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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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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
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
#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.
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.
Michele bookloverforever
interesting mystery. enjoyable, quirky characters. good series.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Sampson
Enjoyed the continuation of this series. Gastner is now retired but the new main character Estelle is tough nut like gastner.
Glad the murder was solved, but felt I was left hanging over the underground network bringing in illegal workers.
Southwestern mystery with female Under-sheriff protagonist. Setting well captured; plot not so well.
Marianne V
So so mystery about a female assistant sheriff in a small New Mexico town.
Holly S.
CSI at a Tony Hillerman pace. Great summer read!
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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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