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Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Books

Too Late to Die (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shotgun Saturday Night (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cursed to Death (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Move (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil at the Root (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Booked for a Hanging (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Most Fowl (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winning Can Be Murder (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death by Accident (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ghost of a Chance (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Romantic Way to Die (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red, White, and Blue Murder (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Mammoth Murder (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Among the OWLS (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Of All Sad Words (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Four Parts (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Air (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Hog Murders (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Compound Murder (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Half in Love with Artful Death (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Between the Living and the Dead (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Survivors Will Be Shot Again (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead, to Begin With (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That Old Scoundrel Death (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Collections

with Judy Crider
The Blacklin County Files (With: Judy Crider) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Carl Burns Books

One Dead Dean (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dying Voices (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dangerous Thing (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Soldiers (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Truman Smith Private Eye Books

Dead on the Island (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gator Kill (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Old Men Die (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prairie Chicken Kill (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Takes a Break (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mike Gonzo Books

Mike Gonzo and the Almost Invisible Man (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mike Gonzo and the Sewer Monster (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Stanley Waters Books

with Willard Scott
Murder Under Blue Skies (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mist (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Professor Sally Good Books

Murder is an Art (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Knife In The Back (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bond with Death (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Humphrey Bogart Books

We'll Always Have Murder (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ted Stephens Books

Houston Homicide (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mississippi Vivian (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ellie Taine Books

Outrage at Blanco (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Vigilante (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ryan Rides Back (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keepers of the Beast (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galveston Gunman (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Moom (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Dreams (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time for Hanging (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rest in Peace (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Medicine Show (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vampire Named Fred (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Before Dark (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Marks (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Texas Capitol Murders (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Wanted to Be Sherlock Holmes (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

My Heart Cries For You (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How I Found a Cat, Lost True Love, and Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Hop (With: Judy Crider) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chocolate Moose (With: Judy Crider) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death's Brother (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What a Croc! (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Werewolf Named Wayne (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cranked (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Nighttime is the Right Time (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raining Willie & Cranked (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I am a Roving Gambler (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eight Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adventures of Wishbone Books

The Prince and the Pooch (By: Brad Strickland,Caroline Leavitt) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunchdog of Notre Dame (By: Michael Jan Friedman,Rick Duffield) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mutt in the Iron Muzzle (By: Michael Jan Friedman) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Salty Dog (By: Brad Strickland) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be a Wolf! (By: Brad Strickland) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Digging Up the Past (By: Vivian Sathre) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robinhound Crusoe (By: Caroline Leavitt) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Digging Up the Past (By: Vivian Sathre) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Muttketeer! (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pawlioned Paper (By: Olga Litowinsky) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Tale of Two Sitters (By: Joanne Barkan) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dog Overboard! (By: Rick Duffield,Vivian Sathre) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pup in King Arthur's Court (By: Joanne Barkan) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moby Dog (By: Rick Duffield,Alexander Steele) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homer Sweet Homer (By: Carla Jablonski) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Dog (By: Carla Jablonski,Nancy Butcher) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last of the Breed (By: Rick Duffield,Alexander Steele) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Digging to the Center of the Earth (By: Rick Duffield,Michael Anthony Steele) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terrier of the Lost Mines (By: Brad Strickland) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gullifur's Travels (By: Brad Strickland) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ivanhound (By: Nancy Holder) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Huckleberry Dog (By: Alexander Steele) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Dead Man Books

Face of Evil (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ring of Knives (By: James Daniels,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell In Heaven (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Woman (By: David McAfee,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blood Mesa (By: James Reasoner,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Them All (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Harry Shannon) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beast Within (By: James Daniels,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire and Ice (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Jude Hardin) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnival of Death (With: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freaks Must Die (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Joel Goldman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slaves to Evil (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Lisa Klink) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Special (By: Phoef Sutton,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Match (By: Christa Faust,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Death (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Aric Davis) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Floor (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,David Tully) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colder than Hell (By: Anthony Neil Smith,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil to Burn (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Lisa Klink) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Streets of Blood (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Barry Napier) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucible of Fire (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Mel Odom) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Need (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Stant Litore) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rising Dead (By: Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Stella Green) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reborn (By: Phoef Sutton,Lee Goldberg,William Rabkin,Lisa Klink,Kate Danley) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Obsessions(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Destiny II: Proprietors of Fate(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Truth Until Paradox(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Destiny(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Partners in Crime(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How the West Was Read, Volume 2(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White House Horrors(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Crime(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of the American West II(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Dines at 8:30(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder, My Dear Watson(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cross Plains Universe(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spider Chronicles(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Many Bloody Returns(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gift of Murder(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beat to a Pulp: Round 1(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Discount Noir(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lone Ranger Chronicles(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making Story: Twenty-One Writers on How They Plot(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf Creek: Kiowa Vengeance(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Showdown at Demon's Drop(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf Creek: Night of the Assassins(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead But Not Forgotten(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part II: 1890 to 1895(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Deadly Lives(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from the Otherverse(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sherlock Holmes The Lady on the Bridge and other Stories(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crime Cafe Short Story Anthology(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down & Out: The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down and Out the Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 2(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Bill Crider was one of the best mystery novel authors in America today. His work has won different awards like the Antony award (1987) for the best first novel. He is the author of multiple book series such as The Carl Burns series, Truman Smith series, Stanley Waters Sires, and the sally good sires. His books are filled with neck gripping suspense, something that will keep you craving for more.

Bill passed in February 2018 of cancer.

Early life

Bill Crider was born in Texas, Mexia (1941). He attended the university of Texas at Austin where he attained his undergraduate degree. He later went to the university of North Texas where he received his Masters in Arts Literature. Teaching has been his love. He taught English at the Howard Payne University for 12 years before writing a dissertation on the hard-boiled detective novel that earned him a PHD at the Texas University at Austin. After earning his degree, he moved his family to Alvin in Texas. Here he served as the chair of the Of Division English and fine arts at the AVIN community collage. He retired in 2003 to focus more on his writing career. This led him to establishing himself as a full term writer. He is the author of Professor Sally Good Sires, the Sheriff Dan Rhodes, Truman Smith PI series, books that he wrote under the pen name Jack Buchanan. In this article, I am going to sample some of his characters and books from his series. He has written very many mystery books, it is difficult to write a complete review of all his books so I will choose randomly.

Professor Carl Burns Series.

This series is based on the life of professor Carl Burns, A college tutor at the local Gorman collage. In Bill Crider’s book, “A dangerous thing”, Professor Carl Burns knows that the dean will to going to get worked up when she bought her two goats. This is the least problem in the dean’s mind since the school is being attacked. The attack is from political forces. The dean is new on top of being a hippie. The new dean comes with new policies and ideas, courses have to be rewritten, everyone has to watch their manners, unless they want to step on the dean’s toes, something that will have to be paid for dearly. Every one was expecting Burns to be the next dean since she was the most qualified candidate. The drama thickens as Tom Henderson’s falls through the window and sustained fatal injuries. This was not part of the curriculum and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Burns takes it upon himself to figure out who did it, as this was far more interesting than grading boring developmental papers for his English class. Through this series, Bill Crider manages to shed some light on the daily life of a collage professor. He manages to show the world that being a professor is more that wearing an oxford sweater, some geeky glasses and spending your entire life in a library. He makes being a proffesor fun!

PI Truman Series.

This series is based on the life and adventures of one Galveston PI Truman Smith. He is a private detective and in the fourth book of the series “When old men die”, he is hired by his old high school class mate, the unpleasant Lance Garrison, to investigate the shooting incident involving a prairie chicken in his federally protected estate. Though Smith is reluctant to accept the assignment, his defenses crumple and he undertakes to uncover the secrets behind the shooting. The main reason why smith accepts the assignment is because his high school lover, Anne Lindeman is now living in Picket Ville. The prime suspect of the shooting is an anti government talk-radio host, Ralph Evans who airs his concerns for endangered species by advertising a spotted Owl in A can. The plot thickens when Smith and Red Lindeman get shot at as they explore the scene of chime. Red is Anne’s father in law. The owner of the radio station where Ralph works, who is Anne’s husband, is shot to death. A local bird watcher, Martin York is charged with the murder by the police chief Ward Peavey. Things begin falling in place when Smith discovers that a number of prisoners have already died in wards cell. He discovers deception, lies and treachery.

For those looking for a good book to read, a book to keep you glued to its pages from beginning to the end, the Crider is the man to read. He manages to weave suspense, reality and irony in his books. His hero’s are as smart and sharp as they come. He will keep you smiling with his Texas talk. Each new Crider book comes out better than the last, the characters more developed, the plot and setting more defined and the scene more realistic. He will give you one mean murder story that will end with the hero walking tall or even sometimes crawling! That is how unpredictable Crider is. His books are faced paced; he manages to leave the reader breathless as he takes you through the daily adventures of his heroes. He also has a very good command of the English language. His sentences are well structured with a musical touch. You will find your self-singing along instead of reading.

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3 Responses to “Bill Crider”

  1. Pat France: 2 years ago

    I just finished my first Bill Crider book “Dead, to begin with”. Sherriff Rhodes mystery. Totally enjoyed and intend to find more of Bill Crider’s books to enjoy!

    • Angela Crider Neary: 11 months ago

      So glad you enjoyed it, Pat!

  2. Susan Frank: 5 years ago

    Bill Crider died of cancer in February 2018. His last Sheriff Dan Rhodes book, That Old Scoundrel Death, was published in February 2019.


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