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Coming Soon:

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock comes out January 3, 2017. 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."

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Advance Reviews

"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."
   —Kirkus Reviews


The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

Now Available!

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Praise

"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."
   —Booklist


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