Chief Samuel Craddock thinks the only possible suspects are members of her tight-lipped family. Ever since Nonie tried to kill her sister when she was fourteen and was sent away to the institution, the family has kept to itself.
Clues are scarce and Craddock is stumped. So he checks with therapists at the mental hospital to see whether they can add anything useful to his investigation. But he discovers that she has not been there for ten years. Now Craddock has to find out where Nonie has been all this time.
Soon Craddock finds himself dealing not only with murder, but layers of deception and secrets, and in the midst of it all--a new deputy, one Maria Trevino, sent by the sheriff to beef up security in the small Texas town.
- ISBN-13: 9781633881204
- ISBN-10: 1633881202
- Publisher: Seventh Street Books
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 270
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-09
- Reviewer: Staff
In Shamess engrossing fifth Samuel Craddock mystery (after 2015s A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge), the return of Winona Nonie Blake, who was sent to an institution near Dallas 20 years earlier, at age 14, after she tried to hang her younger sister, has the town of Jarrett Creek, Tex., talkingespecially when Nonie is soon after found dead. When Craddock, Jarrett Creeks police chief, investigates, Nonies uncooperative relatives attempt to keep some mysterious family secret hidden. Maria Trevino, a brash young deputy sent from Houston, provides Craddock with valuable assistance and teaches the affable old lawman a thing or two about modern police work. The discovery that Nonie was released from the institution 10 years earlier, not recently as Craddock was assuming, raises the stakes. The authentic small-town ambiance, a cast of meticulously developed characters, and Craddocks easygoing, first-person narrative should more than satisfy series fans. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Jan.)