgets to wear gloves at a crime scene? His excuse was he wasn’t educated in criminal justice. Oh please….you don’t have to be in law enforcement to know that 🙄 Plus the down-home, small-town Hoosier shtick grows very thin. I lived most of my life in IN, although granted not in a rural small town, but I know those who did and none of them acts or talks like these characters. If I'm rolling my eyes at 15% it's time to throw it atop the dnf pile. Not for me! * I received the audio from NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 Stars This might be the cosiest Serial Killer thriller ever written. I normally prefer my fiction more dark and disturbing, yet something about this one drew me in enough to request a copy for review.  This book has an engaging first narrative, written from the perspective of a priest who also serves as the sheriff for this small US small town. In many ways, this book was incredibly quaint with descriptions of small town life.  At first, I would this book was a little too cute, with it's jokey 4.0 Stars This might be the cosiest Serial Killer thriller ever written. I normally prefer my fiction more dark and disturbing, yet something about this one drew me in enough to request a copy for review.  This book has an engaging first narrative, written from the perspective of a priest who also serves as the sheriff for this small US small town. In many ways, this book was incredibly quaint with descriptions of small town life.  At first, I would this book was a little too cute, with it's jokey narrative and descriptions of homemade cooking. Yet I kept reading and soon enough was rewarded for my patience. It's important not to spoil a book like this, but it became quite… interesting. Some of the plot points were wonderfully unexpected and I became completely hooked in the later half of the book. I would highly recommend this novel to readers looking for a unique twist on the classic cozy mystery novel. I wish I could say more, but I encourage people to read this for themselves before they accidentally get spoiled on the internet.  Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. 

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    While this was a predictable thriller with a predictable plot twist, you could literally see it coming from page one, the narrator of the audiobook did a great job. I enjoyed listening to his voice. The plot of the book could very well and probably has been a cable tv movie of the week. All these things aside, in my opinion it was just ok. A rural Indiana town experienced a series of murders in the early 80’s. In charge of the investigation is sheriff and priest Father Salomon Lancaster. His lied While this was a predictable thriller with a predictable plot twist, you could literally see it coming from page one, the narrator of the audiobook did a great job. I enjoyed listening to his voice. The plot of the book could very well and probably has been a cable tv movie of the week. All these things aside, in my opinion it was just ok. A rural Indiana town experienced a series of murders in the early 80’s. In charge of the investigation is sheriff and priest Father Salomon Lancaster. His lied about his police qualifications and has been faking it ever since. Now with the FBI taking over the town, he must prove himself. Father Solomon’s has secrets of his own and as the bodies start to pile up and the investigators close in on the killer, he begins to worry that his secrets will be revealed. Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adores Books

    4 ⭐ I am a big fan of serial killer reads and I quite enjoyed this one, although it was quite unconventional. Father Solomon Lancaster is both a priest and the town sheriff ~ a job he got without any experience. How does one come into law enforcement without any criminal justice background?🤷 He has the pottiest of all potty mouths. I am no stranger to swearing at all, but holy moly there was an awful lot of it happening. Perhaps his previous job was a truck driver. The murders were quite violent an 4 ⭐ I am a big fan of serial killer reads and I quite enjoyed this one, although it was quite unconventional. Father Solomon Lancaster is both a priest and the town sheriff ~ a job he got without any experience. How does one come into law enforcement without any criminal justice background?🤷 He has the pottiest of all potty mouths. I am no stranger to swearing at all, but holy moly there was an awful lot of it happening. Perhaps his previous job was a truck driver. The murders were quite violent and graphic. I am happy with narrator, Thom Rivera. He did a great job of keeping me engaged throughout. At about 60% or so in we get a nice twist I didn't see coming and I liked the last little zinger at the end. I'll keep my eyes peeled for more work from this author in the future. TW: cheating *Thanks to Netgalley, Dreamscape Media LLC and Jeremy Scott for the advanced audiobook. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review* More reviews here ➡ Heather Adores Books

  7. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I found this audiobook hard to review. This book is a thriller with comedic undertones, which at times I appreciated because it helped relieve some of the darker subject matter but also fell flat in other circumstances. The combination of a sheriff/catholic priest main character was not very believable but did allow for some comedic relief. I don't really appreciate negligence, so a haphazard murder investigation where characters lack the basic skills to properly investigate was somewhat off-put I found this audiobook hard to review. This book is a thriller with comedic undertones, which at times I appreciated because it helped relieve some of the darker subject matter but also fell flat in other circumstances. The combination of a sheriff/catholic priest main character was not very believable but did allow for some comedic relief. I don't really appreciate negligence, so a haphazard murder investigation where characters lack the basic skills to properly investigate was somewhat off-putting. However, the narration I found to be excellent. Thank you Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for the opportunity to review this audiobook.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I picked up Jeremy Scott’s When the Corn is Waist High because it’s set in Indiana farm country. Honestly? It’s not very complimentary about the people, but it’s witty with a dry humor that I appreciate. It also has two big twists. I anticipated one of them. I never saw the final one coming. In the early 1980s, Crooked Creek, Indiana is a small farm town of about 2,000 people. The town is shocked when Tina Hillary’s body is found in her home. It was the first murder in the town, and she was an un I picked up Jeremy Scott’s When the Corn is Waist High because it’s set in Indiana farm country. Honestly? It’s not very complimentary about the people, but it’s witty with a dry humor that I appreciate. It also has two big twists. I anticipated one of them. I never saw the final one coming. In the early 1980s, Crooked Creek, Indiana is a small farm town of about 2,000 people. The town is shocked when Tina Hillary’s body is found in her home. It was the first murder in the town, and she was an unlikely victim. At eighty-four, the death would have normally been considered a regular death, if someone hadn’t sewn the stem of a white lily into her arm. No one had anything bad to say about her. The sheriff has reasons to know that. Solomon Lancaster admits he’s an elected politician, not a trained cop, although all three members of Lancaster’s police department had been through the academy. Lancaster has been sheriff for about eight years, but he has two jobs. As Father Solomon Lancaster, he’s been a priest in Jerusalem County for about fifteen years. He’s pastor of the largest church in the community, and independent Catholic Church, and he knows his parishioners, their problems, and their voices. As sheriff, he knows the other people in town as well. But, he knows he’s over his head when it comes to investigating a murder. All of his knowledge comes from “Perry Mason” and “Murder, She Wrote.” So, Lancaster is not prepared to investigate when a seventteen-year-old is murdered, found with daffodils in place of her hands. Although the county had sent in four officers to help, when the second body is found, the mayor requests the FBI. As victim after victim is discovered, it becomes obvious that even the FBI might not be capable of finding the killer. At one time, there were 200 FBI agents in a town of 2,000. Sheriff Lancaster is sidelined as an observer in his own town. Lancaster has reasons to keep an eye on the FBI, though. He has secrets of his own, and if he can direct the agents in other directions in their search, he might be able to keep his own secrets buried. Sheriff Solomon Lancaster is the perfect narrator for the story. HIs wry observations of the community and the FBI circus add humor to a story with grim details of murder. When the Corn is Waist High is an amusing observation of a bumbled investigation. Then, it’s no longer amusing, and it becomes a twisted story. Keep reading. There’s one more twist in a book that becomes more surprising than expected.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    That was mind fucky

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Morris

    When The Corn Is Waist High was fantastic! I was hooked within the first few minutes. Father Solomon Lancaster is not your average priest, he is also the sheriff of the small Indiana town of Crooked Creek. When a string of mysterious murders start happening in town he needs to figure out why they are happening and find the killer. I am a lifelong Hoosier so I loved all the nods to small town Indiana. The book was hard to follow at times but ultimately was phenomenal. It was dark, gruesome and fu When The Corn Is Waist High was fantastic! I was hooked within the first few minutes. Father Solomon Lancaster is not your average priest, he is also the sheriff of the small Indiana town of Crooked Creek. When a string of mysterious murders start happening in town he needs to figure out why they are happening and find the killer. I am a lifelong Hoosier so I loved all the nods to small town Indiana. The book was hard to follow at times but ultimately was phenomenal. It was dark, gruesome and funny in all the right ways. The twists and turns had me guessing until the very end. The final twist was absolutely shocking. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good thriller.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pennie Morgan

    The Catholic Priest is the Sheriff is the...wait...nope...there are twist after twist in this one. There is murder after murder in this small town. If you can get past all the food references, this is a really good mystery/thriller and you don't know who the killer is until about 2/3 of the way through it but wait until the ending because that is a shocker. Plan on not putting it down once you start because it is a page turner or if you have it in audio as I did you just have to keep listening t The Catholic Priest is the Sheriff is the...wait...nope...there are twist after twist in this one. There is murder after murder in this small town. If you can get past all the food references, this is a really good mystery/thriller and you don't know who the killer is until about 2/3 of the way through it but wait until the ending because that is a shocker. Plan on not putting it down once you start because it is a page turner or if you have it in audio as I did you just have to keep listening to find out what is going to happen next! **Received this ARC for review in audio from the publisher via NetGalley**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brooke|| Libraryofbookish

    Well. Where to begin with this one. I have so many feelings. I wasn’t sure in the beginning how i felt about it. There’s a lot of detail that i think is unnecessary here so some parts i skimmed over. Just over detailed. Like everything they’re eating. So skipping those parts, the story… It’s a dark one. There’s some gruesome murders. They’re briefly described so not too gory but they’re rough. And this priest is not anything like any priest I’ve ever met. Not only is he the local priest but he’s Well. Where to begin with this one. I have so many feelings. I wasn’t sure in the beginning how i felt about it. There’s a lot of detail that i think is unnecessary here so some parts i skimmed over. Just over detailed. Like everything they’re eating. So skipping those parts, the story… It’s a dark one. There’s some gruesome murders. They’re briefly described so not too gory but they’re rough. And this priest is not anything like any priest I’ve ever met. Not only is he the local priest but he’s the sherif, in charge of finding the killer. Until the FBI is called in. There was also some romance to this one. I liked that too 🤭😏 it just flowed well in the story. I feel like i knew the killer from the start but still once it was revealed it was still a shock because i wasn’t expecting it to go down like that! 😯 This is just one of those reads that you have to keep going because what & why and how will it end!? There could be some revisions to this one but i actually really liked it. I think it will be one that has me thinking about it for a bit. 3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Romanos

    I loved this book. It reminded me of a Fargo/Dexter mashup with some great dark humor. I highly recommend it for any fans of crime fiction. Thanks to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media who sent me an ARC audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    I *SLAMMED* this book shut when I got to the plot twist - high praise btw. It's been a minute since a thriller caught me off guard, and the way that the author managed it without throwing in something wildly off base? Ugh, man. It made for a really fun read. Overall, if you're looking for something quick and enjoyable or if you're craving a thriller with a solid plot twist, this one's for you. Thank you to Keylight Books and Jeremy Scott for the ARC! I *SLAMMED* this book shut when I got to the plot twist - high praise btw. It's been a minute since a thriller caught me off guard, and the way that the author managed it without throwing in something wildly off base? Ugh, man. It made for a really fun read. Overall, if you're looking for something quick and enjoyable or if you're craving a thriller with a solid plot twist, this one's for you. Thank you to Keylight Books and Jeremy Scott for the ARC!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gino

    I received this ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway. This was a great read. I truly enjoyed this book. It was a very good crime thriller with a touch of quirkiness to make it a fun read. I highly recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    The Promo really sounded like a fun read As the Catholic Priest in Crooked Creek, Indiana, caring and witty Father Solomon Lancaster has not only his parish to manage but is also the town’s sheriff. He totally has his hands full when a serial killer is terrorizing this small town with gruesome murders. As he is investigating, the FBI comes and questions his law enforcement credentials. Oops not a fun read ~ It was a disappointment. (I am guessing some readers find a priest using profanity and d The Promo really sounded like a fun read As the Catholic Priest in Crooked Creek, Indiana, caring and witty Father Solomon Lancaster has not only his parish to manage but is also the town’s sheriff. He totally has his hands full when a serial killer is terrorizing this small town with gruesome murders. As he is investigating, the FBI comes and questions his law enforcement credentials. Oops not a fun read ~ It was a disappointment. (I am guessing some readers find a priest using profanity and dropping f-bombs is funny: Nope ~ not one of those readers.) I like a court room drama so hung in there hoping I would find something worth my time. When the truth came out, I did say “Oh I get it!” However, I didn’t enjoy it. Not to say that many other will like this. We all have our own unique tastes when it comes to our reading pleasure! Want to thank NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for this audio eGalley. This file has been made available to me before publication in an early form for an honest professional review. Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 19, 2022.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    ARC audiobook provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. “When the Corn is Waist High” is novel about a serial killer set in the 1980’s in rural Crooked Creek, Indiana. The book is narrated by Father Solomon Lancaster, who is both the local Catholic priest and the small-town sheriff. In this quiet setting, a serial killer begins to stalk the citizens, and the bodies soon pile up. The mayor quickly calls in the FBI, who takes the lead on the investigation, which seem ARC audiobook provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. “When the Corn is Waist High” is novel about a serial killer set in the 1980’s in rural Crooked Creek, Indiana. The book is narrated by Father Solomon Lancaster, who is both the local Catholic priest and the small-town sheriff. In this quiet setting, a serial killer begins to stalk the citizens, and the bodies soon pile up. The mayor quickly calls in the FBI, who takes the lead on the investigation, which seems to go nowhere fast. As the serial killer holds the town in a state of ever-growing fear, secrets begin to unfold. Father Solomon has secrets of his own and is forced to face some shocking truths. The serial killer continues to escalate, and Father Solomon finds that both trust and the truth might be the deadliest weapons of all. I’m a big fan of thriller/mystery/horror/serial killer books. This book sucked me in right from the beginning. The author’s writing style made it easy to immerse myself in the world of Father Lancaster and Crooked Creek. I quickly found myself dying to know where the story was going. Would the serial killer be caught? Would the FBI solve the murders, or would it be small-town Father/Sheriff Lancaster who saves the day? How many bodies would pile up before the killer was through? I raced along with the characters through twists, turns and surprises. I’m usually good at figuring out what was going to happen in a book, but this book caught me off guard and kept me guessing right until the very end. I felt like I couldn’t walk away from this book. I needed to know what was going to happen. This book was a fully engaging read which left me wanting to read more novels by this author. My ARC copy of this book was an audiobook, so I must make note of the quality of same. The narrator was excellent, weaving between character voices easily. I was pleased with the narrator’s inflection throughout the book as well, easily keeping me engaged in the story. I highly recommend this as an audiobook. Overall, “When the Corn is Waist High” is a top-notch thriller/mystery/serial killer book. It is full of twists and turns, with a bit of humor thrown in. Although I had this as an audiobook, I will be picking up a written copy as well. This book was engaging, entertaining, and hard to walk away from. I highly recommend this for fans of these genres, as well as readers looking to dip their toes into the thriller/mysteries. I feel this book is so engaging it is hard to put down and makes for a quick read. It is a fun take on a serial killer book with twists and turns a reader may not see coming. I recommend that readers pick this book up and join Father Lancaster for this twisty ride. You won’t regret it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    When the Corn is Waist High AUDIO by Jeremy Scott is a compelling serial killer mystery told first person by the Chief of Police. The story takes place in Jerusalem County, Indiana, which when translated means out in the middle of nowhere. This town is so small that the police chief is also the local priest. There are only two churches and one is his independent Catholic church, which means the pope and that hierarchy is not part of their concern. His name is Solomon Lancaster and most of the ti When the Corn is Waist High AUDIO by Jeremy Scott is a compelling serial killer mystery told first person by the Chief of Police. The story takes place in Jerusalem County, Indiana, which when translated means out in the middle of nowhere. This town is so small that the police chief is also the local priest. There are only two churches and one is his independent Catholic church, which means the pope and that hierarchy is not part of their concern. His name is Solomon Lancaster and most of the time he has no problem fulfilling the responsibilities of both positions. The there is a killing. A sweet old lady who had recently donated several thousand dollars to his church. He is called to the scene of the crime where amongst other things, there are lilies sewn into her arm. Very odd. The mayor immediately gets into a panic and swears there's a serial killer on the loose, despite there being only one death. That doesn't last for long, though, as other bodies, appear, all with flowers as part of the staged death scene. Finally the mayor gives up and calls the FBI. Solomon and his staff are pretty much taken off the case, relegated to patrolling the streets. Solomon visits his mentor, the retired priest who had been his best friend since he retired and gave up the position to Solomon. Solomon regularly hears his friend's confession and his friend offers him the same in return. The old man is slowly fading and probably doesn't have much longer. One of the things Solomon confesses is his attraction to a female officer on loan from a nearby town for this case. He is absolved. Then he starts an affair. He hasn't yet confessed that. Bodies keep dropping. The FBI is making no headway. It is an exciting investigation when things start happening. Thom Rivers is the narrator and I don't know if he is a talented actor or simply the perfect man to read this book. He sounds kind of slow and plodding, just as people see country folk sometimes. He is perfect. He keeps an even keep no matter what is happening, and plenty happens. Kudos to Mr. Rivers. I was invited to listen to a pre-publication version of the audio book by Dreamscape Media, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #dreamscapemedia #whenthecorniswaisthigh #jeremyscott

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Father to a small Catholic congregation and sheriff to the rural town of Crooked Creek, Indiana, Father Solomon Lancaster is a complicated man who has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. When a string of murders begin targeting the good citizens of Copper Creek it is Sheriff Lancaster who is pressed to make an arrest, while Father Lancaster works to ease the fear of his neighbors and congregation. The beginning of this book was a bit of a struggle for me. On one hand, a Catholic priest who Father to a small Catholic congregation and sheriff to the rural town of Crooked Creek, Indiana, Father Solomon Lancaster is a complicated man who has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. When a string of murders begin targeting the good citizens of Copper Creek it is Sheriff Lancaster who is pressed to make an arrest, while Father Lancaster works to ease the fear of his neighbors and congregation. The beginning of this book was a bit of a struggle for me. On one hand, a Catholic priest who swears a lot is quite different but his lack of basic police protocol was a head scratcher. I listened to this book in audiobook form and listening to Thom Riviera felt like I was listening to a diary not a book. Written in a first person point of view from Solomon Lancaster's thoughts and internal musings, the way it was written allows the reader some surprises along the way. However, the ending of the book was rather predictable and the circumstances that lead the serial killer to escape detection was too convenient. The final punch at the end did shock me and also explained away some doubt I had throughout the earlier pieces of the story. Now, why 3 stars and not 4? As a woman there is a certain clique that often happens in male written stories that I absolutely can not stand. That clique is when a female character turns to a male character and utters the ridiculous question, "What are we going to do?" in exasperation. The male character then forms a plan to fix whatever the problem is while the woman has no input into the solution. This exact scenario happens in the middle of the story and it frustrated me to no end. Overall the story was dark, gritty and enjoyable even though it grasped at some strays and stuck to a clique I hope eventually fades into oblivion. Thank you author Jeremy Scott, publisher Dreamscape Media and @Netgalley for giving me access to an audiobook ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Hammond

    This book is one of those books where things happen that you (most likely) won’t ever see coming. It’s gruesome and unapologetic, and I definitely liked that! It’s the early 1980’s. In a small community in Crooked Creek, Indiana, where everyone knows everyone else, a series of violent murders takes place. Father Solomon Lancaster, a priest at the community Catholic church and the town’s sheriff, finds himself on the forefront of the entire investigation. Soon enough he finds that he is fighting t This book is one of those books where things happen that you (most likely) won’t ever see coming. It’s gruesome and unapologetic, and I definitely liked that! It’s the early 1980’s. In a small community in Crooked Creek, Indiana, where everyone knows everyone else, a series of violent murders takes place. Father Solomon Lancaster, a priest at the community Catholic church and the town’s sheriff, finds himself on the forefront of the entire investigation. Soon enough he finds that he is fighting to match wits with the serial killer who is butchering up the town. He’s also fighting to prove his law credentials to the FBI who has sent profilers and analysts who take the little town to task. Still, everyone has their secrets and Father Solomon isn’t immune. Although he protects the secrets he knows from the community, they may come to light if the murders and investigation continue on. He also finds that the innocent have dark sides as well. I really, really can’t tell you about this book. It’s like walking on eggshells trying to communicate too much about what it’s about and things that happen. I’ll let you know that it has some really good action going on. It’s a little slow at times in the beginning but that doesn’t last long and then you are really in the thick of the story and gore. I really enjoyed this book. It’s one that I wasn’t expecting at all. I listened to the audio book on this one as I got a review copy from NetGalley and it took the story to new heights and made it that more creepy and real. I definitely recommend it if you can. The narrator is excellent. All in all this is a great story for fans of serial killer novels. Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, the author, and anyone else that had even the slightest thing to do with me getting to early review this book. Thank you!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashleah

    When the Corn is Waist High is a mystery/thriller by Jeremy Scott with tons of dry humor. The eBook version is 294 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in just shy of nine hours and is narrated wondrously by Thom Rivera. We follow our main character with a first-person point-of-view. Sometime in the 1980s, Father Solomon Lancaster is both the elected sheriff and the priest of the community Catholic church in Crooked Creek, Indiana, though he may have lied on his resume a bit. Up unti When the Corn is Waist High is a mystery/thriller by Jeremy Scott with tons of dry humor. The eBook version is 294 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in just shy of nine hours and is narrated wondrously by Thom Rivera. We follow our main character with a first-person point-of-view. Sometime in the 1980s, Father Solomon Lancaster is both the elected sheriff and the priest of the community Catholic church in Crooked Creek, Indiana, though he may have lied on his resume a bit. Up until a series of murders begin occurring in their small town, he was able to keep his two jobs fairly separate. But once FBI agents, analysts, and profilers take the town--and the case--by storm, things get a little muddy. And Father Lancaster isn't really all that he seems. This was a really fun read! I laughed out loud several times. There are also several "recipes" in this book as well. If you don't like swear words, this book is not for you because Father Lancaster has a mouth like a sailor. There's a twist at the 60% mark that was one of my potential theories but the one I least expected. This book would be good for fans of absurdist mysteries/thrillers like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich or Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto. Thom Rivera is an amazing narrator! His voices for the different characters were very captivating and I'm definitely going to look into other books he has done the narration for in the future. Tropes in this book include: serial killer, unreliable narrator CW: cheating, murder, death Special thanks to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for providing an audio ARC of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. When the Corn is Waist High releases on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of eBook Although he doesn’t yet know it, when Sheriff Solomon Lancaster finds a lily stem sewn into the arm of eighty-four-year-old Tina Hillary . . . who’s lying dead on her kitchen floor, cradling the flower in her hand . . . it’s the beginning of a series of weird murders in Crooked Creek, Indiana. Not surprisingly, the sheriff, who is also the priest serving at the Jerusalem Independent Catholic Church, finds himself at odds with Mayor Sean Burke, who is determined to call in the FBI [ Review of eBook Although he doesn’t yet know it, when Sheriff Solomon Lancaster finds a lily stem sewn into the arm of eighty-four-year-old Tina Hillary . . . who’s lying dead on her kitchen floor, cradling the flower in her hand . . . it’s the beginning of a series of weird murders in Crooked Creek, Indiana. Not surprisingly, the sheriff, who is also the priest serving at the Jerusalem Independent Catholic Church, finds himself at odds with Mayor Sean Burke, who is determined to call in the FBI [which he does] despite the fact that one body does not signify a serial killer. Nevertheless, the mayor arranges for the loan of four officers from nearby departments to assist in the investigation. It isn’t long before another body turns up, this time with daffodils replacing the young girl’s hands. As the killer terrorizes the town, the FBI takes over the investigation. Murder victims continue to appear, each sporting flowers. Can Sheriff/Father Lancaster solve the mystery of the murderer without revealing his own secrets? ========= Set in the 1980s in a rural farm town, the story is grim and dark, featuring several gruesome murders. As the story unfolds, there’s a LOT of discussion about food. The wise-cracking sheriff/priest serves as narrator for the telling of this tale; his predilection toward swearing, however, is a bit difficult to accept. [And the gratuitous use of an offensive expletive lowers the rating for the book.] A bit of romance, several interesting characters, and plot twists that are sure to surprise the reader all help to keep the pages turning. About two-thirds of the way through the story, a plot twist changes everything for the reader and the denouement is likely to surprise everyone. Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Molloy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so not going to lie; it took me a while to get into this book. It was an insta-buy for me because I love the author and his other works. But when I started the read, the pacing felt very slow. I kept reading because the MC was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Then the plot twist happened. When it was revealed that the MC (of which this story was told in first-person POV) was the killer behind everything, I was hooked. It was terrific how Scott managed to keep the information that the M Okay, so not going to lie; it took me a while to get into this book. It was an insta-buy for me because I love the author and his other works. But when I started the read, the pacing felt very slow. I kept reading because the MC was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Then the plot twist happened. When it was revealed that the MC (of which this story was told in first-person POV) was the killer behind everything, I was hooked. It was terrific how Scott managed to keep the information that the MC was a killer from us despite having it be in first-person. But if you look back, everything made sense, and if I were to re-read the book, I'm sure some clues pointed to it. At first, I didn't like Solomon for his actions (cheating with a married woman), but he was such a well-written character that I overlooked that fact. And then when he shanked her after she discovered his murder stuff, well, my face dropped. But like I said, I was invested. Now I wanted to know how the bok would end with him trying to catch the killer, but the killer was himself! And boy, did I not see the ending coming. Okay, so I predicted a bit that he would plant the evidence on someone else, and he did. I didn't think he'd get away with it, but he did, and it made sense. But what really blew my mind was the even bigger double twist of the story that happened right at the end. I did not see that coming. All I know is that I'll be thinking about that last chapter for days. For the twists, I recommend it—you for sure need to see how the MC did everything and why. The pacing picked up once the first twist was revealed, so that was great. And the MC is really fun to read. Scott really knows how to write his characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tara Minor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Like another reviewer mentioned, I really wanted to like this book. I am a huge fan of Cinemasins, which often has me laughing out loud, and I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I didn't find it funny. It was so dry as to be boring most of the way through. I persevered, though, out of a sense of loyalty to Jeremy Scott (who is also from my hometown of Nashville). Perhaps the most disappointing element of the book is that Solomon Lancaster was a complex character, working to keep Like another reviewer mentioned, I really wanted to like this book. I am a huge fan of Cinemasins, which often has me laughing out loud, and I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I didn't find it funny. It was so dry as to be boring most of the way through. I persevered, though, out of a sense of loyalty to Jeremy Scott (who is also from my hometown of Nashville). Perhaps the most disappointing element of the book is that Solomon Lancaster was a complex character, working to keep his role as priest and sheriff distinct but interwoven in his care for his fellow townsfolk. There's a complex dynamic in play here, even as the book tries for a light, comedic tone. I found myself drifting off during the audiobook, ruminating about the contradictions of those roles, and how a man of faith would hold them both, especially as he works in the town to carry out his extracurricular holy mission. Unfortunately, the complexity of the character, and the most interesting part of the book, was completely undone by the final reveal. **Spoiler** Solomon Lancaster is neither a priest nor, in fact, Solomon Lancaster (although he is the sheriff). This reveal dismantles the complexity of the character and leaves the book flat -- Solomon becomes just another serial killer conman. How much more interesting and challenging it would have been if he had in fact been a priest (even if not actually Solomon Lancaster). I can't help but feel that Scott was more interested in reveling in the surprise ending than in creating a truly interesting character. And that's his right, of course, but it leaves the reader worse off for it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    I'm not quite sure what to think about Jeremy Scott's serial killer novel set in Indiana, "When the Corn is Waist High". As a born and bred Hoosier of almost 70 years, I was offended and disappointed in the way the author portrayed rural Hoosiers as bumpkins and dullards. And, I'm not sure where he got the idea that the Hoosier accent is a combination of Minnesotan and a Southern drawl, but that's not even close. I worked hard to not let my feelings about the author's dismissal of my fellow Hoos I'm not quite sure what to think about Jeremy Scott's serial killer novel set in Indiana, "When the Corn is Waist High". As a born and bred Hoosier of almost 70 years, I was offended and disappointed in the way the author portrayed rural Hoosiers as bumpkins and dullards. And, I'm not sure where he got the idea that the Hoosier accent is a combination of Minnesotan and a Southern drawl, but that's not even close. I worked hard to not let my feelings about the author's dismissal of my fellow Hoosiers color my opinion of what is a pretty good thriller. The protagonist is the sheriff of a small Indiana town and also the town's Catholic priest. I'll give author Scott props for an imaginative character combo there. The small, quiet town is suddenly besieged with strange killings that border on serial. The murderer is leaving behind a variety of flowers on the various dead bodies that become unanswered clues. Soon, it's clear to the mayor that the sheriff/priest is not capable of solving the murders, so he petitions the governor for help from the FBI. As the body count increases neither the sheriff nor the FBI are any closer to finding the killer. Scott throws in an illicit love affair and other red herrings into a plot that takes a couple of really imaginative turns in the last half of the book. If you're not a Hoosier and you like a quick thriller to read, then I think you'll like "When the Corn is Waist High". 3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Nickels

    “When the Corn is Waist High” tells the story of a 1980’s small town in rural Indiana that experiences the horror of a series of grisly murders. The story is told in first person by a smart-alecky, wisecracking Police Chief who also happens to be a Roman Catholic priest. Something different, eh? And that is not nearly the strange part of this serial murder story that also happens to be humorous as well. I shan’t detail any more of the storyline lest I give away some of the surprises that unfold “When the Corn is Waist High” tells the story of a 1980’s small town in rural Indiana that experiences the horror of a series of grisly murders. The story is told in first person by a smart-alecky, wisecracking Police Chief who also happens to be a Roman Catholic priest. Something different, eh? And that is not nearly the strange part of this serial murder story that also happens to be humorous as well. I shan’t detail any more of the storyline lest I give away some of the surprises that unfold from chapter to chapter. I give Jeremy Scott, the author, a whole lotta credit for a creative “voice” in this novel…(assuming this narrative is, indeed, fiction?! My tastes in mysteries and suspense stories leans heavily towards higher-level fiction and so Mr. Scott’s book is not my style. I also did not appreciate the gratuitous and misplaced use of foul language: I am no prude but cussing should fit the personality and not just tossed in for shock effect. Only other criticism is that I like mysteries that carry me along till near the end of the tale. We learn fairly early who the bad guy(s) is/are. I am glad I listened to “When the Corn is Waste High” at no charge due to the kindness of NetGalley and their audiobooks offerings. Mr. Scott is a talented writer and will find a sizable fandom for his writing efforts. So…not for me but may be for y’all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    😑 MEEP. Father Solomon Lancaster - priest and sheriff in the tiny town in Indiana called Crooked Creek. He should be neither. A serial killer is on the loose and has a trademark for each killing. In such a small town where not a lot usually happens, he finds himself ill equipped in solving these murders. So now what? Ok - what I liked. There were some pretty funny moments that I chuckled at (chuckled? twice I've used this word this week - I'm turning into my Dad). I liked that Father/Sheriff was f 😑 MEEP. Father Solomon Lancaster - priest and sheriff in the tiny town in Indiana called Crooked Creek. He should be neither. A serial killer is on the loose and has a trademark for each killing. In such a small town where not a lot usually happens, he finds himself ill equipped in solving these murders. So now what? Ok - what I liked. There were some pretty funny moments that I chuckled at (chuckled? twice I've used this word this week - I'm turning into my Dad). I liked that Father/Sheriff was fallible in his humanity and, at times, his faith. I didn't even mind that he cussed a lot - some of my closest friends do the same. *smirk* What I didn't care for - the reveal, saw it coming from miles and miles of farmland away. Didn't care for the reasoning behind everything but that's a personal preference that unfortunately lends to my womp womp review. I also have a pet peeve where the book ends with "The End". I don't know why this irks me so much. I can't decide if I was ok with Father/Sheriff narrating directly to the reader. It almost made this feel a bit satirical or on the comedy/thriller side and I'm just unsure how that falls for me. Maybe a zillion books I've read does this but for some reason it really stood out in this one. I really, really wanted to like this more than I did. Uff.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Geary (KagedBooks)

    ARC Review – Expected Release April 24, 2022. When the Corn is Waist is a murder mystery that takes place in a 1980’s small town in rural Indiana where a series of murders start taking place and Father Solomon Lancaster, who is both the local Catholic priest and the small-town sheriff must start uncovering truths and try and stay a step ahead of the FBI who don’t believe the small town cops can handle the work. For me there were some interesting pieces of the story along the way, but as a whole ARC Review – Expected Release April 24, 2022. When the Corn is Waist is a murder mystery that takes place in a 1980’s small town in rural Indiana where a series of murders start taking place and Father Solomon Lancaster, who is both the local Catholic priest and the small-town sheriff must start uncovering truths and try and stay a step ahead of the FBI who don’t believe the small town cops can handle the work. For me there were some interesting pieces of the story along the way, but as a whole it didn’t do much for me. The major twist wasn’t that shocking felt like it was out there in the first chapter, and the characters and timeline of events didn’t seem realistic to me. I’m sure there are many who will enjoy this book, I just wanted more from what sounded like a promising premise. The Narrator, Thom Rivera, did a great job with this book. He kept me engaged in a book that I may have DNF’d if reading traditional text. Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for providing me with a chance to get in on this book early. I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    4.5/5 Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When the corn is waist high is about Solomon Lancaster, the local sheriff and also the priest at the local Catholic church. His small Indiana town is shaken to the core when someone is murdered in a particularly gruesome way... and then more and more bodies continue to show up. Father Lancaster finds himself in a weird place as he is trying to shepherd the town through t 4.5/5 Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When the corn is waist high is about Solomon Lancaster, the local sheriff and also the priest at the local Catholic church. His small Indiana town is shaken to the core when someone is murdered in a particularly gruesome way... and then more and more bodies continue to show up. Father Lancaster finds himself in a weird place as he is trying to shepherd the town through this crisis, but also trying to help solve the mystery of this serial killer. I was completely taken by surprise by this story more than once. I enjoyed being in Father Lancaster's head as he's trying to navigate this weird juxtaposition of his two vastly different roles. The mystery was incredibly intriguing-- as the bodies continued to show up, I found myself coming up with all kinds of scenarios of how these people could be linked to one another and what on earth could be motivating this killer. Once we get to the big mid-twist of the book, I enjoyed how the tone shifts from this sort of light-hearted investigation into a supremely gritty look into a killer's motivations and methods. The drastic change in tone was SO compelling and I was just completely and incredibly impressed with the author's talent in making these two very different halves of the book feel cohesive and yet completely different from one another. And that ending????? I genuinely haven't stopped thinking about it for a week. The narrator was amazing. He did a great job of following the author's lead-- the narration was different between the two halves of the book. I appreciated his talent in moving from the small town crime investigation into the twisted thoughts and minds of a killer. Highly recommend for anyone who loves a true crime type story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Doran

    This thriller is set in a small, rural town in Indiana. Father Lancaster serves as both a priest and the sheriff when a case of serial murders arises. The bodies are left maimed with different types of flowers placed at each crime scene. As the story unfolds the author explores how trust and who you give it to can ultimately make or break a person. I enjoyed the narration by the potty mouthed priest because I think it is a perfect example of how hypocritical overly religious small town people of This thriller is set in a small, rural town in Indiana. Father Lancaster serves as both a priest and the sheriff when a case of serial murders arises. The bodies are left maimed with different types of flowers placed at each crime scene. As the story unfolds the author explores how trust and who you give it to can ultimately make or break a person. I enjoyed the narration by the potty mouthed priest because I think it is a perfect example of how hypocritical overly religious small town people often are in real life. While Lancaster is listening to the confessions of members of the community, no one suspects the secrets he himself keeps. The plot moved along at a good pace and flowed seamlessly up until the twist about halfway through. I became less invested near the last quarter of the book because I felt like the ending was going to be predictable. Ultimately, it was and it wasn’t in that the basic outcome I expected happened, with a slight shock at in the last chapter. All in all, I didn’t love it but it was still an enjoyable read. Shoutout to NetGalley for letting me get an early listen!

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