You’re invited to a celebration of vampires by a baker’s dozen of favorite authors. Sink your teeth into thirteen stories, each one a fresh and unique take on the concept of what birthdays mean to the undead. Suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous – these and eight more frighteningly original stories will ensure you’ll never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.
"A Fun Collection!"
Bill Crider's Dan Rhodes novels feature formidable mysteries and dark humor. In his 14th exploit, Rhodes discovers local octogenarian Helen Harris dead on her kitchen floor. It looks like an accident, but Rhodes knows there's more to this case.
"Enjoyed this one!"
Bill Crider's quirky mysteries featuring Texas lawman Dan Rhodes are widely praised by fans and critics alike. In Of All Sad Words, a cluster of oddballs descends upon Blacklin County. After a mobile home erupts in a ball of flame and a body is found nearby, Rhodes' worries magnify when students at the Citizens' Sheriff 's Academy he founded are identified as suspects.
Professor Carl Burns knew the new dean wasn't going to work out when she bought the two goats. And that was the least of the problems. Hartley Gorman College was being attacked - with a vengeance - by the forces of political correctness, and the new dean was an unreconstructed hippie. Courses would have to be rewritten, manners watched... and everyone knew Burns should have been the new dean, anyway.
Bill Crider is a two-time Anthony Award winner and an Edgar Award finalist. Sheriff Dan Rhodes has his hands full in Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen, the 19th book in this series. When hairdresser Lynn Ashton is found dead at the Beauty Shack, it’s up to Dan to figure out whodunit while dealing with a string of random thefts and a pregnant goat on the rampage.
A lifelong Texan, Bill Crider blends just the right amount of humor and romance in his highly enjoyable mystery novels. The Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series, including A Romantic Way to Die, features the exploits of the savvy, small-town sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas. In Red, White & Blue Murder, Rhodes is hard-pressed to keep his cool when a local reporter accuses him, among other elected officials, of corruption. Things get even more serious when a county commissioner is found dead.
Before classes start one morning, the body of English instructor Earl Wellington is found outside the building of the community college campus in Clearview. Wellington was clearly involved in a struggle with someone and has died as a result. Sheriff Dan Rhodes pursues and arrests a student, Ike Terrell, who was fleeing the campus. Ike's father is Able Terrell, a survivalist who has withdrawn from society and lives in a gated compound. He's not happy that his son has chosen to attend the college, and he's even less happy with the arrest.
Lifelong Texan Bill Crider pens enjoyable stories that weave together romance and mystery. When a romance writers’ convention comes to Blacklin County, Texas, Sheriff Dan Rhodes is confused about all the commotion. But Rhodes’ wife, Ivy, a devoted fan of the genre, knows exactly why all the female fans are in a tizzy - hunky cover model Terry Don Coslin is in attendance. But when Coslin is found murdered, Sheriff Rhodes begins to investigate a case of modeling turned deadly.
Texan Bill Crider is the best-selling author of Red, White, and Blue Murder and A Knife in the Back. This welcome addition to Crider's series finds strange things afoot in Blacklin County, Texas.
"Small town Texas at its finest"
Publishers Weekly calls Murder in the Air a “winning” 17th entry in Bill Crider’s popular Dan Rhodes mysteries. Sheriff Rhodes has his hands full over complaints about Lester Hamilton’s foul-smelling chicken farm. So when Hamilton is found dead, Rhodes’ suspect list includes nearly the entire county.
"Bockingly Good Read"
Matt seeks out a paranoid visionary who claims to have defeated an entity just like Mr. Dark. His quest takes him deep into the Michigan woods — and into a bloody siege between warring, paramilitary factions in James Daniels’ "The Beast Within".
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.
"Left me in stitches !!!"
After he failed to find his missing sister, whose remains finally turned up in a bag in an overgrown field, Texas PI Truman Smith retired to become a housepainter on Galveston Island. But when an alligator is killed and its carcass left on display on a family friend's property, Tru is persuaded to search for the culprit. Soon the brooding gumshoe is stumbling over the bodies of dead humans, is shot at and run down by a souped-up four-by-four as he's embroiled in a plot complete with crooked police, a possible land-grabbing sheme and assorted "bad guys".
"Great narration - couldn't stop listening!"
Someone bashed in the head of Lloyd Berry, the proprietor of a local flower shop. Dan knows robbery wasn’t the motive, but suspects a member of the town’s barbershop quartet—of which Lloyd was a part—could be behind the crime.
"Texas at its best"
Hartley Gorman College, in Pecan City, Texas, is hardly a bastion of serious scholarship. The little Baptist school is more interested in shielding its students from the evil influence of The World, The Flesh, and The Devil than in turning out future Nobelists. But its staff, by and large, is worthy of a more demanding institution; they are victims of a glutted market in Ph.D.s and they do the best they can.
"Compliments to the chef"
But what Burns hasn't counted on is the Edward Street Seminar, a conference that Burns has been assigned to run, which honors one Edward Street, former HGC professor and, lately, Hollywood celebrity. When Street comes back to Hartley Gorman and proceeds to offend everyone in town, and then turns up dead in his motel room, there is no shortage of suspects and Burns really begins to worry!
PI Truman Smith has become a loner after failing to find his sister Jan during a recent search of Galveston Island. He jogs on the Seawall, plays with his cat, and reads lots of Faulkner books. He is pulled from his self-imposed retirement when his old high school football buddy Dino asks him to find a young girl named Sharon. As Tru begins his investigation, dead bodies begin to appear and Tru himself is attacked.
"Good start to a PI series"
In Murder Takes a Break, Galveston, Texas principal investigator Truman Smith loathes missing person cases because they either end up badly for his clients, or the person does not want to be found. So only as a personal favor to his friend Dino would Tru accept the case of missing college student, Randall Kirbo, who disappeared in the area while on Spring break nine months ago.
"The series is great"
Dr. Sally Good, chair of the local community college’s English department, is breaking her own rule: Don’t date staff members. But when her date, Neville, comes under investigation for murdering one of the college’s trustees, Sally suddenly has a lot more on her plate than dinner.
In this enjoyable fourth series entry, Galveston PI Truman Smith (When Old Men Die, 1994) is hired by Lance Garrison, his still unpleasant but now rich high-school classmate, to investigate the shooting of a prairie chicken (really a kind of grouse) on Garrison's federally protected land in Picketville, Tex. Smith reluctantly agrees, largely because his high-school sweetheart, Anne Lindeman, now lives in Picketville.