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1. Double Prey A Posadas County Mystery - Steven F. Havill

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Praise for the Posadas County Mysteries "Full of bright local color and suffused with a compassionate understanding of human motivation." -Publishers Weekly of Out of Season A rattlesnake fang pegged in a teenager's eye is just the beginning of a spring day for Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. The injured lad's older brother goes missing, then is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed by his cartwheeling ATV. But most puzzling is what the dead boy found moments before he was killed...an astonishing discovery that takes deputies back to a five-year-old killing. Soon Estelle and the now-retired Bill Gastner find themselves looking for a murderer altogether too close to home. Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of more than forty years, Kathleen, in New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American west, taught secondary schools for 25 years, and recently earned an AAS degree in gunsmithing.

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2. NightZone - Steven F. Havill

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Praise for earlier Posadas County mysteries... "Descriptions...as spare as the Southwest desert, and the action gallops along." -Publishers Weekly of Statute of Limitations New Mexico rancher Miles Waddell is building his dream: an astronomy-based theme park called NightZone. But the dream becomes a nightmare when two eco-terrorists chain saw power lines that feed the development. One of them is killed by a bucking power pole. From 20 miles away, retired Sheriff Bill Gastner spots the headlights as the other man flees the scene. Soon charges include murder when an unrelated traffic stop and a gunned down policeman pull 74-year-old Gastner into a second investigation. Steven F. Havill lives with his wife, Kathleen, in New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty novels.

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3. Convenient Disposal A Posadas County Mystery (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Undersheriff Estelle Reyes - Guzman can't help but feel that the recent beating of Carmen Acosta and the disappearance of Carmen's neighbor, Kevin Ziegler, are related. She's just not sure how. There had been a fight - over a boy. Carmen Acosta had been suspended for six days, Deena for only three. And Carmen's vengeful friends were still around. To most people, hat pins are vestiges of the past, used now only by elderly ladies who don't leave home without a hat. But Deena wanted something to defend herself with. Is Deena somehow responsible for Carmen's injuries? Estelle has many suspects to choose from, since the Acosta family holds the record for the number of domestic violence calls the police have received. Is someone in the family responsible? Or is it someone else entirely? County manager Ziegler had a good relationship with Carmen's family, and was well respected in the community. Did Ziegler have a darker secret?

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4. Out of Season (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Venice, 1734. Singer Tito Amato has let fame go to his head. Neglecting his vocal practice for dubious pleasures, Tito finds himself demoted to secondary roles and overshadowed by a visiting star. When the murder of scene painter Luca Cavalieri threatens

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5. Bag Limit A Posadas County Mystery (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Parked on a side road on the flank of the second highest peak in the San Cristobal mountains, almost - seventy Bill Gastner doesn't foresee that a car full of drunk adolescents will run into his automobile. Nor that the driver will take off and disappear in the nearby woods. Taken into custody from his home, the prisoner seems far too upset about being arrested. During the trip to the jail he makes a desperate attempt to flee and is killed by an oncoming truck. Gastner has to learn what caused this tragic overreaction to a serious but unfortunately common DWI arrest.

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6. Bitter Recoil (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Aging Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner has weathered his quadruple bypass and is taking a rare vacation up in New Mexico's northern mountains. He's escaping meddlesome medical providers who wish he'd reform, but he is staging a reunion with his former detective Estelle Reyes who is working in San Estevan County. Arriving a day early at the Steamboat Rock Campground, his camping plans are interrupted by sirens. Suddenly, Gastner, Reyes, and her new doctor husband reunite over the body of a pregnant young woman. At first the detectives assume she was a hit - and - run victim. Then the medical exam reveals she was instead thrown from a moving vehicle after a rape attempt. Gastner's curiosity is piqued - but he's on vacation. Then four more deaths follow and the still - to - be - reckoned - with lawman steps in to stop the rash of murders .

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7. Dead Weight (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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A well - seasoned sixty - nine, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it's more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there's more to this ''accident'' than meets the eye. Adding to his problems, anonymous letters charging his best deputy, Tom Pasquale, with hustling Mexican nationals for cash are being dispatched around town. Gastner takes this one personally; he's fond of his deputy, but he does want the truth. He also knows it's an election year and dirty politics can happen anywhere. So can murder. Soon he's got not just one, but two dead bodies. And a strong desire to make sure that when he does retire, it's not by way of a well - aimed bullet....

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8. Heartshot (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Posadas County, New Mexico, has very few mean streets and no city - slick cop shop. But it has an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff - William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement - and doesn't want one, even if he's being nudged gently toward retirement. Then big time trouble strikes. A car full of teens, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goes air borne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a package of cocaine under the seat. Has someone brought big - time crime to the county. Bill is now dealing with grieving par ents - one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violence fells an undercover cop. Under pressure, the sheriff's department pulls together to make a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough to crumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoring all advice - and sense - he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midair confrontation where the fate of the killer - and the cop - will be decided....

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9. Double Prey A Posadas County Mystery (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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A rattlesnake fang pegged in a teenager's eye is just the beginning of a spring day for Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes - Guzman. The injured lad's older brother goes missing, and is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed by his cartwheeling ATV. But most puzzling is what the dead boy found moments before he was killed...an astonishing discovery that takes deputies back to a five - year - old killing. Soon Estelle and the now - retired Bill Gastner find themselves looking for a murderer altogether too close to home.

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10. Comes a Time for Burning (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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It's 1892. Busy stitching and bandaging lumberjacks' in - juries, young Dr. Thomas Parks has no idea that his worst enemy is lurking in the sleepy village of Port McKinney in the spring of 1892. When one of the working girls at the Clarissa Hotel is brought to the Clinic desperately ill, Thomas' newly arrived associate wastes no time in making the diagnosis - Asian Cholera has somehow found this backwater near Puget Sound. The cholera strikes viciously and kills in days, sometimes even hours. It soon becomes apparent that Thomas and his clinic have neither the supplies nor the means to provide effective treatment for the outbreak, and in hours, they are swamped. Afraid for the safety of his wife and daughter and all those close to him, Thomas is still driven by professional curiosity about the contagion's origins, especially when it appears that one of his own nurses is in some way responsible. Before he can mount a truly effective defense, the battle spreads, threatening the very life of the village. A man always driven by his own curiosities and ambitions, Thomas discovers that his greatest allies are those closest to him.

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11. Before She Dies (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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When Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes - Guzman and her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff, the thrill - seeking daughter of the local Republican County Chairman, in the brutal assault. Before he can interrogate her, though, she scoots. Soon Tammy is found crushed to death after her truck goes off the road while she's loaded with booze - too much alcohol, in fact, for anyone to hold... Originally published in 1996 by St. Martin's Press, Before She Dies is the fourth Undersherrif Bill Gastner mystery following Poisoned Pen Press' releases of ''Heartshot,'' ''Bitter Recoil,'' and ''Twice Buried.''

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12. Red, Green, or Murder (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is enjoying a day on Herb Torrance's ranch - soaking in the sun as he counts a small herd of cattle and thinking about an upcoming lunch with an old friend back in town. But a light breeze stirs dust, a horse spooks, and Bill finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher in the back of his SUV, headed out to meet an ambulance. Moments later, Bill's day goes from bad to worse as he is summoned by undersheriff Estelle Reyes - Guzman to an investigation of an unattended death. Too impatient for Bill to finish up out at the ranch, old George Payton had decided to eat lunch on his own. A couple of bites later, he collapsed - dead of an apparent heart attack. But something isn't right. It may well have been a heart attack, Estelle agrees, but something triggered it. Before any questions can be answered, the small herd of cattle Bill had just counted is found wandering down a county highway. But there's no sign of cowpuncher Pat Gabaldon or his boss' $40,000 truck and livestock trailer. Forced into two tangled investigations, Bill faces one of the most complex cases in his 35 - year career.

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13. Prolonged Exposure (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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Savvy storytelling infused with a spicy Southwestern setting. ''Not only does Havill offer a melancholy reinterpretation of that grand western myth of the slow - talking, fast - thinking lawman, he also writes crisp, marvelously detailed police procedurals in which a mix of technical know - how and informed common sense gets things done.'' - Booklist Bill Gastner is going crazy recuperating from heart surgery. Dreaming of green chili, he's rescued by a phone call from back home. The Undersheriff arrives in Posadas County only to learn that his own home has been burgled. Moreover, Gastner finds his cranky ancient neighbor Florencio Apodaca has borrowed a bit of land to bury his equally ancient wife - and the dead woman's stepson questions if she died a natural death. Meanwhile a young boy out camping has vanished from atop Cat Mesa. A stringent search convinces Bill, his treasured deputy Estelle Reyes - Guzman, and Sheriff Martin Holman that the boy has been spirited away. Poisoned Pen Press has republished the five earlier novels in Steven Havill's carefully, cleverly detailed police procedural series richly redolent of southern New Mexico.

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14. Twice Buried (Large Print 16pt) - Steven F. Havill

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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 suspicion. Eventually this generation - spanning law enforcement team finds a thread tying all the crimes together - a killer with no conscience

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15. One Perfect Shot A Posadas County Mysteries - Steven F. Havill

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Praise for One Perfect Shot... "Steve Havill has done it again....In this prequel to his long-running series...readers see Gastner at the top of his game, using good forensics, deduction and common sense." -Anne Hillerman A county employee is found sitting in his county road grader, shot to death. The simplest explanation-an errant bullet from a careless target shooter-is soon discarded. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, and investigation reveals the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim,who did nothing to defend himself. Meanwhile, Sheriff Eduardo Salcido has hired a new deputy: the first female road patrol deputy in the history of Posadas County, Estelle Reyes. Her shrewd observations shed important light on a crime that rattles all kinds of skeletons lurking in Posadas County closets. Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of 40 years, Kathleen, in New Mexico. One Perfect Shot is the 18th novel in his Posadas County Mystery Series.

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16. Red, Green, or Murder - Steven F. Havill

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Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is counting a small herd of cattle and thinking about an upcoming lunch with an old friend. But when a horse spooks, Bill finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher out to meet an ambulance. Meanwhile, too impatient for Bill to finish up out at the ranch, his friend George Payton decided to eat lunch on his own. A couple of bites later, he collapsed-dead of an apparent heart attack. But something isn't right. It may well have been a heart attack, but something triggered it. Then the herd of cattle Bill had just counted is found wandering down a county highway. But there's no sign of cowpuncher Pat Gabaldon or his boss' $40,000 truck and livestock trailer. Forced into two tangled investigations, Bill faces one of the most complex cases in his 35-year career. Steven F. Havill lives and writes in Ratón, New Mexico. Red, Green, or Murder is the newest novel in his Posadas County Mystery Series.

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17. Comes a Time for Burning A Dr. Thomas Parks Mystery - Steven F. Havill

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It's 1892, and young Dr. Thomas Parks, keeping busy stitching and bandaging lumberjacks' injuries, has no idea that his worst enemy is lurking in the sleepy village of Port McKinney. A working girl from the Clarissa Hotel is brought to the Clinic desperately ill, and Thomas' new associate wastes no time in making the diagnosis-Asian Cholera has somehow found this backwater near Puget Sound. It is soon apparent that Thomas and his clinic have neither the supplies nor the means to provide effective treatment, and in hours, they are swamped. Thomas is driven by professional curiosity about the contagion's origins, especially when it appears that one of his own nurses is in some way responsible. Soon the battle spreads, threatening the very life of the village. Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of 40 years, Kathleen, in New Mexico. Comes a Time for Burning is second in his Dr. Thomas Parks series of historical novels, following Race for the Dying.

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18. Blood Sweep: A Posadas County Mystery - Steven F. Havill

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Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become a renowned concert pianist, touring the world. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry-and that's magnified when she learns that he's in Mexico's crime-ridden Mazatlan for a concert series where he may be kidnapped...

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