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A Risky Undertaking For Loretta Singletary


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After using an online dating site for senior citizens, town favorite Loretta Singletary goes missing.

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Terry Shames is the author of A Killing at Cotton Hill, The Last Death of Jack Harbin, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, and A Reckoning in the Back Country, the first seven Samuel Craddock mysteries. She is the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.


"Engaging... Craddock is a slightly more cerebral version of the late Bill Crider's rural sheriff Dan Rhodes, but they share a bloodline."

--Booklist PRAISE FOR THE SAMUEL CRADDOCK MYSTERIES "There may be no protagonist in our genre today as decently compelling as Samuel Craddock.
And there may be no better chronicler of the character and complexity
of small-town America than Terry Shames."

--WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, author of the Cork O'Connor novels

"Small towns in mysteries can be too cute or too weird to be true, but Jarrett Creek is the real deal and Samuel Craddock is the jewel in its crown. Flawed, complex, decent, and captivating--spending time in this town with the chief is a delight." --CATRIONA McPHERSON, author of Quiet Neighbors

"I love Samuel Craddock, I love this town, and I love this series of books."

--TIMOTHY HALLINAN, author of the Junior Bender mysteries

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