Search Results: "Bill Crider"


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OF ALL SAD WORDS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"Shrewd, low-key Sheriff Dan (Murder Among the O.W.L.S., 2007, etc.) remains an engaging lawman who runs his tiny department with all the professionalism of the 87th Precinct."
Sheriff Dan Rhodes must cope with bootlegging, murder and a dazzling fictional alter ego. 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 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 >

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THE TEXAS CAPITOL MURDERS by Bill Crider
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"634, etc.)."
A lighthearted look behind the dignified facade of the state capitol in Austin, Texas, where the strangled body of pretty, promiscuous Ramona Gonzalez, one of the building's cleaners, has been found in a basement hamper. Read full book review >

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WINNING CAN BE MURDER by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1996

"But those who look for animated characters and a bit of suspense in their whodunits won't find 'em in this flat-footed outing."
The usual torpor in Clearview, Texas, where Sheriff Dan Rhodes runs the tiny police force (Murder Most Fowl, 1994, etc.), has given way to football fever as the Clearview Catamounts, the high school team, beat the Garton Greyhounds—one more victory and the Catamounts could be headed for the State level. Read full book review >

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THE WILD HOG MURDERS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Forget the wayward plotting and enjoy laconic, sardonic Sheriff Dan at the top of his game."
Welcome to Blacklin County, Texas, where hogs run wild, and murder hogs the spotlight. Read full book review >

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SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The ambling plot makes room for a few sharp deductions and the usual mild humor—nothing to frighten the horses or raise fans' blood pressure."
A string of low-level burglaries plagues Blacklin County, Texas, spelling trouble for Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies (Between the Living and the Dead, 2015, etc.) and two dead men. Read full book review >

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MURDER UNDER BLUE SKIES by Willard Scott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 1998

"Just the sort of mild, sunny whodunit you'd expect from celebrity weatherman Scott, who just happens to write exactly like his good-humored collaborator Crider (The Prairie Chicken Kill, 1996, etc.). (Mystery Guild selection)"
Ever wondered what would happen if America's most beloved weathercaster retired to his Virginia hometown and opened a bed and breakfast? 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 >