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Survivors Will Be Shot Again By Bill Crider: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Survivors Will Be Shot Again, and a link to pre-order it from Amazon, as well as a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Sheriff Dan Rhodes hasn’t had a day off in a long while so now seemed as good a time as any. He was at the Pak-a-Sak pondering whether or not to end his boycott against Dr. Pepper. Since only he knew about it, what could it hurt to have one soda? It was just his bad luck that a masked man with a gun came in to rob the place before he could make a decision.

One thing leads to another and the next thing he knows, he’s on his way to Billy Bacon’s place. Thieves struck again, though what there was left to take was a puzzle. Finding a dead guy in the barn just reinforced the idea that a day off wasn’t in the plan. book

The dead guy turns out to be Melvin, who lives nearby and who’s had things stolen from his place as well. It doesn’t make any sense—how did he get there? No truck or car tracks. He could have walked—nearby is relative in the country. Billy swears he doesn’t know anything, but Rhodes is sure he’s lying, about what is the question.

Joyce, Melvin’s now widow, tells Rhodes he can search their house for any clues as to why Melvin would have been at Billy’s in the first place, if Rhodes will let the dogs out for her and feed them too. When he and the dogs get back from a walk in the woods, Joyce’s brother-in-law, Will, is on hand to rescind the offer. He’s of a mind that the government is monitoring his phone calls, internet use, and more so a search without a warrant is just one more grievance.

Ruth, Rhodes’ deputy, is with him when they find a marijuana patch deep in the woods—guarded by an alligator. It’s not too unusual to find a patch here and there, but the alligator is a new touch.

Things are getting complicated. Usually the pieces come together, even if there’s a gap or two in the picture, but this time, with so many odds and ends and lies, the pieces aren’t cooperating fast enough to suit Rhodes. When a second body turns up, also on a seldom used farm, ‘complicated’ starts to look good in comparison.

This is the twenty-third Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery. Crider also wrote the Professor Sally Good series, Professor Carl Burns mysteries, and the Truman Smith Private Eye series; all are cozy mysteries. His Westerns are hard-edged and gritty; his children’s books fun for all.

Reviewers special note:
These days, publishers do some promotion for new books, but a lot of the work falls on the authors themselves. Although he describes himself as a pretty boring guy, Bill Crider is known to be one of the nicest, most generous authors around. He’s just gotten some bad news, healthwise, and could use good thoughts, prayers, and support from his friends and fans. Survivors Will Be Shot Again is due to ship on August 9. Pre-orders would be a great visible sign of support. Reviews and word of mouth would be an enormous help. Post on Facebook, write about it on Goodreads, request that your library carry his books. Bill needs to focus all his energy and time to getting well. Let’s take care of promoting his latest good mystery for him. It’s a nice payback for all the good stories he’s told us.

To enter to win a copy of Survivors Will Be Shot Again, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “survivors,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 6, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky Richardson July 30, 2016 at 9:06am

Thanks for sharing this giveaway with us. I would love to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com


2 Ann Cox July 30, 2016 at 9:59am

I love his books. Enter me in the contest


3 Michael E. Stamm July 30, 2016 at 10:00am

Me too–I would love to read this!


4 Rick Willis July 30, 2016 at 10:05am

Just about time to scratch my Sheriff Dan Rhodes itch. Good luck to all the entrants, and especially to Dr. Crider.


5 Dianne Mossor July 30, 2016 at 10:49am

The book sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway. Sending prayers for Bill.


6 Cynthia E. Blain July 30, 2016 at 11:30am

This book sounds really wonderful and I will preorder it at my local Indie book store this weekend if possible.

I read mostly mystery, suspense and cozy mystery and this book will definitely make a nice addition to my to be read books on my end tables, my coffee table, my desks, …. you get the picture.

Wishing the author much success with all of the releases. Keep writing Bill Crider/Sandra Murphy and all authors who will someday attain all of their goals.

Cynthia Blain


7 Glen Davis July 30, 2016 at 11:49am

I can’t wait for this one! I have all the rest of the series, and this one sound as good as the others.


8 Robyn K July 30, 2016 at 1:54pm

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway and chance to win! areewekidding@yahoo.com


9 Dianne Casey July 30, 2016 at 2:43pm

I have read a lot of good reviews about Bill Crider’s books. Looking forward to reading.”Survivors Will.Be Shot Again”. Thanks for the chance.


10 Dona Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
July 30, 2016 at 4:39pm

Thanks for the giveaway.


11 Vickie Kennedy July 30, 2016 at 4:39pm

I am totally excited to read a book from a new to me author. I would like to say that I hope you are well soon. Will be adding you to my prayer list Bill Crider. You are not alone in your struggle. So many people will pray for you and miracles happen everyday. Much love sent to you and your family. I will share this link to help you with your sales.


12 Merry Chapman
Twitter: @Merry C
July 30, 2016 at 6:41pm

Wow! I love the title and now I really want to read this book!!!!!!Thanks for a chance to win. MErry


13 SHELLEY S July 30, 2016 at 7:04pm



14 Donna Gantt July 31, 2016 at 3:40am

I’ve read every Bill Crider book I can get my hands on. Happy to see this new one. Thanks!


15 Annette N July 31, 2016 at 10:45am

New to me series. Sounds like a wonderful premise.


16 Beverlee Smith
Twitter: @CactuspareBev
July 31, 2016 at 12:18pm

Now this is my kind of book!!!! Would love a chance to read and review it. email is: cactuspare(at)cox(dot)net


17 Valerie Hoynacki July 31, 2016 at 2:39pm

I’ve always enjoyed Crider’s books. A cowboy and a mystery!! YIPEE!


18 Brooke Bumgardner
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
July 31, 2016 at 6:13pm

I have heard great things about Bill’s books. I would love the chance to read.
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19 Amary July 31, 2016 at 7:28pm

Sounds very interesting on my list


20 Benjamin Potter
Twitter: @benjap
July 31, 2016 at 7:35pm

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next Crider novel. Maybe via giveaway. benjap@pobox.com
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21 KarenM August 1, 2016 at 9:47am

Sending get well wishes to Bill. I will look for this at my library if I don’t win a copy here. Libraries need those circulation numbers too, or they can’t keep buying an author’s next release.


22 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
August 2, 2016 at 12:02am

Please enter me, I would love to win!! lindaherold999@gmail.com


23 Doward Wilson August 2, 2016 at 12:26pm

I have not read this author in many years. Thanks for a great post.


24 Debra H. Goldstein
Twitter: @DebraHGoldstein
August 3, 2016 at 8:42am

Looking forward to Bill’s new book. Know it will be a winner so can’t wait to read it


25 Mary irvine
Twitter: @maryirv
August 3, 2016 at 12:30pm

I would love too win this! New to this author!!! Would love to read this!!! Looks exciting!!! I know it will be another number #1best seller!!


26 Brenda Tucker August 5, 2016 at 5:20pm

Survivors will be Shot sounds like a terrific read. Good wishes go to Bill. He needs to feel better to write more


27 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 15, 2016 at 1:42pm

We have a winner!


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