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The versatile mystery novelist Bill Crider has created a pantheon of marvelous characters, but none is more real, warm, and thoroughly delightful than Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Claflin County, Texas. In his sixth adventure, Rhodes is confronted with what seems at first to be a suicide: the body of a man newly arrived in the county is found hanged in the dilapidated building heThe versatile mystery novelist Bill Crider has created a pantheon of marvelous characters, but none is more real, warm, and thoroughly delightful than Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Claflin County, Texas. In his sixth adventure, Rhodes is confronted with what seems at first to be a suicide: the body of a man newly arrived in the county is found hanged in the dilapidated building he has taken over for his business. Simon Graham was a rare-book dealer. If it seems unlikely to find such an arcane entrepreneur in this extremely rural and sparsely populated part of Texas, it becomes less strange when it turns out that Graham was more con man than bibliophile. The presumed suicide begins to look more and more like murder when several newcomers swoop down on the scene and try to beat out one another to find a reputedly valuable rare book that Graham was rumored to have among his collection of hardly worthwhile items. Although Rhodes's two attenuated and eccentric jailhouse employees have gone overboard for the magic of the department's new computer, the steady, if put-upon, Rhodes and his clear-eyed observations of human nature have invariably been more useful to the solution of a crime - and that is still true in the case of the hanged book dealer....

Title : Booked for a Hanging
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ISBN : 9780312081492
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 202 Pages
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Booked for a Hanging Reviews

  • Karl
    2019-03-17 20:38

    Books, The topic and theme running through this installment of The Sheriff Dan Rhodes series and a clever use of the topic in the title of the book.The first problem to be brought to the sheriff's office is from the town librarian who is enraged that one of his patrons is checking out books and whiting out all the bad words in the books.Next we need a crime. The first murder in "Booked for a Hanging" comes from the search for a stolen rare Edgar Allen Poe book called "Tamerlane" worth about a quarter of a million dollars supposedly held by a new book seller who moved to town.Books always play a part in the Dan Rhodes series, usually old pulp books read by the local funeral home director such as Jim Thompson or the 87th precinct books and a host of other authors in the mystery book publishing world.A great entry to the series.

  • Abbey
    2019-02-24 00:54

    BOTTOM LINE: #6 Sheriff Dan Rhodes, Claflin County, Texas; cosy police procedural/gentle satire. This is a quietly funny and well-plotted tale of a scurvy bookseller with lots of enemies. Crider has a gentle, smooth way with words, the plotting is predictable but fun to watch unfold, and I always enjoy "meeting" Sheriff Dan and his cohorts again. Good stuff. A local bookseller-cum-conman gets himself bumped off, or maybe he committed suicide because his creditors were catching up to him; either way, lots of folks were quite happy to find out he was dead. Now there's just the problem of the Very Important Book he was reputed to have hidden in his new shop - lots of strange characters show up looking for it and generally cause mayhem, something that Sheriff Dan doesn't like much. Another good entry in this comfortable and long-running series about nice-guy Dan Rhodes, local sheriff, mixed with just a touch of biblio-lore, in a perfect balance from this veteran author. Just enough homey-folksiness, a touch of esoteric book stuff, creepy and sleazy characters plus the crazy locals, and Dan's staff at the sheriff's office - strange and wonderful folks all.

  • Glen
    2019-02-20 22:36

    Sheriff Dan Rhodes finds a rare book dealer, dead, an apparent suicide, but he suspects murder. He pokes around, and between dealing with the usual trials of a sheriff, and solving another case of stolen cows, manages to find out whodunnit. Rhodes takes a beating, but keeps getting up after he's knocked down, which is how he wins most of his fights. We meet some characters involved in later books inthe series as well.Good stuff. This is one of the more important world building books inthe series.

  • Diane Heath
    2019-03-09 00:51

    Once again filling in gaps on previous Dan Rhodes books. This one introduces the Appleby family that shows up in a later book. The murders have an obvious killer but the reader like the sheriff is so wrapped up in the Appleby family that the solution eludes them til the end...

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-16 01:31

    Continue to enjoy these. An easy read and very likable characters.

  • Ed
    2019-03-13 17:26

    #6 in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series.Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, finds the body of book dealer Simon Graham hanging from the rafters of an old college building he had planned to restore. Graham's business partner, his erstwhile girlfriend and a rival book dealer all lay claim to a copy of Poe's Tamerlane, a rare collection of poetry worth $250,000, which Graham had purportedly discovered. At the same time, Rhodes deals with a rancher whose cattle has been stolen, a man who frequents a local restaurant naked, the introduction of computers to the sheriff's office and his recent marriage.

  • george burns
    2019-03-03 23:47

    Another SuccessCompulsively likeable Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with plenty of problems. Blacklin County has murders, mayhem and thefts to cope with and if the cases are not solved soon, the Texas Rangers will have to be called in. At the heart of the crime wave is an unattractive little pamphlet published in Boston in 1827 by a Bostonian (E. A. Poe). It is worth a lot (a copy made $662,500 at auction in 2009) and everyone wants it. But does it exist and if so, where is it? Villains understand the easygoing sheriff at their peril, he always gets his man, woman or book.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-22 22:44

    Another Dan Rhodes book I got from the library. Interesting story and great characters. So far, I've enjoyed every one of this series and am looking to find more.

  • Bill Potter
    2019-02-20 23:31

    A god solid mystery by bill Crider. A bit hurried, but still okay

  • Erin
    2019-03-17 20:24

    One of the series I am currently reading. The characters are entertaining and it is a fast enjoyable read. The Dan Rhodes series is definitely worth a look.

  • Susan Ward
    2019-03-21 20:42

    Easy, fast read. Enjoyable mystery.

  • Debra
    2019-03-10 23:28

    Another Sheriff Dan Rhodes low key Texas procedural. One of my favorite comfort reads for the characters and odd ball small town happenings.