"Elegantly written and tightly constructed, An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock is a compelling and nuanced exploration of race and justice."
--Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
"Shames's superior sixth Samuel Craddock mystery [An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock]...a prequel set possibly during the early 1970s, explores a significant case at the start of the retired police chief's career. Skilled depictions of the lawman's formative choices and emotions enhance a timely story with resonance in the era of Black Lives Matter." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"We know Samuel Craddock as an upstanding man dedicated to justice--but how did he become that man? In An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, readers get the origin story they deserve--and a riveting, timely mystery."
--Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Little Pretty Things
"With a great plot and realistic, unforgettable characters, Terry Shames never disappoints. An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock is a great read. This compelling novel of small-town Texas is full of twists and surprises that highlight the struggles of vivid characters. Shames puts you in the moment as few can, and once you are engaged with the novel, you don't know whether to watch out behind you or to look forward. In response, you simply have to turn the page and keep going." --Reavis Z. Wortham, author of the Red River Mystery series
"The lead's folksy tone belies astute detecting, and the plotting will dazzle readers." --Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"A gritty take on small-town crime." --Booklist
"An amazing read. The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you into a small town and its interesting, secret-carrying residents." --RT Book Reviews
"Shames has come up with a sleuth for the long haul." --Toronto Star
"Following up on her stellar debut, Shames proves that she isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . [Her] grizzled, world-weary Craddock is a nuanced and artfully drawn character who embodies the positive values of small-town Texas as he gets deeper into a multilayered story of trust and betrayal. Jarrett Creek is much more than a backdrop--it's a complex character in the story. Samuel Craddock is a hero worth rooting for. . . . Highly recommended."
--Sheldon Siegel, New York Times-bestselling author (on The Last Death of Jack Harbin)