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Dead Soldiers
Bill Crider
141040224X
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Carl Burns just wants to be chair of the English Department at Hartley-Gorman College, a small liberal-arts school in Pecan City, Texas. But if you solve one crime in a small town, as Burns has done, folks think you can solve 'em all--as when some collectible lead soldiers disappear, and Carl is asked by his boss, the dean of the college and the owner of the collection, to help find the missing soldiers pilfered at a party at the dean's house. But before Carl can investigate the theft, a former teacher at the college is shot and a missing toy soldier is left at the scene--throwing Carl into an uneasy partnership with Boss Napier, Pecan City's police chief and Carl's rival for the affections of the school librarian. Crider, known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, unerringly re-creates the claustrophobic atmosphere of a...


A Mammoth Murder
Bill Crider
0312323875
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Brisk and funny dialogue propels Crider's diverting 13th mystery to feature Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes (after 2003's Red, White, and Blue Murder). When a dead body turns up in a Blacklin County forest better known for its bigfoot sightings, Rhodes hopes the murderer won't be as hard to catch as the legendary monster itself. One morning, town character Bud Turley alerts the sheriff that he's found bigfoot's tooth in a patch of woods notable mainly for its feral pigs—and for a local boy having disappeared there years back. When the fossil tooth proves to be that of a mammoth, Rhodes isn't surprised, but when the corpse turns out to be Turley's best friend—and when another murder takes place nearby, not long after—things really get complicated. Turley, meanwhile, has already summoned amateur bigfoot...


Mammoth Murder
Bill Crider
0786286563
July 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Brisk and funny dialogue propels Crider's diverting 13th mystery to feature Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes (after 2003's Red, White, and Blue Murder). When a dead body turns up in a Blacklin County forest better known for its bigfoot sightings, Rhodes hopes the murderer won't be as hard to catch as the legendary monster itself. One morning, town character Bud Turley alerts the sheriff that he's found bigfoot's tooth in a patch of woods notable mainly for its feral pigs—and for a local boy having disappeared there years back. When the fossil tooth proves to be that of a mammoth, Rhodes isn't surprised, but when the corpse turns out to be Turley's best friend—and when another murder takes place nearby, not long after—things really get complicated. Turley, meanwhile, has already summoned amateur bigfoot...


Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales of Irish Mayhem
Martin H. Greenberg
0517221551
February 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Celtic culture is full of deep tradition and intense passion--from the legends of ghosts and banshees to blood feuds, these are the ingredients of great story-telling. In Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales of Irish Mayhem, you will find thrilling tales of mystery and intrigue with an Irish flair. Here is the lore of the good and the bad, the light and the dark sides of human nature, mixed with the ancient Irish traditions. Stories like the "The Dublin Eye," "So Where've You Buried the Missus Then Paddy!" and "Stealing the Dark" will entertain and spook you to your heart" delight.

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Celtic culture is full of deep tradition and intense passion--from the legends of ghosts and banshees to blood feuds, these are the ingredients of...


The Mysterious West
Tony Hillerman (Editor)
0061092622
November 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA?Prime-cut short stories from some of the best contemporary mystery writers, including Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller, Wendy Hornsby, J.A. Jance, and Dana Stabenow. The Western settings range from the bleak, rugged land of the Dakotas to ice-locked Alaska; from the misty coast of California to the flat Texas landscape. Heroes and heroines include a runaway wife determined to seek justice for her father's death; a detective in search of two elusive young boys; and Midnight Louie, a cat who saves a young girl's life. This stunning collection, selected and introduced by Hillerman, offers readers some wonderful choices in fiction. Each story is strikingly different in tempo, plot, and setting, yet each is part of and contributes to the diversified world of the mysterious West.?Pam Spencer, Chapel Square Media...


A Romantic Way to Die
Bill Crider
0373264402
Dec 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Clearview, Tex., may seem a far cry from the shire-like coziness of England, but it has its smalltown gossips and eccentrics, even a ghost who for some reason prefers the county jail to a gloomy mansion, in Crider's 11th easy-going Sheriff Dan Rhodes procedural (Too Late to Die; Shotgun Saturday Night; etc.). Rhodes is a likable, low-key lawman, tough as, and when, he has to be. In this case he finds himself investigating two murders at a convention of romance novelists who have arrived in Blackin County. One of the victims is Terry Don Coslin, beefcake male star of many a paperback cover, who grew up in the county. Except for his apparently having slept with almost every woman at the convention, it's unclear why anyone wanted Terry Don dead. The first victim, Henrietta Bayam, is another story. Cattily, she let...


Dead Soldiers
Bill Crider
0786271043
Dec 2004
Large Print Hardcover
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From Booklist
Carl Burns just wants to be chair of the English Department at Hartley-Gorman College, a small liberal-arts school in Pecan City, Texas. But if you solve one crime in a small town, as Burns has done, folks think you can solve 'em all--as when some collectible lead soldiers disappear, and Carl is asked by his boss, the dean of the college and the owner of the collection, to help find the missing soldiers pilfered at a party at the dean's house. But before Carl can investigate the theft, a former teacher at the college is shot and a missing toy soldier is left at the scene--throwing Carl into an uneasy partnership with Boss Napier, Pecan City's police chief and Carl's rival for the affections of the school librarian. Crider, known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, unerringly re-creates the claustrophobic atmosphere of a...


Red, White and Blue Murder
Bill Crider
1587245558
December 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Sheriff Dan Rhodes or of just plain good storytelling will cheer Crider's 12th entry (after 2001's A Romantic Way to Die) in this dryly humorous series. This time around, the Texas lawman must face accusations of corruption from ambitious Clearview Herald reporter Jennifer Loam. Loam's source also fingers some of Blacklin County's commissioners, who may have been taking bribes. Rhodes easily clears himself, but takes a harder look at Loam's other allegations when her source, commissioner Grat Bilson, turns up murdered in the ashes of a burned-down house. Soon the suspects pop up like bluebonnets in the spring. There's commissioner and good ol' boy deluxe Jay Beaman and contractor Ralph Oliver, who supposedly bribed Beaman. Rhodes further learns that Bilson's wife, Yvonne, had been fooling around with...


Death by Horoscope
Anne Perry (Editor)
0786711531
June 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Fidelma placed no great reliance on astrologers, for it was a science which seemed to rely solely on the interpretive ability of the individual," says Peter Tremayne in the first entry in this all-original anthology of mystery stories on the common theme of reading the stars. A few tales later a character in Edward Marston's "The Sea Horse" says astrologers are "complete crooks." Even Edgar-winner Perry admits in her introduction that she doesn't believe in horoscopes unless "they tell me that I am unique and exciting and my destiny is full of wonderful things." Within those bounds of tolerance for the subject, most readers should find an attitude to sympathize with and a story or two to relish for its wit and good writing. Tremayne's contribution, for example, stars his wonderful creation, seventh-century...


Cat Crimes I, II, III
Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)
1567312780
September 1998
Hardcover
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A Bond with Death
Bill Crider
0312322968
November 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In Crider's third Sally Good mystery (after 2002's A Knife in the Back), the funny, pedantic, unlucky-in-love English professor, whose late husband was related to 17th-century Salem "witch" Sarah Good, must prove she's innocent of the murder of Harold Curtin, a small, dirty, bearded sot nicknamed the Garden Gnome, who'd been fired from his tenured position at Hughes Community College. Universally despised and the only teacher ever to fail his student evaluations, Curtin was out to make trouble over a much needed bond issue for the college. He had enlisted the "Mothers against Witchcraft" to bring down Dr. Good, whom he blamed for his dismissal. Extracts from the transcripts of the 1692 trial of Sarah Good for witchcraft provide a fascinating counterpoint to the present-day action. Suspects include a whole school...


Dead Soldiers
Bill Crider
159414186X
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Carl Burns just wants to be chair of the English Department at Hartley-Gorman College, a small liberal-arts school in Pecan City, Texas. But if you solve one crime in a small town, as Burns has done, folks think you can solve 'em all--as when some collectible lead soldiers disappear, and Carl is asked by his boss, the dean of the college and the owner of the collection, to help find the missing soldiers pilfered at a party at the dean's house. But before Carl can investigate the theft, a former teacher at the college is shot and a missing toy soldier is left at the scene--throwing Carl into an uneasy partnership with Boss Napier, Pecan City's police chief and Carl's rival for the affections of the school librarian. Crider, known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, unerringly re-creates the claustrophobic atmosphere of a...


A Bond with Death
Bill Crider
1587248689
February 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sally Good's husband has been dead for eight years; his remote ancestor, Sarah Good, died on the scaffold in Salem more than four hundred years ago. Yet the president of Sally's college is afraid the story will reflect badly on them. Sally finds his concern ludicrous, but the college is in a very conservative part of Texas - local citizens are trying to have Harry Potter books removed from the library - and an important bond issue for the college is coming up. Then a former faculty member whose departure Sally was instrumental in securing turns up murdered.


We'll Always Have Murder: A Humphrey Bogart Mystery
Bill Crider
0743475054
October 2003
Hardcover
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