Between the Living and the Dead

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Between the Living and the Dead

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries, #22

Do you believe in ghosts? No? You might reconsider after reading this twenty - second installment of the super popular Dan Rhodes mystery series.

Just in time for Halloween, Dan Rhodes finds himself investigating the murder of a local Meth dealer found in an abandoned house rumored to be haunted. It's not unusual for drug dealers to have enemies and Neil Foshee was no exception to that rule, meaning there is no shortage of suspects. If this weren't enough to keep the good sheriff busy, Seepy Benton has begun Clearview's very first paranormal investigations service, vowing to help solve Neil's murder by communicating with his spirit. But, instead of solving the case, Seepy only creates more work for Dan when another body is discovered in the attic of the 'haunted' house.

Being a Texan myself, I can understand and easily imagine the easy going manner of Dan Rhodes, and I can relate quite personally to his Dr Pepper addiction- (and his mourning of the famed 'Dublin Dr. Pepper'.) This installment in the series is just as solid and dependable as the others, which is harder to pull off than one might imagine, because after twenty- two novels featuring the same cast of characters, a series could become trite, or fall into a rut, which thankfully is not the case here.

A runaway bull headed straight for the Wal Mart Super Center, feral hogs, meth dealers, a haunting, and a few small town secrets kept me entertained and engaged enough that I finished the book in one sitting. I love the sheriff's wife, the quirky secondary characters, the banter, and folksy dialogue, and the comfort of touching base with familiar places and characters.

This series is firmly planted in the cozy mystery sub-genre, and I think that's mainly because there is no graphic violence, language, or sexual content, and the stories are not overly dark or gritty, but the mysteries are solid enough that anyone who likes a good whodunit will enjoy these stories, even if you haven't read every book in the series.

I only spent an afternoon with Sheriff Rhodes and his crew in Clearview, Texas, but it was time well spent.

Book Blurb for Between the Living and the Dead

Life is never easy for Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes. When he is called in the middle of the night to investigate gunshots at a haunted house, Rhodes finds the body of meth dealer Neil Foshee. Recently released from jail, Foshee has his fair share of potential murderers, including former girlfriend Vicki, her new boyfriend, the nephew of Clearview's mayor, and Foshee's criminal cousins Earl and Louie.

Complicating matters is Seepy Benton, the community college math professor who has a new summer job. He's founded Clearview Paranormal Investigations and wants to solve the murder by communing with Foshee's ghost. But when Benton connects with something else instead and a second body is found, Rhodes is left with more questions than ever. Who's the dead person? How long has the body been hidden? Is Benton really able to communicate with ghosts? And, most important, what, if anything, does the body have to do with Neil Foshee's death?

Between the Living and the Dead, Bill Crider's latest installment in the critically acclaimed Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series, finds Rhodes dealing with ghost hunters, runaway bulls, and assorted low-level crimes, including people's failure to use their turn signals. It's all in a day's work in Clearview, Texas.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.00