TERRY SHAMES & SC PERKINS-A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary & Murder Once Removed


Monday, June 3 at 7PM

speaking & signing
A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary Murder Once Removed


Chief Samuel Craddock's old friend Loretta Singletary--a mainstay of the Jarrett Creek community--has undergone a transformation, with a new hairstyle and modern clothes. He thinks nothing of it until she disappears. Only then does he find out she has been meeting men through an online dating site for small-town participants.

When a woman in the neighboring town of Bobtail turns up dead after meeting someone through the same dating site, Craddock becomes alarmed. Will Craddock be able to find Loretta before she suffers the same fate? Finding out what happened to Loretta forces him to investigate an online world he is unfamiliar with, and one which brings more than a few surprises.


The captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster deals with murders in both the past and present.

According to her friends, Lucy Lancaster, Austin, Texas genealogist, has never been drunk. Tipsy, sure, but drunk? No way. So when she arrives back at her office from a three-martini lunch a few sheets to the wind, it's a notable occasion. Even more momentous is what her client, Austin billionaire Gus Halloran, has announced on live television with a blotto Lucy standing at his side: Texas senator Caleb Applewhite might be responsible for the murder of Seth Halloran.

Of course, Lucy is a genealogist, so the murder in question took place back in 1849. And it's possible that another nineteenth-century Texas politician may, in fact, have wielded the death blow. Lucy is determined to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who the guilty man is, but when her curiosity lands her at the scene of another murder—this time, in the present-day—she realizes that the branches of some family trees shouldn't be shaken.


Terry grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, and her Samuel Craddock series, set in the fictitious town of Jarrett Creek, is based on the fascinating people, landscape, and culture of the small town where her grandparents lived.

The first book in the series A Killing at Cotton Hill received the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery of 2013. It was nominated for The Strand Critics Award and a Left Coast Crime award for Best Mystery. The Last Death of Jack Harbin was nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Novel and was named one of the top ten mysteries of 2014 by Library Journal. MysteryPeople named Shames one of the top five Texas mystery authors of 2015. Her sixth, An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, a prequel, January 2017, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it a "superior" novel with "resonance in the era of Black Lives Matter." Read more from Publishers Weekly on An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock.

After graduating from UT, she joined the CIA, where she was trained at Langley, Virginia as a computer programmer/analyst. She worked in that field for the next several years, moving from Washington, D.C., to Denver, Colorado and eventually settling in San Francisco. Burned out in the stress of the computer world, and wanting to concentrate on writing, she attained her real estate license and worked in that field while she got her MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Her first foray into novel-writing was a sci-fi novel of the extra-terrestrial variety—now safely tucked away in a drawer. From there she began writing mystery novels, taking a break while her son was in school. When he was a senior, she went back to writing, and soon began work on the Samuel Craddock series.

Terry now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two rowdy terriers. Her son, Geoffrey, lives in Los Angeles, where he works in social media. She is president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America.


S.C. PERKINS is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and eating lots of great Tex-Mex, both of which inspired the plot of her debut mystery novel. Murder Once Removed was the winner of the 2017 Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition. She resides in Houston and, when she’s not writing or working at her day job, she’s likely outside in the sun, on the beach, or riding horses. Visit her website at scperkins.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Facebook @SCPerkinsWriter.

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A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary: A Samuel Craddock Mystery (Samuel Craddock Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633884908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - April 23rd, 2019

Murder Once Removed (Ancestry Detective #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250189035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - March 19th, 2019

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