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A Killing at Cotton Hill
by Terry Shames


Overview - In this award-winning debut mystery novel, the chief of police of a small town is also an unreliable drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in to investigate. He discovers that a lot of people may have had it in for Dora Lee--the conniving rascals on the farm next door, her estranged daughter, and her live-in grandson.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this award-winning debut mystery novel, the chief of police of a small town is also an unreliable drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in to investigate. He discovers that a lot of people may have had it in for Dora Lee--the conniving rascals on the farm next door, her estranged daughter, and her live-in grandson. And then there's that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. As Craddock digs to find the identity of the killer, the human foibles of Jarrett Creek's residents--their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues--are also revealed.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616147990
  • ISBN-10: 1616147997
  • Publisher: Seventh Street Books
  • Publish Date: July 2013
  • Page Count: 235
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds

Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Shames’s promising debut, the first in a series, introduces retired police chief Samuel Craddock of Jarrett Creek, Tex., a strong-minded, fairly able-bodied, and firmly decent man in his 60s. After the fatal stabbing of widow Dora Lee Parjeter, Samuel feels compelled to solve her murder, having told her not to be too concerned about someone lurking around her ranch house. When the drunken fool who’s the current police chief decides to pin the crime on Dora Lee’s prickly but artistically gifted grandson, Greg, Samuel identifies other suspects, including a land-greedy neighbor, an envious art teacher, the victim’s slick nephew, and her seductive daughter. Real estate shenanigans, arson, and art theft further complicate the case. Readers will want to see more of the likable main character, who compassionately but relentlessly sifts the evidence. Convincing smalltown atmosphere and a vivid supporting cast are a plus. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (July)

 
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