A Killing at Cotton Hill

A Killing at Cotton Hill

Book - 2013
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The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people had it in for Dora Lee. Will Craddock have what it takes to find the killer?
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Seventh Street Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781616147990
1616147997
Characteristics: 235 p. ;,21 cm

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egeneh
Jun 30, 2015

This book is a treasure. Written in what I would call "storyteller" style, the tale is told by Samuel Craddock, a solid and unassuming resident of Jarrett Creek who used to be police chief in this small town. Craddock and his late wife appreciated and collected art, and that interest is at the core of this story. It is populated by ordinary people who do ordinary things, for the most part, but a few of them have secrets that raise the ante of intrigue as Samuel whittles away at the mystery of the murder of a lifelong friend. It was very refreshing to find a story told without rampant profanity, gratuitous violence, or graphic sex. If this book was available on CD, you could listen to it with the kids in the car and not encounter anything you wish they hadn't heard. Within hours of finishing this book, I checked the inventories of nearby libraries and scored two more titles. I look forward to reading these and more.

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deRougemont
Aug 17, 2014

A wonderful new talent contributes to the mystery genre. Well rounded, engaging characters, excellent plotting and a tremendous sense of place combine to leave the reader entirely satisfied. Fortunately, this is the first book in a series. The second book has now been published and there is at least one more to come.

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