Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Blood Sweep: A Posadas County Mystery
Steven F. Havill
Poisoned Pen, Apr 7 2015, $24.95
ISBN 9781464203893

In Posadas County, New Mexico an unknown sniper just misses killing Sheriff Robert Torrez.  The trail leads to a dead Miguel A. Quesada, whose vehicle contains a rifle that could be the one used in the murder attempt; but leaves unanswered who killed him and why.

Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman worries about her beloved former boss retired Sheriff Bill Gastner who broke his hip; her nonagenarian mom who withdrew $8000 from the bank; and her concert pianist son performing in a cartel dominated area of Mexico.  Adding to her tsuris is meeting Benedicte Maz√≥n, who insists he is the black sheep uncle she never met before or even heard of.

The twentieth Posadas County police procedural is an intriguing mystery in which Reyes-Guzman’s family drama supersedes the Torrez-Quesada subplot.  Targeting longtime fans, Blood Sweep engages those who have read the backstory (see NightZone and One Perfect Shot); newcomers will appreciate the police case and the rustic environs but struggle with understanding what the heroine knows and more significantly not knows re her family.

Harriet Klausner

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