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People are asking when the next Samuel Craddock book will come out. An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock is due out January 2, 2017, just in time to spend you holiday gift money!

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The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, book 5 in the series, is now available. It can be purchased at your favorite local bookstore or online here:
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Praise for The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

"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."
   —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars TOP PICK, FANTASTIC—Keeper, January 2016

"Shames does it again, providing the wise, likable Craddock (A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, 2015, etc.) with yet another quirky mystery with a surprising ending."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"The authentic small-twin ambiance, a cast of meticulously developed characters, and Craddock's easygoing first-person narrative should more than satisfy series fans."
   —Publishers Weekly

"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."
   —Booklist, December 15, 2015


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