An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock is now available. In a starred book review, Publishers Weekly says, "Shames's superior sixth Samuel Craddock mystery...a prequel, explores a significant case at the start of the retired police chief's career. Skilled depictions of the lawman's formative choices and emotions enhance a timely story with resonance in the era of Black Lives Matter."
"A favorite of fans who like their police procedurals with a strong ethical center, Shames provides the back story of a Southern cop caught between his job and his culture."
Finalist for the Lefty Award for Best Mystery of 2016!
"Shames once again enchants with her portrayal of life in rural Texas. Each character has a unique personality that remains in the mind of the reader long after the book is closed. The stunning conclusion will surprise most as Shames deftly weaves her tale." 4 1/2 stars TOP PICK, FANTASTIC—Keeper
—RT Book Reviews
"It's the writer's skill that keeps us reading. There's a nervous tension under the surface of the everyday prose, born of Craddock's (undeserved) sense that he might not be quite up to this job. Small-town policing, strong on character, much like Steven F. Havill's Posadas County series."
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