Search Results: "Bill Crider"


BOOK REVIEW

MURDER IN FOUR PARTS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Underplaying has always been the lynchpin of Sheriff Rhodes's charm, but this time the gap between laid-back and boring is perilously narrow."
Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes can't sing a lick. So how come the local barbershop chorus has designs on his baritone? Read full book review >

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MURDER AMONG THE OWLS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"Laconic, wryly amusing Sheriff Dan is in top form in his best excursion in a long time."
As Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, prepares to crack his 14th case (A Mammoth Murder, 2006, etc.), he confronts a cat he'd prefer on someone else's hot tin roof. Read full book review >

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A MAMMOTH MURDER by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2006

"To call Sheriff Rhodes low-key is an understatement. Not for the somnolent."
Just because Bigfoot is nonexistent doesn't mean pursuing him isn't dangerous. Read full book review >

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WHEN OLD MEN DIE by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Shambling and shapeless, with lots of shooting in darkened rooms in lieu of the kind of suspense that might be sparked by your wanting to know what happened to people you care about."
Galveston, Tex., shamus Truman Smith, the slowest-moving of Crider's three series detectives (Gator Kill, 1992, etc.), reluctantly agrees to search for Outside Harry Mercer, a destitute homeless man who turns out to be the most popular fellow on the island. Read full book review >

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BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Like the rest of Crider's long string of Dan Rhodes novels (Half in Love with Artful Deaths, 2014, etc.), the latest keeps you guessing and chuckling."
Another passing strange case for the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"And Rhodes ('Gored'), Burns ('The Santa Claus Caper'), and Smith ('Poo-Poo') all make appearances, lest you forget about the greatest state of all."
Crider (Murder Is an Art, 1999, etc.), the veteran creator of Texas series detectives Dan Rhodes, Carl Burns, and Truman Smith, has collected 11 stories from the past decade (most from the past 5 years) that take him from the Hollywood studio era ("Cap'n Bob and Gus") to the gaming palaces of Europe ("How I Found a Cat, Lost True Love, and Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo"). Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF A CHANCE by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"Low-key and folksy as usual, but every so often—not quite often enough—a bracing thread of acid seeps through all that drollery."
The first sighting was in the jail itself, but before Sheriff Dan Rhodes of tiny Clearview, Texas, can turn ghost-hunter, he's got more corporeal matters to address. Read full book review >

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GATOR KILL by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"Lots of swamp lore and a familiar plot—a sluggish performance, overall, in Crider's laid-back, good ol' boys style."
Crider's laconic part-time Texas p.i. Read full book review >

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DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"As usual in this gently humorous series, Crider pads out the slight mystery with enough anecdotes, updates, and digressions to make fans feel as if they've scarcely been away since Survivors Will Be Shot Again (2016)."
A Christmas Carol comes to Blacklin County, Texas, in the form of a production that leaves Sheriff Dan Rhodes (Survivors Will Be Shot Again, 2016, etc.) wondering just who made Jake Marley a ghost. Read full book review >

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A KNIFE IN THE BACK by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Everyone knows that college teachers are idiots, so it's no surprise that when Dr. Sally Good, chair of the English Department at Hughes Community College (Murder Is an Art, 1999), hears from department gadfly Troy Beauchamp that fellow professor Jack Neville is being questioned in the murder of Hughes trustee Ralph Bostic, her first impulse is to eat a Hershey bar. Read full book review >

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A ROMANTIC WAY TO DIE by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Crider gets his tongue way into his cheek for this lively, funny look at sex, lies, and really good pecs."
"Everyone wants to write a book," Sheriff Dan Rhodes's feisty wife Ivy assures him. Read full book review >