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Twice Buried (Bill Gastner Mystery #3)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  311 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Bill Gastner, Undersheriff of Posadas County, knows ancient Anna Hocking didn't fall down her fruit cellar stairs by accident. He's also sure that elderly Reuben Fuentes knows nothing about the bodies scattered on his dusty, southern New Mexico ranch. No spring chicken himself, Bill summons his former deputy, Reuben's niece, from Mexico to help clear the old man of suspici ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1994)
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Sep 20, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
There are some pretty twisted people living around the fictional Posadas County, NM, and more of them show up in this novel. The title of the book, in a nutshell, is the main mystery to be "uncovered." There's an old uncle of the amazing investigative detective, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, who buries his three dogs that have been poisoned, but it's a mystery as to who poisoned the dogs. A long-time resident real estate agent is killed (shot twice) near where the dogs were buried, after a confrontation ...more
Robert Scott
Jul 06, 2015 Robert Scott rated it really liked it
Finished 03/25/2014. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is checking into the unattended death of a retired schoolteacher. He is called to the post office to take a report that R. Fuentes has entered with a pistol and laid it on the counter, then dropped it. F is the grand uncle of Estelle Reyes & G calls on her to join him when they interview F. Someone has poisoned 3 of F's dogs & then buried a young troublemaker under the dogs in their grave. When observed, a local real estate man is murdered. ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Twice Buried, by Steven F. Havill, no. 3 in the Bill Gastner series, borrowed from the Library for the Blind, but it is commercially available through

In this third book, Bill was getting ready to go to Mexico where Estelle’s baby was being baptized at the family homestead. Bill was to be godfather. But when he went out to visit Estelle’s uncle, whom she wanted him to bring with him, he found that the old man had troubles. Someone had poisoned his dogs. He buried the dogs and was bot
Douglas Cook
This series has been around for awhile, but I just found it on Amazon Kindle. Solid characters that tie me to the series. Small town western sheriff takes on the bad guys (with help from his friends)

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Anna Hocking called the Posadas County sheriff’s office at 9:14 P.M. on December 19. That’s what the dispatcher said and that’s what the telephone log confirmed. That same log showed that I responded to the call at 11:02 P.M. Two hours wasn’t our normal response time—but I had a list o
Cathy Cole
Jan 03, 2014 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
I know of readers who have a tendency to think that slender books can't possibly be as good as thick ones. Don't make that mistake with Steven F. Havill's Posadas County mystery series. Each book packs a big punch with a real feel for rural New Mexico, an engrossing mystery, and some of the best characters you'll find anywhere. Twice Buried can easily be read as a standalone. For that matter, the series itself doesn't necessarily need to be read in order, but I recommend that you do so-- especia ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it
Not up to the standards of later Gastner mysteries

Having read several of the later Undersherrif Bill Gastner mysteries I found myself a little torn with Twice Buried .

I love the character of Bill Gastner. The characters in this series are particularly well-developed and realistic. The procedures in this book are thorough and seemingly well-depicted (I'm not a police officer but it seemed pretty kosher to me) except for one very large hole in the way the investigation developed - a whole line of
Dec 02, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Posadas County mystery series. This 1994 series entry has Undersheriff Bill Gastner calling on former detective Estelle Guzman-Reyes for help in dealing with her grand-uncle. Estelle's Mexican heritage and widespread family tree often prove valuable to veteran lawman Gastner who is severely Spanish deficient. Strongly recommended, as are all books in this series (19 as of 2013).

Posadas County mystery - Responding to a phone call, Bill Gastner finds Anna Hocking dead, but his attention
Jun 29, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Still like the characters and am enjoying this series, thanks sis, for finding this one for me!
Karen Cowgill
May 08, 2016 Karen Cowgill rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book! sad in spots, but the evil ones were brought to book!
enjoyable read
Apr 18, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it
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PROTAGONIST: Undersheriff Bill Gastner
SETTING: New Mexico

For me, the series started coming in to its own in this 3rd book. I like the characterization of Undersheriff Bill Gastner, a bit understated. The other characters could use more development. The plot moved along well, but I did find the resolution a bit too convenient.
Aug 18, 2012 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
PROTAGONIST: Undersheriff Bill Gastner
SETTING: New Mexico

Third in the series, we learn more about Bill, his likes and dislikes, and the New Mexico town in which he lives and works as undersheriff. The characters ring true; he does a great job describing small town eccentrics and trailer trashy folks.
Goodloe Bankes
Jan 27, 2013 Goodloe Bankes rated it it was amazing

I am really enjoying this author. He writes in a way you can follow the story, and you feel like you are being told that story. While I try to guess ahead as to what will happen, it usually has a better twist than I had imagined. I would highly recommend anything by this author that I have so far read.
Dec 11, 2010 JoAnne rated it really liked it
first time for me to read this author and I found this book to be throughly enjoyable - author definitely has a style o writing to keep you immersed in his story
May 18, 2013 AnnieM rated it it was ok
It is so slow. I finished it, but it is definitely one of the more painful ones. Maybe the book is better, but the narrator make it take a million years.
May 02, 2008 Patty rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better. The characters are realistic and grow and change but not drastically and not in a way that makes them not fit.
Jennifer Diehl
Oct 13, 2013 Jennifer Diehl rated it really liked it
I really like the main character of this series...old deputy sheriff in NM. Plenty of police action and good as an audio book.
Feb 13, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
Thanks to Rosemary and Elma for sending me this book! Love the Gastner series, and this is one of my favorites so far.
Feb 24, 2013 Janice rated it really liked it
Another good mystery, set in southern New Mexico. This is the third in the series, and I want to continue on--
Gypsy Lady
Oct 17, 2009 Gypsy Lady rated it liked it
Fictional American Southwest setting featuring Sheriff Gastner and company.
Jan 23, 2010 Gina added it
I enjoyed this more than the first two in the series.
Jim Sampson
Jun 26, 2011 Jim Sampson rated it really liked it
AnothEr enjoyable read with sheriff gastner.
Nov 20, 2012 Claudia rated it liked it
Well written mystery.
May 20, 2010 Al rated it liked it
Well done.
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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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