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Former Police Chief Samuel Craddock didn’t want to be police chief again or investigate any more murders. But, the last few months have been kind of rough in the small south Texas town of Jarret Creek. There were some murders and Samuel Cradock, bum knee and all, got dragged into solving them. Deep in the grip of winter Jarrett Creek is about to have still more problems.

The town is bankrupt. The night before there had been an emergency meeting of several of the town’s leading citizens at the American Legion Hall to discuss how to pay for a police force when the town barely has enough money to pay a couple part-timers. Mayor Reinhardt had come up with a plan to have Craddock installed as police chief as he was very good back when he did it before and has enough money he doesn’t need the salary. Craddock wasn’t thrilled, but was willing to go along as it needed to be done.

But, the plan went sideways when Gary Dellmore, son of Bank President Alan Dellmore, basically took over the meeting. He irritated many in attendance and the meeting ended several angry residents and nothing finalized. Things went downhill more when the acting police chief as well as the two fulltime deputies all resigned after learning they would not be paid. Then things really went downhill when Gary Dellmore was found dead outside the American Legion Hall. While the legendary law enforcement agency, The Texas Rangers (not to be confused with the Major league Baseball teams that plays far to the north in Arlington) could help, they have plenty of their own work to do on other cases.

As happened in the award winning A Killing at Cotton Hill and The Last Death of Jack Harbin it isn’t long before Craddock is back working hard and irritating some folks with his questions. Questions in a far reaching investigation that eventually turns up another crime. If the citizens of Jarret Creek still had any innocence regarding life in their town what has been going on behind their backs the last few weeks should permanently solve the problem.

Third in a very good series, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek is mighty good. Blending in details of life in Texas in terms of characters and the land with a mystery on top of a mystery author Terry Shames has created another very good book in a series that just gets better and better. One has the same expectation for just released new book A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge.

It is strongly suggested that readers should read the books in order to get the most out of the reading experience. It is also worth noting that these books are written in present tense which some readers seem to have a bit of difficulty with based on some of the reviews and comments across the internet.

Dead Broke In Jarret Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery
Terry Shames
http://www.terryshames.com
Seventh Street Books
http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com
October 2014
ISBN# 978-1616149963
Paperback (also available in e-book)
265 Pages
$15.95

The publisher sent me an ARC to read in exchange for my honest review sometime late last summer. Unfortunately, various events here delayed my reading and reviewing this book until now.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015 ( )
  kevinrtipple | Apr 12, 2015 |
Synopsis/blurb......

Jarrett Creek is bankrupt. Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to the main bank, is dead, apparently murdered. Samuel Craddock thought he was retired but now he's been asked to return as police chief. Dellmore supposedly had a roving eye, although his wife says he was never serious about dallying. Still, Craddock wonders: Did the husbands and fathers of women he flirted with think he was harmless? What about his current lover, who insists that Dellmore was going to leave his wife for her?

Craddock discovers that Dellmore had a record of bad business investments. Even worse, he took a kickback from a loan he procured, which ultimately drove the town into bankruptcy. Many people had motive to want Dellmore dead.

Then the investigation turns up another crime. As Craddock digs down to the root of this mess, many in Jarrett Creek are left wondering what happened to the innocence of their close-knit community.
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My take.....

My third trip to Jarrett Creek, the fictional small town in East Texas created by author Terry Shames and another engaging outing with Samuel Craddock, our retired chief of police.

Craddock is likeable, capable and dependable - the obvious man to turn to when the town realises it can't afford a full-time police force in the wake of a revelation that most of the town's funds have been squandered in an abortive investment in a fancy water park. One of the bankers involved in investing the town's funds has been found murdered after a stormy meeting to discuss the bleak financial situation affecting the townsfolk.

Craddock, once again takes up the reins, temporarily leaving his sedentary life as part-time farmer and art lover behind him. With our banker involved in financial shenanigans as well as having a bit of a reputation as a lothario, Craddock has no shortage of possible suspects for Gary Dellmore's murder.

An interesting investigation follows, with Craddock, happy to involve his ailing predecessor in assisting him from his sick-bed - another indication of his all-round decency.

The resolution when it comes struck me as a bit out of left field. I hadn't really considered the culprit in my list of possibles and I have been thinking about how I feel on and off ever since.......did the author get sneaky, had I stopped paying attention, would I have preferred it if one of the more likely candidates had done the deed...... not sure. Probably I'm a bit annoyed at myself rather than Terry Shames.

Overall - another great if not entirely satisfying read.

4 from 5

A Killing in Cotton Hill and The Last Death of Jack Harbin have been read and enjoyed previously.
http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06...

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11...

The next Craddock book - A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge awaits

Thanks to Seventh Street books for my copy.

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02... ( )
  col2910 | Mar 7, 2015 |
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"Jarrett Creek is bankrupt. Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to the main bank, is dead, apparently murdered. Samuel Craddock thought he was retired but now he's been asked to return as police chief. Dellmore supposedly had a roving eye, although his wife says he was never serious about dallying. Still, Craddock wonders: Did the husbands and fathers of women he flirted with think he was harmless? What about his current lover, who insists that Dellmore was going to leave his wife for her? Craddock discovers that Dellmore had a record of bad business investments. Even worse, he took a kickback from a loan he procured, which ultimately drove the town into bankruptcy. Many people had motive to want Dellmore dead. Then the investigation turns up another crime. As Craddock digs down to the root of this mess, many in Jarrett Creek are left wondering what happened to the innocence of their close-knit community"--… (more)

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