Books by Bill Crider

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I'm a native Texan, a retired college English teacher, an accumulator old paperbacks (I have thousands . . . and thousands), and a writer. I've written mysteries, westerns, horror novels (under a pen name), and books for young people. I've been nominated for an Edgar by the MWA, a Shamus by the PWA, and Anthony, and a Derringer by the SFMS I won the Derringer and the Anthony. I also read a lot and write regular columns for Mystery Scene (on short stories) and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (on crime fiction websites and blogs). I even have my own blog, so I stay busy.

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Outrage at Blanco: An Ellie Taine Thriller
by Bill Crider
Crider’s prose slices through conventions and expectations,” –Booklist OUTRAGE AT BLANCO It’s True Grit meets Gran Torino in a blazingly original crime novel from Bill Crider, an Edgar and Shamus finalist and a two-time winner of the Anthony Award On a bloody day in 1887, death came to Blanco, Texas. Before the sun...
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Texas Vigilante: An Ellie Taine Thriller
by Bill Crider
The powerful sequel to Outrage at Blanco, Edgar & Shamus Award nominee Bill Crider’s startlingly original western crime novel Six months ago, Ellie was a newlywed, working the dry land in 1880s Texas. Then the desperados came. They raped her and killed her husband, leaving her for dead. But she hunted them down and, along the way...
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Evil at the Root - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 5)
by Bill Crider
In this latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes adventure, Bill Crider sends the small-town Texas lawman to investigate the apparent theft of a set of false teeth from one of the elderly residents of the Sunny Dale Nursing Home. The case, which begins as one merely embarrassing ("Ah ain't got no TEEF!") quickly turns serious when the owner of the...
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Too Late to Die - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 1)
by Bill Crider
Everyone knew her. A lot of them like her. One of them killed her. Jeanne Clinton was a pretty and well-liked woman—though in her younger days she'd been known to be a bit wild. But she married an older man and settled down to a quiet, respectable life. Now she is dead, brutally murdered in her home. Dan Rhodes, the thoughtful...
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Shotgun Saturday Night - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 2)
by Bill Crider
Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it's going to be a bad day when Bert Ramsey arrives at the jail with a neatly wrapped arm and lays it on Dan's desk. He has another out in the truck, he tells the sheriff, and "a couple of legs, too, but they don't match up." To Rhodes's relief, the severed limbs—part of a large cache Bert has discovered...
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The Wild Hog Murders: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Like most of the rest of Texas, Blacklin County is being overrun with feral hogs that destroy farmland and crops. There's hardly any defense against these pests, but they haven't been the cause of murder. Until now. A mother and son have opened an animal shelter in the county and they welcome even feral hogs. Someone's threatened them...
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Death on the Move - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 4)
by Bill Crider
Someone in Blacklin County, Texas, is being disrespectful of the dead, and Sheriff Dan Rhodes must put a stop to it. First, there's the matter of the bodies at Ballinger's Funeral Home and the apparent misplacing of their valuables; the bereaved are beside themselves. There'd best be immediate action or the bell could toll again, this...
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Booked for a Hanging - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 6)
by Bill Crider
The versatile mystery novelist Bill Crider has created a pantheon of marvelous characters, but none is more real, warm, and thoroughly delightful than Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas. In his sixth adventure, Rhodes is confronted with what seems at first to be a suicide: the body of a man newly arrived in the county is found...
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Murder in the Air: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
There's a big stink in Blacklin County, and everyone seems to think Sheriff Dan Rhodes should do something about it. The smell is coming from the giant chicken farm owned by Lester Hamilton. Rhodes sees this as a matter for the state's air-quality enforcement agency, not the county sheriff. That all changes, however, when Hamilton is...
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Cursed to Death - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 3)
by Bill Crider
In tiny Blacklin County, Texas, a curse is nothing more than a four-letter word hollered in a barroom or muttered in the heat. So Sheriff Dan Rhodes is more curious than concerned when he dutifully responds to a complaint of witchcraft. When Dr. Samuel Martin, the local dentist — and unpopular landlord — claims he's been hexed by a...
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Murder Most Fowl - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 7)
by Bill Crider
Following Booked for a Hanging, Anthony Award-winner Bill Crider brings back his amiable, computer-phobic sheriff Dan Rhodes to investigate a murder that may or may not be related to a recent wave of emu-rustling. For an officer of the law, Blacklin County, Texas, used to be pretty peaceful, but now, what with the emu-rustling...
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The Texas Capitol Murders
by Bill Crider
The classic novel of Texas politics and murder, available for the first time in more than 20 years! It's the end of the '80s. The Texas capitol building is being remodeled, and there's a body dumped in the trash. There's a witness who needs to be eliminated, and there's a slightly strange governor who wants the Texas Rangers called in....
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A Ghost of a Chance - A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 10)
by Bill Crider
In this tenth installment of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, the Blacklin County Texas law enforcer is back to solve even more mysteries. Some of the most amusing sequences in Crider's Blacklin county mysteries are set in the jailhouse, and star the ongoing word battles between its two septuagenarian denizens, Hack the dispatcher and...
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The Prairie Chicken Kill (Truman Smith Mystery Series Book 4)
by Bill Crider
From Publishers Weekly 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...
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Red, White, and Blue Murder: A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
The 12th mystery featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes. WIth the author's quietly hilarious humor and fine characterization of Rhodes and the other residents of Blacklin County, TX, Crider once more shows the human side of small town law enforcement. A man dies in a fire; fireworks are involved in further threats and someone is spreading lies...
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The Blacklin County Files
by Bill Crider
Sheriff Dan Rhodes tackles five tough cases with compassion and humor. Killers, crooks, cats, cattle, cranks, and ice cream. Plus recipes!
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...A Dangerous Thing (The Carl Burns Mystery Series Book 3)
by Bill Crider
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...
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Death's Brother: A Top Suspense Story
by Bill Crider
A poetry-loving professor, a beautiful young woman, and a plot for the perfect murder. What could possibly go wrong?
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Murder in Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
When Sheriff Dan Rhodes is asked to join the Clearview Barbershop Chorus, he suspects that there's an ulterior motive, mainly because he can't sing a note. He's momentarily distracted by a rogue alligator on the loose, but shortly afterward, Lloyd Berry, the director of the chorus, is murdered. Berry is suspected of embezzling money...
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Compound Murder: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Small-town Texas sheriff Dan Rhodes is in for another puzzling mystery in this next in the entertaining, award-winning series Before classes start one morning, the body of English instructor Earl Wellington is found outside the building of the community college. Wellington was clearly involved in a struggle with someone and has died...
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Gator Kill (Truman Smith Private Eye Book 2)
by Bill Crider
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...
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Dead on the Island (Truman Smith Private Eye Book 1)
by Bill Crider
Nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel 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...
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A Vampire Named Fred
by Bill Crider
When someone finally moves into the old, dark, musty house next door, two boys make an unusual friend. "I always thought that vampires had to have names like Dracula or Vlad or Lestat, but that was before Fred moved into the house next door. In fact, I had a lot of wrong ideas about vampires, but Fred set me straight about most of...
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Murder Takes a Break (Truman Smith Mystery Series Book 5)
by Bill Crider
THE TRUMAN SMITH PRIVATE EYE SERIES: Truman Smith operates on Galveston Island, not far from Houston. The first book in the series, Dead on the Island, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private-Eye Writers of America. In Murder Takes a Break, Galveston, Texas principal investigator Truman Smith loathes missing person cases...
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A Romantic Way to Die: A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Dan Rhodes, the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, has seen more than his share of strange events during his time in office-most recently he exorcised a ghost from the county jail and he has always tolerated the banter between his elderly jailer and dispatcher. However, not even Hack and Lawton's friendly word play could have prepared...
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A Time For Hanging
by Bill Crider
Lizzie Randall, the preacher's daughter, is murdered. The men of the west Texas town are set on lynching Paco Morales, a Mexican teenager who happened to be in the vicinity at the time. No proof, but, after all, he is only a Mexican. Reason and/or conscience work on most of the would-be lynchers, so that, in the end justice is served....
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Of All Sad Words: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Strangers are moving into Blacklin County, and none of them is any stranger than Seepy Benton, a math teacher whom the county judge suspects is a wild-eyed radical. Benton and Max Schwartz, who has opened a music store, are among the students in the Citizens' Sheriff's Academy, which seemed like a good idea when Sheriff Dan Rhodes...
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A Mammoth Murder (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
One hot summer morning, big, tough Bud Turley brings an enormous tooth into the Blacklin County police station and asks Sheriff Dan Rhodes to keep it for him until the paleontologist from the community college comes up to examine it. Turley insists that the tooth is proof that Bigfoot roams the woods---unless it is from a prehistoric...
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One Dead Dean - A Carl Burns Mystery (The Carl Burns Mysteries Book 1)
by Bill Crider
"I can just imagine the questions in history," Fox said. "Who was our first of it, maybe the second one's too hard. But you get the idea!" "Yeah," Burns said. "I get the idea." Hartley Gorman College, in Pecan City, Texas, is hardly a bastion of serious scholarship. The little Baptist school is more interested in shielding its...
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Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Dan Rhodes, sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, is called to the Beauty Shack, where the young and pretty Lynn Ashton has been found dead, bashed over the head with a hairdryer. The owner said Lynn had gone to the salon late to meet an unknown client. There was a lot of gossip going on about Lynn before her death, but no one seems to...
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When Old Men Die (Truman Smith Mysteries Book 3)
by Bill Crider
Truman "Tru" Smith is a PI who'd rather be reading Faulkner or fishing on his beloved Galveston Island than solving mysteries, so when his friend Dino asks for help, Tru at first demurs. With some not-very-subtle arm twisting, Dino finally persuades Tru to investigate the disappearance of Old Harry, a homeless vagrant whom Dino and his...
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The Nighttime is the Righttime
by Bill Crider
The Nighttime is the Right Time is a collection of short fiction from the author of the popular Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. In these 11 previously published tales, we meet a detective who also happens to be a werewolf; investigate two separate missing-animal cases; tag along with series characters Carl Burns (the amateur-sleuth English...
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Murder Among the OWLS: A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
It was the cat who "told" Sheriff Dan Rhodes that something was wrong. It ran into the house when he opened the door. His wife, Ivy, recognized the cat as belonging to their neighbor and told Dan to go check on the widow—Helen Harris never let the cat out of the house. When Dan finds Helen's body on her kitchen floor, there is...
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Ryan Rides Back
by Bill Crider
Bill Kane was going to hang for murdering Ryan's sister... After three long years, folks were shocked Ryan would show his face after abandoning his sister to her bloody fate. Others were amazed - and frightened - that he was back at all. No man could have survived that night in Shatter's Grove. But Ryan was no ordinary man, and Tularosa...
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Dead Soldiers (The Carl Burns Mystery Series Book 4)
by Bill Crider
Bill Crider, famous for the popular Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series, is back with a mystery novel combining his wry wit, a clever plot, and the usual hijinks - all set against the normally placid backdrop of academia. First, someone steals several valuable toy soldiers from the collection of the dean of a small liberal arts school. The...
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Medicine Show
by Bill Crider
Ray Storey plays the role of Kit Carson in Col. A. J. Mahaffey's Authentic Medicine Show, wearing a fringed outfit and doing trick shooting to help the colonel push his Miracle Oil and Indian Vitality Pills. Storey's using his job with the show to travel around the country to look for the men who killed his parents, and of course...
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Blood Marks
by Bill Crider
He's smart, he's attractive, and he has a special vision: whenever he sees the blood marks on a woman--marks only he can see--he knows what he must do. Kill her. Brutally. And not leave a trace of himself behind. Nine women have died so far. And pretty Casey Buckner may be next. A young divorcee who's recently moved into an apartment...
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Dying Voices (The Carl Burns Mystery Series Book 2)
by Bill Crider
Pecan City, Texas, is a quiet, uneventful town. Hartley Gorman is a sedate, fundamentalist college (although a dean was murdered there once—in Bill Crider's One Dead Dean). English professor Carl Burns is about to begin yet another year in such a place, with only the eccentricities of his fellow teachers to entertain him. Even Burns...
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Murder is an Art: A Mystery (Professor Sally Good Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Dr. Sally Good, head of the English and Fine Arts Division of the Hughes Community College in Texas, has her hands full. On top of dealing with the numerous complaints from testy faculty members concerning the allocation of the department's budget, she must also conduct an inquiry into the recent misbehavior of the department's...
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Galveston Gunman
by Bill Crider
Lee Strate has been shot and left for dead by two men who stole every penny of his $5000 fortune. His life is saved by Jack, a freed black man who agrees to help him track down his money. Heading to Galveston, they discover the thieves are working for the powerful Colonel Benson. Lee and Jack discover that Colonel Benson is involved in...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Westerns
A Knife in the Back (Professor Sally Good Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Dr. Sally Good, chair of the Department of English at Hughes Community College has learned how to cope with the many minor disasters and a couple of major ones, including a murder, that have cropped up since her tenure. Right now, however, her only worry is about her own behavior. She's just violated one of the major rules for...
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A Bond with Death: A Professor Sally Good Mystery (Professor Sally Good Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Sally's husband has been dead for eight years; his remote ancestor, the witch Sarah Good, died on the scaffold in Salem more than four hundred years ago. Yet the president of Sally's college is afraid the story will reflect on the institution. Sally is annoyed. Sarah Good wasn't her ancestor; she was the forbear of Sally's dead...
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Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
Life is never easy for Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes. When he is called in the middle of the night to investigate gunshots at a haunted house, Rhodes finds the body of meth dealer Neil Foshee. Recently released from jail, Foshee has his fair share of potential murderers, including former girlfriend Vicki, her new boyfriend, the nephew of...
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Half in Love with Artful Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
The local community college and an antique dealer team up to have a workshop for artists. One local man, Burt Collins, isn't fond of the art, and he isn't fond of having the artists in town. Sheriff Dan Rhodes is called to the antique store because Collins has been accused of vandalizing some paintings. When Rhodes arrives, two men are...
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Survivors Will Be Shot Again: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
There's no such thing as a day off for a sheriff. Even in a small Texas town like Clearview, there's always something going on for law enforcement. Still, most days don't involve a run-in with an alligator. And that's not the worst of Sheriff Dan Rhodes's troubles, either. There's a dead man in Billy Bacon's barn, though Bacon swears...
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Eight Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Bill Crider
Available for the first time in a single collection, eight stories featuring the World's Greatest Detective, Sherlock Holmes, written by award-winning author Bill Crider. Return to 221B Baker Street as Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, investigate vampires, ghouls, ghosts, and other mysterious creatures. Featured in this...
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