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Product Details

  • Series: Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Book 20)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641658
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anthony Award–winner Crider’s 20th mystery featuring sheriff Dan Rhodes...offers the usual enjoyable combination of witty help from dispatcher Hack Jensen, minor crises like a hog loose in Hannah Bigelow’s house, the theft of hair extensions from Lonnie Wallace’s Beauty Shack, and a major crime or two....Rhodes, often embarrassingly compared to fictional sheriff Sage Barton, successfully emulates that action hero in the clever and satisfying resolution."—Publishers Weekly
 
"Kudos to Crider for his 20th entry (after Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen)....As expected, humor and comfort are part of the mix."—Library Journal

"Since 1986, Crider of Alvin has been turning out novels in his Dan Rhodes series, about a sheriff in fictional Blacklin County who solves folksy mysteries involving barbershop quartets and beauty parlors. This twentieth installment finds Rhodes dealing with the murder of a college instructor, but  rest assured, the main character still finds time to ruminate about such Texas glories as his beloved—and now discontinued—Dublin Dr Pepper."—Texas Monthly

About the Author

Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and an Edgar Award Finalist. A college English professor for many years, he’s published more than seventy-five crime, Western, and horror novels, as well as a number of children’s books. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas.

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If you haven't read the earlier books, now is the time to start.
Dennis P. Donohoe
These are the perfect blend of interesting mystery, quirky characters, humor, flawless writing.
Grimwig
The series continues to be one of my favorites and I look forward to the next installment.
Ernie Wild

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Blackmon on August 22, 2013
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I have read every book in this series and loved every book. I like the character and the little Texas town. Very believable books! Well written and fast paced and no real fancy csi work or detective's procedures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doc Benton on August 18, 2013
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This series just keeps getting better and better! I particularly love all the detailed, realistic character development. Having Dr. C.P. (Seepy) Benton use Pringles potato chips to teach hyperbolic paraboloids is exactly what I have done in my own math classes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Wild on August 16, 2013
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This isn't one of Crider's best. The plot is very transparent and a couple situations I question. Could it happen (?)......that sort of thing. I won't elaborate and spoil it for other readers. The reason I posted four stars and hedged rather than three and hedged the other way is that Crider is a very engaging writer. For me he is just plain fun to read. This book is no exception. He is always very strong with character and is here also. I wasn't disappointed with the book but it just doesn't seem to me to be up to his usual standard. The series continues to be one of my favorites and I look forward to the next installment. Overall this is an excellent series and I expect it will continue to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Albright-flynn on November 10, 2013
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Sheriff Rhodes has the murder of a local professor to solve, but first he must deal with stolen hair extensions, feral pigs in the kitchen, and find a home for the late professor's cat. This is a mystery filled with charm, humor, and plenty of action.

Bill Crider's books just get better and better. My only regret with this one is that I finished it so fast and now have to wait for the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happyretiree68 on November 3, 2013
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I just started reading these novels on a whim and I'm hooked! The main character is so down-to-earth one wishes he was everyone's Sheriff. The plots are wonderfully wandering- much like real life, I suppose. And the Sheriff is human! He isn't always perfect. Each book is different but the main characters- the jailer and his pal- remain their crotchety selves. These novels are a great read!
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By AirCharcoal on February 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. Bill Crider has an easy writing style, and his characters are everyday people, no superhero cops, no superbrilliant criminals, that make his books interesting and realistic. The end was a little dramatic, but not too far-fetched. I have to say though, the character of Seepy is annoying at times, but he is a math professor, so it's understandable!
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Blacklin County Texas has its own group of people who opt out of society and live in a walled compound. This book looks at what happens when a child raised in this environment hits puberty and wants to meet a girl outside the group and to get more education than his home schooling provided. Although this scenario seems as if politics would be involved the motivation of the compound dwellers is left over Y2K end of the world worry. The scenes set at the local community college involving the faculty and staff are believable especially given the author's experience as a college professor and administrator.

The Sheriff's wife, Ivy, makes and appearance, as does the dispatcher, Hack. The book is a very enjoyable read with the style and humor one expects from this series. I was concerned by the title initially but it does not feature a Waco-type situation.
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Bill Crider kept me interest from 30 seconds in to the end. He knows his academes and is able to take them on but not be stereotypical.
I have been reading Crider's books sine the first back in ........ and I do like each of his series, but Sheriff Dan causes me to stay the story and laugh at some of the eccentrics around him.
Thanks Crider for another good read.
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I was born and brought up in Mexia (that's pronounced Muh-HAY-uh by the natives), Texas, went to college at The University of Texas and North Texas State University, and taught high school and college classes for many years. In 2002 I retired as Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at Alvin Community College, in Alvin, Texas. I'm married to the lovely Judy, and we have two grown children, Angela, who's an attorney in San Francisco, and Allen, who's in the music business in Austin. Other than that, I'm a pretty boring guy.

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