Bill Crider

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Death By Accident
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,080. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes' cases usually concern the bad boys of rural Blacklin County, or the slightly wacky citizens who are causing trouble that tends to be funny rather than criminal. At first the dead man floating in the old swimming pool at the edge of town seems to have been an accident victim — a staggering drunk tumbling into the water — but Rhodes and his small staff soon uncover murder.
Winning Can Be Murder
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,430. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It's been a while since Sheriff Dan Rhodes's football days, but things haven't really changed, at least not with state playoffs coming up and excitement for the local high school team heating up to a fever pitch. But then coach Brady Meredith is found shot to death in his car, and his murder leads to troublesome rumors concerning illegal betting and black market steroids.
Murder Most Fowl
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,860. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Dan Rhodes investigates a murder that may or may not be related to a recent wave of emu-rustling. For an officer of the law, Blacklin County, Texas, used to be pretty peaceful, but now, what with the emu-rustling, cockfights, and protests at the new Wal-Mart store — not to mention murder — Sheriff Dan Rhodes has his hands full.
Evil at the Root - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,610. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In this latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes adventure, Bill Crider sends the small-town Texas lawman to investigate the apparent theft of a set of false teeth from one of the elderly residents of the Sunny Dale Nursing Home. The case, which begins as one merely embarrassing ("Ah ain't got no TEEF!") quickly turns serious when the owner of the missing dentures, one Lloyd Bobbit, is found suffocated.
Booked for a Hanging - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Series: Dan Rhodes Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,680. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In his sixth adventure, Rhodes is confronted with what seems at first to be a suicide: the body of a man newly arrived in the county is found hanged in the dilapidated building he has taken over for his business. Simon Graham was a rare-book dealer. The presumed suicide begins to look more and more like murder when several newcomers swoop down on the scene and try to find a valuable rare book.
Death on the Move - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Series: Dan Rhodes Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,680. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Someone in Blacklin County, Texas, is being disrespectful of the dead, and Sheriff Dan Rhodes must put a stop to it. There's the matter of the bodies at Ballinger's Funeral Home and the apparent misplacing of their valuables; the bereaved are beside themselves. There'd best be immediate action or the bell could toll again, this time for Sheriff Dan's reputation as the guardian of justice.
Cursed to Death - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Series: Dan Rhodes Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,800. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In tiny Blacklin County, Texas, a curse is nothing more than a four-letter word hollered in a barroom or muttered in the heat. So Sheriff Dan Rhodes is more curious than concerned when he dutifully responds to a complaint of witchcraft. For Rhodes, it means there's a bad moon rising over Blacklin County.
Shotgun Saturday Night - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Series: Dan Rhodes Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,230. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it's going to be a bad day when Bert Ramsey arrives at the jail with a neatly wrapped arm and lays it on Dan's desk. He has another out in the truck, he tells the sheriff, and "a couple of legs, too, but they don't match up." Then there's the tattoo, and the motorcycle gang, "Los Muertos," and Dan Rhodes is in up to his boot-tops.
Too Late To Die - A Dan Rhodes Mystery
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Series: Dan Rhodes Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,860. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Everyone knew her. A lot of them like her. One of them killed her. Jeanne Clinton was a pretty and well-liked woman—though in her younger days she'd been known to be a bit wild. But she married an older man and settled down to a quiet, respectable life. Now she is dead, brutally murdered in her home.
Dead Soldiers
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Series: Carl Burns Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,440. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Someone has stolen several valuable toy soldiers from the collection of the dean of a small liberal arts school. The dean asks Carl Burns, Chair of the English Department, to look into things. Then a college board member is killed, and one of the stolen soldiers is found at the scene.
...A Dangerous Thing
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Series: Carl Burns Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,940. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Professor Carl Burns knew the new dean wasn't going to work out when she bought the two goats. And that was the least of the problems. Hartley Gorman College was being attacked - with a vengeance - by the forces of political correctness, and the new dean was an unreconstructed hippie. Tom Henderson's fatal fall through a window definitely wasn't part of the planned curriculum.
Dying Voices
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Series: Carl Burns Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,130. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Pecan City, Texas, is a quiet, uneventful town. Hartley Gorman is a sedate, fundamentalist college. English professor Carl Burns is about to begin yet another year in such a place, with only the eccentricities of his fellow teachers to entertain him. Even Burns, perpetual worrier that he is, envisions the worst of his problems to be the pigeons that have roosted in the attic above his office.
One Dead Dean - A Carl Burns Mystery
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Series: Carl Burns Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,000. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Hartley Gorman College, in Pecan City, Texas, is hardly a bastion of serious scholarship. The little Baptist school is more interested in shielding its students from the evil influence of The World, The Flesh, and The Devil than in turning out future Nobelists. When the Dean is found bludgeoned to death at his desk, things get interesting.
Blood Marks
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,500. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
He's smart, he's attractive, and he has a special vision: whenever he sees the blood marks on a woman--marks only he can see--he knows what he must do. Kill her. Brutally. And not leave a trace of himself behind.
Murder Takes a Break - A Truman Smith Mystery
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Series: Truman Smith Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,480. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In Murder Takes a Break, Galveston, Texas principal investigator Truman Smith loathes missing person cases because they either end up badly for his clients, or the person does not want to be found. So only as a personal favor to his friend Dino would Tru accept the case of missing college student, Randall Kirbo, who disappeared in the area while on Spring break nine months ago.
The Prairie Chicken Kill
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Series: Truman Smith Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,160. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
That Truman Smith was sitting in a frayed lawn chair reading an old paperback copy of Tobacco Road was not remarkable. And strange as it sounds, it wasn't particularly noteworthy that someone wanted Smith to look into the murder of a prairie chicken; after all, he'd investigated and solved the murder of an alligator, hadn't he?
When Old Men Die
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Series: Truman Smith Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,200. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Truman "Tru" Smith is a PI who'd rather be reading Faulkner or fishing on his beloved Galveston Island than solving mysteries, so when his friend Dino asks for help, Tru at first demurs. With some not-very-subtle arm twisting, Dino finally persuades Tru to investigate the disappearance of Old Harry, a homeless vagrant whom Dino and his family have "adopted."
Gator Kill
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Series: Truman Smith Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,250. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
After he failed to find his missing sister, whose remains finally turned up in a bag in an overgrown field, Texas PI Truman Smith retired to become a housepainter on Galveston Island. But when an alligator is killed and its carcass left on display on a family friend's property, Tru is persuaded to search for the culprit.
Dead on the Island
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Series: Truman Smith Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,480. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
PI Truman Smith has become a loner after failing to find his sister Jan during a recent search of Galveston Island. He jogs on the Seawall, plays with his cat, and reads lots of Faulkner books. Then an old high school football buddy, Dino, asks him to find a young girl named Sharon. As Tru begins his investigation, dead bodies begin to appear and Tru himself wrapped up in a dark mystery.
The Nighttime is the Right Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,500. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Short fiction from the author of the popular Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. In these 11 previously published tales, we meet a detective who also happens to be a werewolf; investigate two separate missing-animal cases; tag along with series characters Carl Burns (the amateur-sleuth English teacher) and Dan Rhodes; watch Elvis Presley hunting a vampire; and a handful of other interesting puzzles.
Ryan Rides Back
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,230. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Bill Kane was going to hang for murdering Ryan's sister... After three long years, folks were shocked Ryan would show his face after abandoning his sister. Others were amazed that he was back at all. No man could have survived that night in Shatter's Grove. Ryan was no ordinary man. Tularosa was in for more shocks and surprises, because he was back for the real truth behind his sister's murder.
A Time for Hanging
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,610. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Lizzie Randall, the preacher's daughter, is murdered. The men of the west Texas town are set on lynching Paco Morales, a Mexican teenager who happened to be in the vicinity. In the end justice is served. The list of suspects grows to include almost everyone in the story...
Medicine Show
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,160. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Ray Storey plays the role of Kit Carson in Col. A. J. Mahaffey's Authentic Medicine Show. Storey's using his job with the show to travel around the country to look for the men who killed his parents, and of course there's a showdown in the end. Also accompanying the show are an alcoholic doctor and the colonel's daughter.

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