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Bill Crider

Bill Crider
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Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and an Edgar Award finalist. An English college professor for many years, he’s published more than seventy-five crime, Western, and horror novels, including Compound Murder, Murder of a Beauty Shop QueenWild Hog Murder and Murder in the Air. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas.

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Dead, to Begin With

Dead, to Begin With

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back again in Bill Crider's thrilling Dead, to Begin With.

"Readers will cheer Rhodes along as he sorts through a tangle of old secrets and personal relationships...

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Survivors Will Be Shot Again
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Survivors Will Be Shot Again

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

There's no such thing as a day off for a sheriff. Even in a small Texas town like Clearview, there's always something going on for law enforcement. Still, most days don't involve a run-in with an...

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Between the Living and the Dead
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Between the Living and the Dead

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Life is never easy for Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes. When he is called in the middle of the night to investigate gunshots at a haunted house, Rhodes finds the body of meth dealer Neil Foshee. Recently...

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Half in Love with Artful Death
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Half in Love with Artful Death

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The local community college and an antique dealer team up to have a workshop for artists. One local man, Burt Collins, isn't fond of the art, and he isn't fond of having the artists in town. Sheriff...

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Compound Murder
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Compound Murder

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Small-town Texas sheriff Dan Rhodes is in for another puzzling mystery in this next in the entertaining, award-winning series

Before classes start one morning, the body of English instructor...

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Murder is an Art
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Murder is an Art

Professor Sally Good Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Dr. Sally Good, head of the English and Fine Arts Division of the Hughes Community College in Texas, has her hands full. On top of dealing with the numerous complaints from testy faculty members...

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Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen
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Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Dan Rhodes, sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, is called to the Beauty Shack, where the young and pretty Lynn Ashton has been found dead, bashed over the head with a hairdryer. The owner said Lynn...

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The Wild Hog Murders
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The Wild Hog Murders

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Like most of the rest of Texas, Blacklin County is being overrun with feral hogs that destroy farmland and crops. There's hardly any defense against these pests, but they haven't been the cause of...

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Murder in the Air
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Murder in the Air

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

There's a big stink in Blacklin County, and everyone seems to think Sheriff Dan Rhodes should do something about it. The smell is coming from the giant chicken farm owned by Lester Hamilton. Rhodes...

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Murder in Four Parts
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Murder in Four Parts

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

When Sheriff Dan Rhodes is asked to join the Clearview Barbershop Chorus, he suspects that there's an ulterior motive, mainly because he can't sing a note. He's momentarily distracted by a rogue...

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Of All Sad Words
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Of All Sad Words

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Strangers are moving into Blacklin County, and none of them is any stranger than Seepy Benton, a math teacher whom the county judge suspects is a wild-eyed radical. Benton and Max Schwartz, who has...

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A Mammoth Murder
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A Mammoth Murder

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

One hot summer morning, big, tough Bud Turley brings an enormous tooth into the Blacklin County police station and asks Sheriff Dan Rhodes to keep it for him until the paleontologist from the community...

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Murder Among the OWLS
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Murder Among the OWLS

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

It was the cat who "told" Sheriff Dan Rhodes that something was wrong. It ran into the house when he opened the door. His wife, Ivy, recognized the cat as belonging to their neighbor and told Dan...

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A Bond with Death
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A Bond with Death

Professor Sally Good Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Sally's husband has been dead for eight years; his remote ancestor, the witch Sarah Good, died on the scaffold in Salem more than four hundred years ago. Yet the president of Sally's college is afraid...

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Red, White, and Blue Murder
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Red, White, and Blue Murder

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The 12th mystery featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes. WIth the author's quietly hilarious humor and fine characterization of Rhodes and the other residents of Blacklin County, TX, Crider once more shows...

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A Knife in the Back
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A Knife in the Back

Professor Sally Good Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Dr. Sally Good, chair of the Department of English at Hughes Community College has learned how to cope with the many minor disasters and a couple of major ones, including a murder, that have cropped...

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A Romantic Way to Die
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A Romantic Way to Die

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Bill Crider
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Dan Rhodes, the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, has seen more than his share of strange events during his time in office-most recently he exorcised a ghost from the county jail and he has always...

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