Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, May 16, 2012 / “Dance on His Grave” by Sylvia Dickey Smith

Today’s featured book is Dance on His Grave by Sylvia Dickey Smith.

"Dance on His Grave" by Sylvia Dickey Smith

“Dance on His Grave” by Sylvia Dickey Smith

Why I chose this book:

First book in the series from Killer Nashville alum Sylvia Dickey Smith. Woman detective. Character-driven plot. Regional: Texas / Louisiana. Cajun ambience flavored, I’m sure, by Sylvia’s previous sassy cookbook. As Julia Child might say, “bon appetite” to both!

Dance On His Grave is a strong start to the Sidra Smart mystery series. Sid is a compelling character; a woman who lived a sheltered life until she decided she wanted out of a controlling relationship and is now determined to start her life anew. . . A female baby-boomer as a private eye is a fresh addition to the mystery genre, even more appealing, one with intelligence and maturity. Sid’s Aunt Annie is a likeable, albeit quirky character, and Sid’s mentor George Leger lends a colorful Cajun ambience to the story. This well-written mystery falls under the category of page-turner and will keep the reader entertained throughout.” -Christy Tillery French, author of The Bodyguard and the Rock Star Sidra Smart, rookie private eye, struggles to survive her own internal conflicts as she plunges into a surreal world of passion and murder. Fifty-year-old Sidra Smart is not your ordinary rookie private eye. A recently divorced preacher’s wife, she knows nothing about running the private detective business she’s just inherited from her brother. But soon her first client bursts in with vague flashbacks of a grisly thirty-year-old murder. The story takes place in and around Orange, Texas, in the borderlands where Texas and Louisiana meet, a region filled with colorful characters, good food, and dark secrets.

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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