THE FOURTH TIME IS MURDER by Steven Havill
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THE FOURTH TIME IS MURDER

KIRKUS REVIEW

Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, sometime hero to the 7,500 souls of bucolic Posadas County, New Mexico, is about to become a national figure.

Speaking on behalf of A Woman’s World, a national magazine of considerable distinction, respected writer Madelyn Bolles has a proposition. If the undersheriff is amenable, she’ll be profiled in depth as a woman whose accomplishments other women are bound to find admirable, even inspiring. Estelle—beautiful, brainy, but unalterably modest—is not a bit amenable until she meets Madelyn and instinctively trusts her. As a result, she offers the journalist the chance to ride along with her in order to observe a small-town law-enforcement officer in action. As if on cue, Posadas County becomes decidedly un-bucolic and the action a great deal more violent than anticipated with the grisly murder of a young man no one seems to know. Can he be connected to a sneaky, sophisticated scam? Settling down to her sleuthing, Estelle performs with her usual brilliance. So does Madelyn. Warmly invited to revisit any time, she makes only one stipulation: “Promise me no ride-alongs.”

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.

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-312-38063-2
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dunne/Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008




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