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From the PublisherPraise for prior Samuel Craddock mysteries:
"The lead's folksy tone belies astute detecting, and the plotting will dazzle readers." -Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"A gritty take on small-town crime." -Booklist
"An amazing read. The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you into a small town and its interesting, secret-carrying residents." -RT Book Reviews
"Shames has come up with a sleuth for the long haul." -Toronto Star
"Following up on her stellar debut, Shames proves that she isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . [Her] grizzled, world-weary Craddock is a nuanced and artfully drawn character who embodies the positive values of small-town Texas as he gets deeper into a multilayered story of trust and betrayal. Jarrett Creek is much more than a backdrop—it's a complex character in the story. Samuel Craddock is a hero worth rooting for. . . . Highly recommended."
—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times-bestselling author (on The Last Death of Jack Harbin)
"Terry Shames does small-town Texas crime right, and A Killing at Cotton Hill is the real thing. It has humor, insight, and fine characters. Former chief of police Samuel Craddock is a man readers are going to love, and they'll want to visit him and Jarrett Creek, Texas, often."
—Bill Crider, author of Compound Murder, A Dan Rhodes Mystery (on A Killing at Cotton Hill)