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Terry Shames

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Orlando, FL, The United States



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From an early age, Terry Shames wrote stories based on the small town in Texas where her grandparents lived. Her Samuel Craddock mysteries, A Killing at Cotton Hill and The Last Death of Jack Harbin are set in a fictional version of the town that sparked her imagination. Terry lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband, two rowdy terriers and a mature cat.

When the question “pantser or plotter” comes up, I always say “hybrid.” For the uninitiated “pantser” means flying by the seat of your pants. In other words, the writer starts writing and goes along for the ride, letting the plot unfold on the page. Plotters plot. Some of them make general notes on the direction of the story they want to tell and others write detailed outlines. I’ve heard of wr... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.93 · 486 ratings · 137 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
A Killing at Cotton Hill (S...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 227 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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The Last Death of Jack Harb...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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A Killing at Cotton Hill The Last Death of Jack Harbin Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek A Deadly Affair at Bobtail ... The Necessary Murder of Non...
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A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge by Terry Shames
"Another solid entry for the Samuel Craddock mysteries by Terry Shames. I really like the characters in this series and recommend you give the books a try. While each of them can be read as a stand-alone, you'll get the most out of them by reading..." Read more of this review »
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" Margie, thanks so much! Hope you love Bobtail Ridge. My sister said it's her favorite...but then again, she's my sister. :) "
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message 5: by Terry

Terry Shames Thanks for everyone who entered my giveaway for A KILLING AT COTTON HILL. I sent the books off yesterday, Sept 6.

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Terry Shames Beth, tt was fun and I loved the comments.

message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi Terry,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here--and for visiting my blog as a guest!

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Terry Shames Hey back.

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Simon Hey you!!

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