Terry Shames is an American author of mystery novels. She writes the Samuel Craddock series. Terry grew up in Texas, and has always had a soft spot for its landscape and culture. It’s that small town life that inspired her fictional town of Jarrett Creek. She graduated from the University of Texas, and earned an MA from San Francisco State University. Her novels have earned multiple Macavity awards. Terry lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and dogs.

Terry Shames made her debut as a published author in 2013 with the novel A Killing at Cotton Hill. Below is a list of Terry Shames’ books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Samuel Craddock Books

A Killing at Cotton Hill(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Death of Jack Harbin(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Reckoning in the Back Country(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Terry Shames Synopsis: A Killing at Cotton Hill is Terry Shames’ debut novel, and first book in the Samuel Craddock mysteries series. The chief of police of a small town is also an unreliable drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in to investigate. He discovers that a lot of people may have had it in for Dora Lee – the conniving rascals on the farm next door, her estranged daughter, and her live-in grandson. And then there’s that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. As Craddock digs to find the identity of the killer, the human foibles of Jarrett Creek’s residents – their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues – are also revealed.

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