A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary

A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

A FAVORITE SERIES CHARACTER FINDS HERSELF IN HARM'S WAY.After using an online dating site for senior citizens, town favorite Loretta Singletary—maker of cinnamon rolls and arbiter of town gossip—goes missing.Chief Samuel Craddock's old friend Loretta Singletary—a mainstay of the Jarrett Creek community—has undergone a transformation, with a new hairstyle and modern clothes. He thinks nothing of it until she disappears. Only then does he find out she has been meeting men through an online dating site for small-town participants.When a woman in the neighboring town of Bobtail turns up dead after meeting someone through the same dating site, Craddock becomes alarmed. Will Craddock be able to find Loretta before she suffers the same fate? Finding out what happened to Loretta forces him to investigate an online world he is unfamiliar with, and one which brings more than a few surprises.
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A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge

A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

In the course of their developing friendship, Samuel Craddock has learned to accept that his neighbor Jenny Sandstone's personal life is strictly secret. But when her dying mother tells Craddock that Jenny is in danger, he is confronted with a dilemma. He wants to respect Jenny's privacy, but he is haunted by the urgency in the dying woman's voice. When Jenny is the victim of a suspicious car accident, Craddock has no choice but to get involved. He demands that she tell him what he needs to know to protect her and to solve the mysteries surrounding the strange events that began taking place as soon as Jenny's mother passed away. Forced to confront the past, Jenny plunges into a downward spiral of rage and despair. She is drinking heavily and seems bent on self-destruction. Craddock must tread lightly as he tries to find out who is behind the threats to her. But only by getting to the bottom of the secrets buried in Jenny's past can he hope to save her both from...
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A Reckoning in the Back Country

A Reckoning in the Back Country

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods.When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents...
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An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

When the Jarrett Creek Fire Department is called to douse a blaze on the outskirts of town, they discover a grisly scene: five black youths, ages thirteen to twenty-five, have been murdered. Newly elected Chief of Police Samuel Craddock, just back from a stint in the Air Force, is asked to help the Texas Rangers with the investigation. Before long, the Rangers arrest Truly Bennett, Craddock's onetime confidant.The scene of the crime reveals evidence of a drugs-and-prostitution ring, and the name and address of Truly's sister are found in the home of one of the victims. The Ranger heading up the investigation believes that Truly committed the murders to prevent his sister from being forced into prostitution. Craddock has trouble believing that Truly would have been capable of this heinous crime. Meanwhile, he's also dealing with his ne'er-do-well brother and sister-in-law, both of whom are doing drugs.As the new Chief of Police, will Craddock have to arrest members of...
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A Violent End at Blake Ranch

A Violent End at Blake Ranch

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

"She was a dangerous girl and people think she'll be a dangerous woman." Nonie Blake is back home from a mental institution where she has spent the last twenty years, and people in Jarrett Creek are worried. Maybe too worried, for within a week of her return, Nonie is murdered. 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...
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A Killing at Cotton Hill

A Killing at Cotton Hill

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people had it in for Dora Lee. The conniving rascals on the farm next door want her land for nefarious purposes; her estranged daughter could be seeking vengeance; her grandson wants money for art school; and then there's that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. Does Craddock still have what it takes to find the killer? In this debut novel, the strong, compelling voice of Samuel Craddock illuminates the grandeur and loneliness of the central Texas landscape and reveals the human foibles of the residents in a small Texas town-their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues.
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The Last Death of Jack Harbin

The Last Death of Jack Harbin

Terry Shames

Mystery / Crime / Art

The shocking murder of a wounded veteran challenges the investigative skills of ex-chief Samuel Craddock.      Just before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas, signed up for the army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven't spoken since. Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered. With the chief of police out of commission, it's up to trusted ex-chief Samuel Craddock to investigate. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack's death. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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