Beloved Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with his final murder case in That Old Scoundrel Death.
When a man is run off the road by a thug with a snake tattooed around his neck, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it's his duty to stop and help out. The grateful victim gives his name as Cal Stinson, on his way to the nearby town of Thurston to take a look at the old school building before the city tears it down.
The next day, Cal Stinson turns up again. Only this time, he's dead.
His body is found in the dilapidated school that's about to be razed, and the woman who let Cal onto the premises claims he gave his name as Bruce Wayne. Whoever is he is, he was shot in the back of the head, and a piece of chalk lies inches away from his hand, under a lone line on the chalkboard, his last words unfinished.
Between not-so-bright hoodlums who can't seem to stay on the right side of the law, powerful families in town who are ready to go to battle over whether the old school should come down, and trying futilely to get private detective Seepy Benton to stop making mountains of mole hills, Sheriff Rhodes is beginning to wonder if retirement might be as good as it sounds.
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law-enforcement, texas, situational-humor, verbal-humor, murder-investigation As always from Bill Crider, it's a great cozy mystery set in a sparsely populated county and filled with his signature humor and characters who truly are. The publisher's blurb gives some idea of what to expect except for the arson, and spoilers are just not the thing. Don't want to do the recap thing either. The only sad thing that I will relate is that while the sheriff is waffling on the idea of retirement, Bill Crider had no choice as he lost his last battle after finishing this book. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!