The Sheriff and the Panhandle Murders

Crawford County, Texas, hadn’t had a deliberate homicide in 80 years, and Sheriff Charles Matthews liked that statistic just fine, particularly since his department wasn’t generously endowed with manpower. He had one deputy who took pride in how far he could spit tobacco and another one who couldn’t tell his backside from his elbow. Neither of these deputies bothered Crawford County because folks understood them. They didn’t altogether understand Charles Matthews. It wasn’t his law degree- lots of folks had law degrees and were still respectable-and it wasn’t the fact he was from Dallas. It wasn’t even because he never told anybody why he left Dallas. It was because Charles had no nickname in an area where nicknames were as common as sagebrush. Still, Crawford County took Charles at face value as a good man until he proved otherwise. When Billy Joe Williams was murdered on a lonely county road, Charles knew that someone else counted on being taken at face value.


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“The scene is in the mythical town of Carroll in an equally mythical Texas county of Crawford. Meredith has truly caught the atmosphere of such places – the ‘Texas’ feeling and language…let’s hope she continues.”
The Houston Chronicle

“It is one of the delights of Meredith’s ‘Sheriff’ novels that she knows the Panhandle country and Panhandle people so well that she can mirror not only what it must be like to be a lawman there but what it is like to live there.”
El Paso Herald-Post

“Very good…with some unusual twists…Even the seasoned reader should be cautious: this is a very cleverly thought-out novel.”
El Paso Times

“A fresh, snappy voice of crime fiction.”
Newsday

“Meredith’s ooks are recognized for their taut plotting, reader-involving characters and crisp dialogue.”
Mystery Scene

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