Murder at the Jubilee Rally

Severn House. (Samuel Craddock, Bk. 9). Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781448309344. $29.99. M
Three years after A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, Shames’s empathetic sheriff returns in a well-written police procedural that doesn’t skimp on the humanity. The Jubilee Motorcycle Rally is a controversial topic at the Jarrett Creek, TX, council meeting. While some residents want to ban the motorcycles from the town for the week, business owners rely on the traffic. It almost comes to blows before police chief Samuel Craddock suggests a business curfew as a compromise. Craddock only expects the normal troubles from the rally, but when he’s called in the middle of the night because of a murder there, he discovers the body of a resident. With thousands in the area, he knows he has a limited time to discover a killer, whether from the rally or someone the victim knew well. At the same time, he’s dealing with his nephew’s troubled teenage daughter who is staying with him for the week. It takes skill to investigate murder while handling a rebellious 16-year-old yearning for excitement and adulthood.
VERDICT Suggest for fans of mysteries featuring small-town police forces, including novels by Claire Booth, Steven F. Havill, and Tricia Fields.
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