A Romantic Way to Die

A Romantic Way to Die

A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery

Book - 2001
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Sheriff Dan Rhodes is overwhelmed by authors, agents, suspects, and a killer when a romance writers' convention comes to Blacklin County and male model Terry Don Coslin, the county's most famous former resident and headliner of the convention, turns up dead.

McMillan Palgrave
Dan Rhodes, the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, has seen more than his share of strange events during his time in office-most recently he exorcised a ghost from the county jail and he has always tolerated the banter between his elderly jailer and dispatcher. However, not even Hack and Lawton's friendly word play could have prepared him for the group of writers that have descended upon Blacklin County.

When Vernell Lindsey, Clearview's newly published romance novelist, decides to hold a romance writer's convention, residents think this will finally get their town on the map. They are even more excited when they learn that former Clearview resident Terry Don Coslin will headline the event-Terry Don is now the most sought after male cover model for these very novels.

Rhodes doesn't understand why so many people are interested in writing, but this becomes the least of his concerns when a local aspiring novelist is found dead in her room at the college. Was her death the work of a jealous rival? Or did her new book get a bit too close to certain people's real lives? As he investigates, Rhodes begins to learn more about the publishing industry and some sordid facts Terry Don. Is he at all connected to the murder? When another murder occurs, Rhodes receives the unwelcome aid of two aspiring novelists, eager to switch from romance to mysteries. Their theories are a little too far from the truth, but Rhodes does make some headway on his own.

Relying on his trademark common sense and cunning and the help of his deputy sheriff Ruth Grady, Rhodes is able to solve the murders although he still can't figure out why so many people want to write a novel.


Blackwell North Amer
Dan Rhodes, the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, has seen more than his share of strange events during his time in office - most recently he exorcised a ghost from the county jail - but nothing could have prepared him for the group of writers that has descended upon Blacklin County.
When Vernell Lindsey, Clearview's newly published romance novelist, decides to hold a romance writer's convention, residents think this will finally get their town on the map. They are even more excited when they learn that former Clearview resident Terry Don Coslin will headline the event - Terry Don is now the most sought-after male cover model for these very novels.
Rhodes doesn't understand why so many people are interested in writing, but this becomes the least of his concerns when a local aspiring novelist is found dead in her room at the college. Was her death the work of a jealous rival? Or did her new book get a bit too close to certain people's real lives? As he investigates, Rhodes begins to learn more about the publishing industry and some sordid facts about Terry Don. Is he at all connected to the crime?
When another murder occurs, Rhodes receives the unwelcome aid of two aspiring novelists eager to switch from romance to mysteries. Their theories are a little too far-fetched, but Rhodes does make some headway on his own.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 231 p
ISBN: 9780312209070
031220907X
Branch Call Number: Crid

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Sheriff Dan Rhodes investigates the death of an author during a romance writer's convention.

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