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Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Books

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

Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Collections

with Judy Crider
The Blacklin County Files (With: Judy Crider) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carl Burns Books

One Dead Dean (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying Voices (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dangerous Thing (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Soldiers (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Truman Smith Private Eye Books

Dead on the Island (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gator Kill (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Old Men Die (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prairie Chicken Kill (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Takes a Break (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mike Gonzo Books

Mike Gonzo and the Almost Invisible Man (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mike Gonzo and the Sewer Monster (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stanley Waters Books

with Willard Scott
Murder Under Blue Skies (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mist (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Professor Sally Good Books

Murder is an Art (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Knife In The Back (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bond with Death (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Humphrey Bogart Books

We'll Always Have Murder (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ted Stephens Books

Houston Homicide (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mississippi Vivian (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ellie Taine Books

Outrage at Blanco (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Vigilante (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Nighttime is the Right Time (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raining Willie & Cranked (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
I am a Roving Gambler (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eight Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Adventures of Wishbone Books

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

Publication Order of The Dead Man Books

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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: 3 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: 1 year 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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