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A Romantic Way to Die (Sheriff Dan Rhodes #11)

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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 him for the group of writers that have ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published 2001)
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Karl
We start this installment of Sheriff Dan Rhodes life in a small Texas town when some one breaks into the local funeral home, cuts the finger off of a corpse and tries to smoke it, as the perp had been told that smoking embalming fluid can get one high.

With small side investigations to take up the Dr. Pepper drinking Sheriff he is plunged into the never dull investigation of a death at a romance writing convention taking place in the next town.

Familiar characters do show up to perform their humor
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JoDee
Jan 25, 2016 JoDee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio version, so I had trouble following the different female characters with similar names, but I love Sheriff Rhodes, so it was worth it.
Ed
Aug 06, 2012 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-enforcement
#11 in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes. Small (as in tiny) town, Texas sheriff Rhodes doesn't think much of forensics; he places his belief in finding out things by wandering around asking questions. Down home humor and witty byplay with his dispatcher and jailor enliven the series.

Dan Rhodes series - When Vernell Lindsey, Clearview's newly published romance novelist, decides to hold a romance writer's convention, residents think this will get their town on the map. Former resident Terry Don Coslin will
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Roberta
The problem with setting murder mysteries in a small town is that, if the series goes on long enough, the town is divided into camps: suspects & murderers, corpses, informants & detectives. That's when the author starts 1.) sending the detective to the big city on a busman's holiday -- or -- as is the case here 2.) building a conference center and gathering locals and outsiders for a catered murder.

Sheriff Dan Rhodes plods to the solution to mystery #11, gathering intel from his usual in
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Cindy
Jun 04, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still loving this series!

Sheriff Dan Rhodes's wife assures him that everyone wants to write a book, and from the interest in the writer's conference in his little county, it sure looks that way. But when one of the aspiring writer's dies suddenly, it brings out the nastier side of publishing too. And then there's the other little quirks of rural Texas life - the Peeping Toms, the break ins, the mysterious lights at
the funeral home. Fun story.
George
Aug 04, 2009 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery set in a small rural Texas county. Rhodes finds himself investigating two deaths at a romance writers conference held in his county. He finds himself in the middle of rivalries and jealousies among the writers which helps to muddy his murder investigation.

These mysteries tend to be on the light side with the usual near death scrapes, some humor as Rhodes gives the impression of muddling through things.
Jane
Apr 16, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could I have ever be afraid of someone who writes about smoking a finger soaked in embalming fluid? This is a great book to read if you just want to escape from the craziness going on in the real world!
Carol
Oct 22, 2011 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always most put the book back because of the cover - a sexy man holding a sexy girl like on romance novels. The cover had to do with the book being set at a writing covention of romance writers. It's a Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery. OK but not the best. The best part no language or gore!!
Jill
Oct 01, 2015 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book mostly because it appeared that the author was having fun writing about romance writers. His books are always fast reads, but keep my attention.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Crider taught for years at our little college here. I realized recently that I'd never read one of his mysteries!

Katharine Ott
"A Romantic Way to Die" - written by Bill Crider and published in 2002 by Harlequin Books. A mediocre mystery.
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