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A Killing At Cotton Hill(2013)
(The first book in the Samuel Craddock Mysteries series)
A novel by Terry Shames
Macavity Awards Best First Novel
The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people had it in for Dora Lee. The conniving rascals on the farm next door want her land for nefarious purposes; her estranged daughter could be seeking vengeance; her grandson wants money for art school; and then there's that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. Does Craddock still have what it takes to find the killer? In this debut novel, the strong, compelling voice of Samuel Craddock illuminates the grandeur and loneliness of the central Texas landscape and reveals the human foibles of the residents in a small Texas town-their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues.
"Readers are going to love[Samuel Craddock] and they'll want to visit him and Jarrett Creek, Texas, often." - Bill Crider
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July 2013 : USA Paperback
July 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition