Yes I do remember Bill Crider and his "Sheriff Dan" mysteries.
The novel you mention was actually titled "Murder Most Fowl" and I'm curious as to whether or not Bob Dylan borrowed(?) it for "Murder Most Foul."
Many of you will remember Bill Crider. Bill was a long time Kingston Trio fan. He wrote mystery novels.
It was not by coincidence that the Kingston Trio and their music would be reffered to in a story.
He also would often use, with permission of course, names of KT fans as characters in his books. I got to be a guy that rented a house to a couple of losers, Max Schwartz owned a restaurant and a music store...and so on.
One of the books in the well known "Sheriff Dan" series was titled..Murder Most Foul.
Coincidence...maybe, maybe not.
In the words of Bob Dylan:
This is an unreleased song we recorded awhile back, that you might find interesting.
I gave it the title of "Murder Most Foul" - going back to that tragic day in Dallas,
on November 22nd, 1963 - when they shot our President down in cold blood.
After I recorded it, a lot of people had their own ideas about this song.
Does it have to do with the collapse of the American dream?
All I remember is that there was a certain evil within our midst - not seen in a hundred years.
What I consider to be "Murder Most Foul" - robbed us of President Kennedy's brain,
robbed us of a symbol for the positive, forward-looking American spirit
which John F. Kennedy represented.
Nearly six decades later, we haven't forgotten.
Now with this Covid-19 upon us, social distancing, and the death of thousands,
due to the failures and incompetence of our leaders and the powers that be,
reminds me of JFK's assassination - and today, we've got this global pandemic to deal with.
World gone wrong, all over again.
Stay safe, stay observant, and may God be with you.
- Bob Dylan (March 27th, 2020)