A Mammoth Murder by Bill Crider
Pretty soon, a guy (I won’t say which) is murdered in the woods. Big Woods, no less. Did his friend do it? Did one of his ex-wives do it? Did one of his ex-wives’ husband do it? And when you take a picture of the corpse, is there something missing? Then someone else turns up dead. And there’s a search for Bigfoot. It turns out that when Bigfoot hunters come to Blacklin, they’re not the refined, sophisticated intellectuals in tweed that you might have imagined for yourself. Instead, they’re…uncouth. And then there’s the hunt for a mammoth. It turns out the tweedy types you thought might be looking for Bigfoot are, in fact, digging up bones with trowels and brushes. Not the rowdy trucker types I had imagined. Go figure.
In any event, Big Woods contains more than one mystery to be solved and Sheriff Rhodes puts up with his staff just long enough to solve them. And get shot in the process.
Now, the big question is whether there will be more Sheriff Rhodes mysteries. You’ll have to wait for my interview with Bill to find out. Unless, he makes something be known otherwise, of course.
*Whenever I’m in Texas (four visits, zero incidents of violence) I assume the Texans are packing. Whenever I meet Bill, I make sure not to startle him with a backslap or by shouting his name for this very reason.