Books by Allana Martin

DEATH OF THE RIVER MASTER by Allana Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"Despite the skimpy mystery, Texana's sixth (Death of the Last Villista, 2001, etc.) offers more than enough local color to make you think about packing your bags—and a couple of canteens, just to be safe."
Where is the water? Texana Jones ends up asking from her bordertown trading post when her veterinarian husband is arrested for murder. Read full book review >
DEATH OF THE LAST VILLISTA by Allana Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Texana's fifth adventure (Death of an Evangelista, 1999, etc.) is marked as usual by a strong, unsentimental affection for its border setting and by enough neatly solved mysteries to keep Hollywood busy for years."
When it was released in 1961, Panchito, an epic about the colorful career of Pancho Villa, died a swift death at the box office, and it's not entirely clear why producer Scott Regan now wants to return Dane Anthony and Rosalinda Pray, its surviving stars, to Polvo, Texas, for a video memorializing the film. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN EVANGELISTA by Allana Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1999

"Lovers of regionalism will still welcome this third dispatch from Martin's colorful borderland, as will those with a taste for injustices by the bushel; others may think twice before knocking."
As if there weren't already enough crime in tiny Polvo, Texas, trading-post owner Texana Jones, returning from root-canal work across the Mexico border, comes upon a dead body in a waiting cab. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SAINT MAKER by Allana Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Highly recommended for regional buffs, and a good introduction for buffs-in-waiting."
Pity poor Gringo, Pete Rosales's pit bull. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A HEALING WOMAN by Allana Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1996

"But this is a quietly absorbing debut nonetheless—with lean, atmospheric narration by no-nonsense Texana, a grim subplot about a rabies outbreak (Texana's husband is the region's top vet), and a persuasive portrait of bicultural life along a vibrant, violent border."
Texana Jones, owner of a desert trading-post near the Mexican border, is still grieving over the unsolved murder of her best friends when she finds the body of Rhea Fair: an aging, reclusive curandera—a healing woman—trusted by both Anglos and Mexicans. Read full book review >