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

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  17 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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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.
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
#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
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
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
A good mystery written with warmth and humor.
loved the poetry references
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.
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.
Sep 12, 2009 Barb rated it 5 of 5 stars
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?
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. ;) )
Fun little murder mystery set in rural Texas. Eccentric characters, and well-written, I'd recommend it for a lazy long weekend.
First one I read in this series, but I enjoyed reading about this Texas sheriff. I will have to find more by this author.
Another great adventure with Sherriff Dan and the good folks of Blacklin County!
Interesting characters and a good plot. Pretty easy to read.
Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph)
I think this book is very good. I can relate to Dan Rhodes.
Jay Hatcher
Rapper is back! :)
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