A Killing at Cotton Hill

A Killing at Cotton Hill

A Samuel Craddock Mystery

Book - 2013
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"The chief of police of a small town is also an unreliable drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in to investigate. He discovers that a lot of people may have had it in for Dora Lee--the conniving rascals on the farm next door, her estranged daughter, and her live-in grandson. And then there's that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. As Craddock digs to find the identity of the killer, the human foibles of Jarrett Creek's residents--their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues--are also revealed."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781616147990
Call Number: SHAMES
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Ex-police officers -- Fiction.
Women -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.


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ArapahoeHannah Nov 21, 2017

A light, but robust read.

Jun 30, 2015

This book is a treasure. Written in what I would call "storyteller" style, the tale is told by Samuel Craddock, a solid and unassuming resident of Jarrett Creek who used to be police chief in this small town. Craddock and his late wife appreciated and collected art, and that interest is at the core of this story. It is populated by ordinary people who do ordinary things, for the most part, but a few of them have secrets that raise the ante of intrigue as Samuel whittles away at the mystery of the murder of a lifelong friend. It was very refreshing to find a story told without rampant profanity, gratuitous violence, or graphic sex. If this book was available on CD, you could listen to it with the kids in the car and not encounter anything you wish they hadn't heard. Within hours of finishing this book, I checked the inventories of nearby libraries and scored two more titles. I look forward to reading these and more.

Aug 17, 2014

A wonderful new talent contributes to the mystery genre. Well rounded, engaging characters, excellent plotting and a tremendous sense of place combine to leave the reader entirely satisfied. Fortunately, this is the first book in a series. The second book has now been published and there is at least one more to come.


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