Progress has come to Blackstone County, Texas. Hack got his computer at the jail. The computer is nice and all that and though he feels vindicated he isn’t satisfied. They need televisions in the jail. And he wants cameras for the patrol cars. Considering how many times Sheriff Rhodes has had a physical alteration next to his county car, cameras might be a good thing.


What isn’t a good thing in the minds of many is that Wal-Mart has set up right outside Clearview. As has happened across the country in numerous small towns, the arrival of the big chain has destroyed the small downtown area of Clearview. A once thriving downtown is now vacant and virtually empty of any pedestrian traffic. The arrival of the store has caused the closing of most of the Mom and Pop stores as well as driving off some of the smaller chains. Elijah “Lige” Ward used to have a hardware store.  These days he chains himself to the front doors of Wal-Mart in protest demanding the store to close.


Of course, Sheriff Rhodes has to go out and deal with that situation.  Emus have also come to the county and as a result there are now thefts of Emus instead of cattle. While cattle rustling can be tracked and dealt with, Emu theft is a bit trickier. The old standby, chickens, is still around and still being raised to fight by some on the county. You know with all this going on, there will be another murder and Rhodes will soon be working the case, chasing suspects, and dealing with a host of other issues in the county.


At least it is early June and election season is far off. He’s going to lose a few votes by finding out all the dirt on his neighbors. Sheriff Dan Rhodes wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, he would like not to get in some many brawls with suspects and he probably would like to be home for dinner on a more regular basis.


Released in 1994, this novel takes readers back to Blackstone County for another adventure in an idyllic setting. The recurring characters, except his daughter, Susan return. Ivy makes a couple of appearances to bounce ideas of as well as to provide dietary comedic life. Marrying Ivy has changed the sheriff in many ways, including his pantry. It also seems to have regulated her to a role less on stage which is too bad because she is interesting and a character worth having around.


Another solidly good outing that keeps the series going and provides an interesting case for the good sheriff. Cozies don’t get much better then this and it is a good one.


Murder Most Fowl: A sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery

Bill Crider

Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press

September 1994

ISBN# 0-312-11387-0


200 Pages


This book was provided by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple © 2008


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