Mismanagement is in full swing when former mayor Alton Coldwater leaves the town of Jarrett Creek bankrupt. Rusty Reinhardt, the new mayor, called for a meeting for an answer on how to pay the police force. Before the mayor could even get started, son of the bank's owner, Gary Dellmore completely took over the meeting.
Here the author leaves you wondering what in the world happened. By the next morning Dellmore is found dead. He was shot outside the meeting place. That was just the beginning. Since the police force wasn't getting paid, they all quit. There is another meeting at which Samuel Craddock, former police chief, agrees to return for a dollar a year. The author leaves you with a lot of questions. Why would Craddock come back for a dollar a year? The only police force he had left was a part time officer, Bill Odum.
The author gives you many suspects to Gary's murder. His life was a mess. He was married and had other women. He made bad money choices and so much more. There were so many who may have wanted Gary dead.
The town was a failure and that forced Craddock to investigate further into the town and its people. The author wrote the book at a pace that made it an easy read and yet the reader could easily keep track of the characters and the events that were going on in this little town.
The only fault I found was in myself. I should have read the first two books first. That would have introduced some of the characters and would have given me some background info on them and the town.
The book was a good, suspenseful mystery that may keep you up reading till all hours. There are so many questions to answer, murders to solve and people to question. You will be wondering if they were part of it. How long will the town exist? Read DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK, but first read the first two books.
Jarrett Creek is bankrupt. Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to the main bank, is dead, apparently murdered. Samuel Craddock thought he was retired but now he's been asked to return as police chief. Dellmore supposedly had a roving eye, although his wife says he was never serious about dallying. Still, Craddock wonders: Did the husbands and fathers of women he flirted with think he was harmless? What about his current lover, who insists that Dellmore was going to leave his wife for her?
Craddock discovers that Dellmore had a record of bad business investments. Even worse, he took a kickback from a loan he procured, which ultimately drove the town into bankruptcy. Many people had motive to want Dellmore dead.
Then the investigation turns up another crime. As Craddock digs down to the root of this mess, many in Jarrett Creek are left wondering what happened to the innocence of their close-knit community.