Books by Steven Havill

THE FOURTH TIME IS MURDER by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"The Posadas County Mystery series (Final Payment, 2007, etc.) notches its sixth with all its signature virtues intact: good writing, an unerring sense of place and a protagonist it's a pleasure to root for."
Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, sometime hero to the 7,500 souls of bucolic Posadas County, New Mexico, is about to become a national figure. Read full book review >
FINAL PAYMENT by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2007

"Less local color means a lesser entry in what's still a very good series (Statute of Limitations, 2006, etc.)."
A concert, a bike race and three dead bodies—it's all business as usual for Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman of Posadas County, NM. Read full book review >
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2006

"A series that still feels freshly minted."
"It's the Christmas from hell," says a hard-pressed deputy from Posadas County (N.M.), and Under-sheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, his usually unflappable boss, is not disposed to argue. Read full book review >
CONVENIENT DISPOSAL by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 24, 2004

"Literate, lively, and sharply observed as ever. Mystery fans who haven't yet made the trip to Posadas County, consider yourselves deprived."
In unassuming Posadas County, New Mexico, trouble once more starts small and turns murderous. Read full book review >
A DISCOUNT FOR DEATH by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A first-rate police procedural, small-town division. And Estelle's a charmer."
Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman gets her second star turn here, and longtime fans of Posadas County, New Mexico (Scavengers, 2002, etc.), won't mind a bit. Read full book review >
SCAVENGERS by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"A bit light on plot, as usual, but there's solid pleasure to be derived from Havill's consistently good writing, colorful cast, and dead-on sense of place."
With Sheriff Bobby Torrez away on a course, newly appointed Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is suddenly top banana in Posadas County law enforcement. Read full book review >
BAG LIMIT by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2001

"Nice, easygoing, entirely literate prose, and if the approach is a bit too 'cozy' for some tastes, others will delight in dollops of local color and in Sheriff Bill, of course, who may well be the most endearing small-town lawman ever."
It's work he was born to and he knows it, but now, after 32 years, Bill Gastner, sheriff of Posadas County, New Mexico, is eager to sing his swan song. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The likable Gastner (Out of Season, 1999, etc.) is caught up this time in a plot that breaks down more frequently than his ancient sedan."
Sheriff Bill Gastner, now in his late 60s, well-padded around the middle, and sweltering through another patch of the torrid weather in Posadas County, New Mexico, has two problems concerning young deputy Tom Pasquale. Read full book review >
OUT OF SEASON by Steven Havill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The good news is that he's losing his uninspiring boss, Sheriff Martin Holman, to a timely homicide."
Out Of Season ($23.95; Oct. 1; 304 pp.; 0-312-24414-2) The bad news in this seventh dispatch from Posadas County, New Mexico, is that aging, ailing Undersheriff Bill Gastner (Prolonged Exposure, 1998, etc.) is losing his indispensable deputy, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, to her husband's job in far-off Minnesota. Read full book review >
PROLONGED EXPOSURE by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 1998

"Maybe he should retire and let her take over the franchise."
Jerked back to New Mexico's Posadas County while he's recovering from surgery at his daughter's place in Michigan, Undersheriff Bill Gastner (Privileged to Kill, 1997, etc.) finds that, yes, his neighbor Florencio Apodaca has indeed buried his ancient wife Gloria on Bill's property, much to the outrage of Gloria's stepson Stanley Willit and the bemusement of Bill himself. Read full book review >
PRIVILEGED TO KILL by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"176, etc.) quietly continues a project virtually unique in detective fiction: anchoring his tales of crime and punishment as closely as possible in the rhythms of small-town friends, routines, and calamities."
More trouble has winged into New Mexico's Posadas County, this time on the heels of rolling stone Wesley Crocker, whom Undersheriff Bill Gastner gives a lift into town when he meets him on the road wheeling his crippled bicycle. Read full book review >
BEFORE SHE DIES by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Maybe Bill's fifth case (Twice Buried, 1994, etc.) should include an appended map and phone directory."
Posadas County, New Mexico, can't be home to more than a few thousand souls, but Undersheriff Bill Gastner evidently knows them all and grieves like a father whenever trouble comes to any of them. Read full book review >
TWICE BURIED by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1994

"But Bill and his hardscrabble neighbors—especially Estelle, who seems destined for a return to Posadas next time—are as modestly appealing as ever, and in his third outing, he does his best detective work yet."
What connection could there be between the ``accidental'' death in her own basement of long-retired schoolmarm Anna Hocking and equally ancient Reuben Fuentes's paranoid rumblings about the people who poisoned his dogs? Read full book review >
BITTER RECOIL by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Land of Enchantment."
Pregnant Cecilia Burgess wasn't knocked off the San Estevan mountain road by a hit-and-run driver: she was tossed out of a moving pickup driven by five teenagers who are now being systematically eliminated. Read full book review >