The town of Jarrett Creek is broke, bad decisions have made
it so they can't even afford to pay their police. The chief
has quit and taken the full time deputies with him. This is
a problem made only worse when the body of a wealthy man is
found at the location of the town meeting the previous
night. Now Samuel Craddock is asked to take over the job as
chief for the pay of $1 a year. Samuel accepts and begins
his investigation. As he searches for the killer he also
begins to unravel who and what caused the town to invest in
a water park that caused the town to go broke.
DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK is a mystery in a small town
with all the wonderful aspects of small town intrigue.
When you throw in that solving the murder, may lead to
finding out what caused the town to go broke, you have a
good story. Each of the characters represents what you
would expect from a town that size in Texas and they are
quite enjoyable. I had a hard time getting into the story,
but it only took a few pages and then I was hooked.
BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK is more of a cozy mystery and the
character of Samuel Craddock is a good old boy with
smarts. Though this is part of a series of books about
Samuel Craddock, it can easily be read as a
Terry Shames has created an interesting town full of people
you want to read about. DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK is a
great read while you're your sitting on your porch enjoying
or taking a break from the real world.
Jarrett Creek is bankrupt. Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to
the main bank, is dead, apparently murdered. Samuel
Craddock thought he was retired but now he's been asked to
return as police chief. Dellmore supposedly had a roving
eye, although his wife says he was never serious about
dallying. Still, Craddock wonders: Did the husbands and
fathers of women he flirted with think he was harmless?
about his current lover, who insists that Dellmore was
to leave his wife for her?
Craddock discovers that Dellmore had a record of bad
business investments. Even worse, he took a kickback from a
loan he procured, which ultimately drove the town into
bankruptcy. Many people had motive to want Dellmore dead.
Then the investigation turns up another crime. As Craddock
digs down to the root of this mess, many in Jarrett Creek
are left wondering what happened to the innocence of their