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The Fourth Time Is Murder (Posadas County Mystery #6)

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Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is always busy, but more so now than ever. The sheriff is still not completely recovered from his stay in the hospital, and she is recovering from a hospital stay herself. After a long day at work, Estelle is happy to clear off her desk and drive home, where her beloved family waits. She hears her cell phone ringing as she pulls into the

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by St. Martin's Minotaur
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Dale Harcombe
Aug 30, 2015 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. My husband bought this home and I picked it up and thought it looked interesting so ended up reading it first. I have not read any of this author’s other books and so was new to Posadas County in New Mexico and Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. For me one of the strengths o of this book was the setting and the characters. I really liked Estelle a busy woman who loves her job, even though she is still recovering from a long hospital stay after an injury occurred in the li ...more
Catherine Woodman
I very much enjoy this series--the writing is good for genre (ie. not great for genre and really not great overall). Estelle, who has been the heroine or the focus in the last several books, is finally coming into her own as a character, and while Bill Gaston is not completely out of the picture and his presence is always welcome in the novel, it seemed alot less necessary in this one--Estelle is going to be on her own soon. The plot is modestly complicated, with two of the three interwoven stor ...more
Jan 30, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Although I was disappointed when Bill Gastner retired as Posadas County sheriff, he has a juice subsidiary part in this book, although the lead goes, as usual, to undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. Estelle is on the scene when a dead body is found in a car wreck (and the descriptions of car crashes in this book may put you off driving!). But there's something strange about the corpse, and about his ruined truck. As Estelle--accompanied by a women's magazine writer--asks questions in the tiny bor ...more
MaryJo Dawson
Feb 23, 2016 MaryJo Dawson rated it liked it
The sixth book in Steven Havill's Posadas County mysteries, featuring deputy sheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, is a very well written police procedural. The southern New Mexico landscape and background for the book is very well portrayed. The plot is rather unique and plays out well. The savvy deputy is likeable. If you are a J.J.Jance fan, besure to give Steven Havill a try.
Why only 3 stars? This isn't the type of mystery I personally gravitate toward, so while it was an enjoyable read for me, othe
Oct 16, 2011 Johanne rated it did not like it
hm -- if I want to listen to police radio, I'd turn on the radio. How boring!!!!! And it's not any more exciting, just because you throw in all those "4 10" and "3 10" and "what's your 20"?

Anyway, ymmv, but I couldn't make myself listen to any more of this after about 15 minutes or so. Hm, could also be that the actor makes it extra boring, not sure.
Dec 03, 2008 Gloria rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A strong, Latino female sheriff is the main character in a story set in the deep Southwest. While a murder is at the center of this Hispanic community, opposing positions regarding illegal immigration are also threaded throughout. There are suggestions of graphic injuries and violence, but nothing to gross anyone out.
Dec 18, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, mystery
#15 in the Posadas County series.

Posadas County mystery - A man swerves to avoid a deer on a rain-slicked highway, flips over the guardrail, and plunges to his death. Under-sheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman notices a suspicious footprint at the scene. The autopsy is troubling, the actual cause of death was drowning. The crash victim was delivering sweepstakes awards to locals.
Jan 21, 2013 Daphne rated it really liked it
Audio version. I really like Havill's writing style. He finds a new way to approach the same characters in the same town often, as he does here. He develops worlds that operate realistically, with characters floating in and out and developing along the way.
Something of a police procedural centered on Mexican-American undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her co-workers, this kept my interest and involved a road accident turned murder as well as a variety of nicely sketched local characters.
LInda L
Jul 05, 2011 LInda L rated it really liked it
Really good mystery -- it's # 6 in this series, but I plan to read the previous 5. Intersting heroine -- Hispanic, law enforcement, married to a doctor, 2 little boys one of whom is a musical prodigy. Can't wait for the rest of them.
Feb 20, 2011 JoAnne rated it really liked it
Southwestern detective mystery with a strong female main character. Plots revolves around two separate events that winds up involving the same people or community: illegal immigration and sweepstakes scams.
Marianne V
Sep 06, 2009 Marianne V rated it it was ok
So so mystery about a female assistant sheriff in a small New Mexico town.
Jan 09, 2015 Delores rated it it was amazing
best one
Jim Sampson
Jun 26, 2011 Jim Sampson rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the continuation of this series. Gastner is now retired but the new main character Estelle is tough nut like gastner.
Jean Kovats
Jan 28, 2017 Jean Kovats rated it it was amazing
Different but good, nice people
Nov 20, 2010 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Southwestern mystery with female Under-sheriff protagonist. Setting well captured; plot not so well.
Holly S.
CSI at a Tony Hillerman pace. Great summer read!
Apr 13, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Glad the murder was solved, but felt I was left hanging over the underground network bringing in illegal workers.
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Steven F. Havill is an American author of mysteries and westerns.

Havill lives in Raton, New Mexico, with his wife Kathleen. He has written two series of police procedurals set in the fictional Posadas County, New Mexico; along with other works.

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Posadas County Mystery (10 books)
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  • Convenient Disposal (Posadas County Mystery, #3)
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