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Of All Sad Words: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes #15)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Strangers are moving into Blacklin County, and none of them is any stranger than Seepy Benton, a math teacher whom the county judge suspects is a wild-eyed radical. Benton and Max Schwartz, who has opened a music store, are among the students in the Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy, which seemed like a good idea when Sheriff Dan Rhodes presented it to the county commissioners. ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Feb 22, 2016 Karl rated it it was amazing
"Of all Sad Words" by author Bill Crider may be my favorite of the Dan Rhodes novel series so far.

I have enjoyed all the novels in the series (except the one about the local football team) and this volume stands out. The story begins with someone pumping two bullets into Terry Crawford just before blowing up his mobile home. His twin brother Larry however quickly lawyers up, and does not seem too concerned. We quickly turn to the problem with possums in some one's attic, to UFO sightings, to a
Jul 09, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-texas
Sheriff Dan Rhodes has his hands full with the explosion of a trailer and the death of one of the men who lived there. The last thing he needs is some of the graduates of his Citizen's Sheriff Academy deciding to help him out. But that's what he gets, and as if that isn't enough of a problem, he also has Jan and Claudia, the two authors who've just published a book that they claim is based on his exploits, in town for a book signing at Wal-Mart and eager to help him with this crime, too.
Apr 03, 2010 Randy rated it it was amazing
A Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery.

This one has a lot of stuff going on. In Blacklin County, the trailer of twin brothers explodes and one of the brothers is found dead near the hole. Neighbors had thought the pair were running a meth lab.

Investigation proved different though. Bottled gas had exploded. And the dead brother had been shot, then crawled away before the trailer went. Not only that, Rhodes finds a still near the crater in the woods behind.

A large black pick-up truck, windows blackened so
Nov 12, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
#15 in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. Dan Rhodes get falsely criticized for creating vigilantes in his Sheriff's Academy and his County Commissioner is after him to get the Sheriff's web site up and running. But there is also crime: a mobile home, owned by brothers accused of running a meth lab, explodes - there is no meth but one of the brothers is found murdered and a still is found. A new restauranteur is accused of selling moonshine, then he is murdered and a second still is found. Someone i ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
This book was my introduction to Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, TX, and, I must say, I wish it had occurred much sooner. In Sheriff Rhodes, Mr. Crider has created a near-perfect example of a rural sheriff. Not only does he have murders to solve, Sheriff Rhodes must deal with officious comissioners, lonely little old ladies, imaginary animals, and a citizen whose electricity has been stolen by UFOs. All in a day's work, though, and alongside the dry humor with which Rhodes deals with thes ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Barb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those seeking a cozy in a unique setting.
I've enjoyed many Bill Crider mysteries and my favorites are those with Dan Rhodes. I enjoy seeing his character develop further in each book. I especially enjoy the twists and turns of the plot. Though a quick read, what could be better for a summer's day escape?
Dec 12, 2014 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved the poetry references
Dec 28, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Sheriff Dan Rhodes patrols backwater Blacklin County, Texax, which is sparsely populate, but 100,000 square miles. He is easy going and easy to read about. Characters include C.P. Benton, a math professor and folk singer, who volunteers his unwelcome help during the course of the criminal investigation. Schwarz--a lawyer turned music store owner in a small Texas town. Rapper and Nellie are two grey-haired criminals. Mikey Burns is a county commissioner who dislikes Rhodes. Melanie Muller is a co ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it
Still enjoying this series. There is lots going on with Sheriff Rhodes trying to spend time at home with his wife, dogs, and black cat, while contending with illegal moonshine, explosions, and the Internet.
Beth Yeary
Sheriff Dan Rhoades has his usual problems. there is two murders, Rapper shows up in the county, two moonshine stills, UFO's, and raccoons in an attic. All in a day's work.
Nov 08, 2015 Lori rated it liked it
ok for a car drive, like the narrator, first we've listened to in the series
Freda Witt
Sep 30, 2015 Freda Witt rated it liked it
Another in the Dan Rhodes series. Good, but not as good as some of them.
Sep 09, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
A good mystery written with warmth and humor.
Oct 08, 2013 Agnieszka rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, suspense, crime
After reading all the reviews on this book, I am shocked to see that so many people enjoyed it. Needless to say, I found it boring. All the action started in about Chapter 20, and died down after that and nothing in me made me want to finish reading, so I didn't. I feel like Rhodes is very monotone with everything he says or does and that's when I lost all my interest.
Apr 27, 2008 Pat rated it liked it
Bill Crider writes many, many quick reading mysteries without a lot of difficult plots - all based in the Texas hill country. The ones that I like the most are the ones that have Sheriff Dan Rhodes as the protagonist. It's a good series. Nothing spectacular, but a good quick read.
Jun 24, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
I haven't read a Sheriff Dan Rhodes book in awhile, and enjoyed this one. It's hard not to like a sheriff whose drink of choice is Dr. Pepper (the national drink of Texas. ;) )
Jan 03, 2009 Jamie rated it liked it
Fun little murder mystery set in rural Texas. Eccentric characters, and well-written, I'd recommend it for a lazy long weekend.
Aug 15, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2011
First one I read in this series, but I enjoyed reading about this Texas sheriff. I will have to find more by this author.
Apr 01, 2008 Corky rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-novels
Another great adventure with Sherriff Dan and the good folks of Blacklin County!
Aug 13, 2008 Patti rated it liked it
Interesting characters and a good plot. Pretty easy to read.
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Jul 23, 2014 Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph) rated it really liked it
I think this book is very good. I can relate to Dan Rhodes.
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Jun 19, 2012 Jay Hatcher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Rapper is back! :)
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