Compound Murder by Anthony Award-winning author Bill Crider is the 20th in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series about Blacklin County, Texas (available August 13, 2013).
So if you thought the best thing I’m going to tell you right now is there is a brand spanking new book in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series by Bill Crider, you are only partly right. In and of itself, that news is spectacular enough to have me setting a pitcher of iced tea on the table by my recliner, so I don’t have to run to the kitchen for refills. But a few weeks ago, I came across an article in the venerable New York Times called “Orphans, Drug Wars and Other Mysteries” by Christopher Kelly. Lo and behold, while Kelly is praising the state of Texas for being fertile ground for fiction landscapes of every description, he points to fewer than ten mystery writers who have “an appreciation for the outsize personality of the state.”
And who do you think is on that list? TA DA! None other than Bill Crider and his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. I am so happy to see Bill and Dan get the recognition they deserve, and I also want to give you a tiny peek at the latest book in this highly entertaining series.
Compound Murder actually begins with a minor crime of sorts in the Beauty Shack, which was the very location of the murder we discover in the first pages of the recent Sheriff Dan book, Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen. To get a clear sense of how interaction between Sheriff Dan and his dispatcher, Hack, can sometimes go, let’s listen in to this conversation: