Lifelong resident of Texas and popular mystery writer Bill Crider delivers what Library Journal calls “a solid addition to a long-running series.”
Blacklin County, Texas hasn’t seen much action since Sheriff Dan Rhodes’ childhood days. So when a ghost is sighted in the jail, and Ty Berry, president of the area’s historical preservation group, is murdered, the small county is shocked. Rhodes must get to the bottom of these mysteries before it’s too late.
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Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Crider's "Sheriff Dan Rhodes" books are enjoyable and similar in styling to Craig Johnsons Longmire series. This one is really a short story, a good buy when on sale. The characters are interesting and certainly will carry from book to book. But the story doesn't really have much time to develop into a full blown page turner. A bit predictable, but still a fun read.
Other reviews have noted that they did not get the correct audiobook with their purchase; I decided to buy it and see for myself, because I like Bill Crider's books – and I figured I could call Audible and get them to fix the issue if it was still linked to the wrong file. I did get A Ghost of a Chance by Bill Crider, so any issue with the download has been fixed.
The book itself was an enjoyable listen. I liked the plot, and the characters are well-developed and likeable. There's plenty of humor to keep you listening. This is something like number 11 in the series; the earlier books are not available on Audible, which is a shame, because it's been years since I read them, and I'd enjoy listening to them on my commute.
I was ambivalent about the narrator, at first, but, overall, Guidall is a good reader for the series - although his characters do not sound like they're from Texas. He is also the narrator of the Longmire series by Craig Johnson, so at first I had to work to keep them separate in my mind, but it got easier.
If you like the Longmire books, this is a series you would probably also like (and so is the Bill Gastner series by Steven Havill). Crider is from Texas and paints a great picture of small-town Texas life and law enforcement. I've already purchased several other audiobooks in the series.
I selected A Ghost of a Chance by Bill Crider, and that is the title that shows in my download, but when I listened it is the gosh awful thing by a Simon Greene,
Not the book I signed up for so DON'T DO IT if you're expecting Crider narrated by Guidall!
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