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Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies patrol Blacklin County, Texas, keeping the citizens safe from burglars, meth-heads, petty thieves, feral hogs, and sometimes even an alligator. Now and then Rhodes gets a bit of assistance from Seepy Benton, a math teacher who thinks he’s a lawman, while being both helped and hindered by his dispatcher, Hack Jensen, and Lawton, the jailer. Although Blacklin County and the little towns in it might seem quiet and unexciting to an outsider, the occasional murder does a lot to liven things up. Sheriff Rhodes has a lot to deal with. He sometimes winds up in serious trouble, but he always comes through in the end. Maybe muddy, maybe bloody, but unbowed.

  • Dead, to Begin With
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    • Dead, to Begin With

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 24)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 23)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 22)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 21)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 20)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

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

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 19)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 18)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 17)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 16)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 (Volume 15)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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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  • Murder Among the OWLS
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    • Murder Among the OWLS

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 14)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Mammoth Murder
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    • A Mammoth Murder

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 13)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

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

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 12)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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 Romantic Way to Die
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    • A Romantic Way to Die

    • Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 11)
      Bill Crider
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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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Bill Crider

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.

Photo: Judy Crider