Saturday, August 4, 2012

Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen-Bill Crider

Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen

Bill Crider

Minotaur, Aug 21 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780312640170

At the Beauty Shack in Clearview, Texas someone mashes in the head of hair stylist Lynn Ashton using a hair blower. Blacklin County Sheriff Dan Rhodes leads the homicide investigation.

Owner Sandra Wiley, who found the corpse, tells Rhodes that Lynn was waiting for a late client after her and her other two employees (Abby and Lonnie) left for the day. He quickly learns Lynn apparently had trysts with married men and blackmailed them though Rhodes cannot confirm either of these allegations. While he and his team investigate the Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen, the murder of Jeff Tyler occurs. At the same time someone steals copper and car batteries, a pregnant Terrorist Terror of a goat frightens the townsfolk and amateur sleuth Seepy Benton insists he is not fictional sheriff Sage Barton.

The latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (see The Wild Hog Murders) is a strong police procedural. The key Rhodes’ investigation is the enigmatic Lynn proves to be a mystery with every potential clue to whom she really was only obfuscating the inquiry. Benton provides comic relief to an engaging Texas whodunit as immigration and high school football collide.

Harriet Klausner

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