OF ALL SAD WORDS: A DAN RHODES MYSTERY, BOOK 15
March 2009 Reprinted (First printed in: September 2007)
Worldwide Mystery Books (Imprint of HQN)
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Rating: 4 Cups
Sheriff Dan Rhodes would love to be interrupted when Jack Parry is hounding him about vigilantes. He never expected it to be a call about an explosion, leading to conflicting stories as suspects pile up -- along with a guitar.
Jack Parry is a county judge who believes Dan has produced a bunch of vigilantes since organizing the Citizens Sheriff Academy. He believes his opinions are hardly wrong.
Dr. C.P. Benton is a newcomer to the town. It is rumored he moved there because of a broken heart. Some regard him as a radical, especially Jack. Dan believes he really is not a threat. Jack, on the other hand, voices a different opinion. When Benton reports the explosion as coming from a meth lab inside a mobile home, Jack is even more wary of Benton and possible vigilantes in the area. As Dan begins investigating, he searches for the owners of the mobile home, the Crawford brothers. Immediately, he finds one of the brothers dead, and it appears he was shot before the explosion. This makes the case even more complicated. Between Jack and Benton, Dan really has his hands full.
I would have to say I enjoyed Of All Sad Words. The scenes with Dan and Jack could be visualized by this reader. I could almost see Dan’s expression instantly flee when Jack was addressing vigilantes. Bill Crider hooks me from the beginning with his style of writing. The way he incorporates the investigation and the mystery behind the events made me want to explore right along with him. The well-rounded characters all fit in well as the puzzle pieces slowly begin to be set into play. I like the way Dan is easy-going and also how the reader gets a feel of the cases that the police are often confronted with in this splendid read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More