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St. Martin's, Nov 2001, 23.95, 240 pp.
ISBN: 031220907X

    Everyone in Clearview, Texas knows their neighbors on a first name basis and no one bothers to lock their car or house. The violent crime rate is extremely low, but once in a while Sheriff Dan Rhodes has to do “real” police work.
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    Dan expects he and his staff to work crowd control with a romance writer's convention in town, but not anything else. However, that first night, someone murders an attendee in her hotel room, but no one heard any loud noises. Dan questions everyone at the conference, but they all have alibis. Soon, the culprit kills a famous male cover model. As Dan investigates the second homicide, someone tries to murder him too, but the tenacious Sheriff continues to seek the truth.

    Anybody who enjoys a down home country mystery or have attended a romance writer's convention will want to pick up a copy of A ROMANTIC WAY TO DIE. The plot constantly switches tempo betwixt the hilarious scenes between the romance writers and the serious police procedural without slowing down the pace of the story line. Anyone could prove to be the culprit as motives exist and false leads and red herrings abound turning Bill Crider's latest book into a fun to read mystery.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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