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Double Prey: A Posadas County Mystery    by Steven F. Havill order for
Double Prey
by Steven F. Havill
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Steven F. Havill's Double Prey is the 17th book in his Posadas County mystery series! Each one is as engrossing as the last and provides a really great read.

A young neighbor of Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is found dead in an arroyo, at the site of his ATV crash. According to New Mexico law, an unattended death must be investigated. Reyes-Guzman discovers this death resulted from more than a careless teenager on a joyride.

The teenager's younger brother is being treated for a rattlesnake fang that punctured his eye. While the child fights for his life, his brother lies dead in the arroyo. Back history comes into play and it becomes a matter of asking questions of anyone who owns land on or near the arroyo.

Action is the byword here. I couldn't read and turn the pages fast enough. The descriptions of the topography of this piece of New Mexico made me feel as though I drove over the back trails and walked on the uneven ground. The characters sure wouldn't fit in the East - nor would the gun racks in the back of their trucks - but their clothing and speech sound authentic.

Double Prey is a good read that shouldn't be missed. Havill has also written the Dr. Thomas Parks series as well as four standalones.

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