Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek
A Samuel Craddock Mystery
Seventh Street Books, October 2014
This is a fun, Texas small town murder mystery, with a victim that lots of people have a reason to kill. It’s an engaging read and a quick one.
As a town, Jarrett Creek and many of its people have hit hard times. I don’t know if small towns really have that many people involved in so much mischief but Jarrett Creek seems to have very few honorable people living there and although it’s fun to read about, I certainly wouldn’t want to live there. I did like Samuel Craddock, the former Chief of Police, and found lots of the characters fun or interesting.
There is so much going on in Jarrett Creek that I did not guess the ending and that always pleases me. The only issue I had with the book was that too many characters are introduced too quickly – I counted 14 just in Chapter 1. The good news is that eventually all the names and backgrounds get straightened out for the reader and it soon becomes clear who is important to the story and who isn’t.
This is the third in the Samuel Craddock series but it is the first book in the series that I’ve read and it reads easily as a standalone.
Reviewed by Constance Reader, October 2014.