Well written, well plotted -- good addition to the series. See if my review has been posted on www.reviewingtheevidence.com
I'm not certain if Havill is a darned good writer of if perhaps my love of New Mexico clouds my judgment but, I can't get enough of this series. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is shrewd and curmudgeonly and he always solves the case. There is nothing flashy or showy about this book or this series. It is a straight up police procedural and one that takes place in a large and sparsely populated county in a large and sparsely populated western state. Good stuff!
undersheriff bill gastner, just months away from retirement, now has a murder on his hands. the only possible lead is a roll of film
This is another sterling entry in Steven F. Havill's Posadas County mystery series. The author has put so much life into this fictional county in southwestern New Mexico that you'd swear it was real-- and if it were, I'd want to go for a visit.
Out of Season covers a lot of ground. It shows us ranchers trying to survive when money is every bit as scarce as water but those bills still have to be paid. It shows us a tiny sheriff's department trying to subsist on a shoestring budget at a time when employees are getting good job offers from law enforcement agencies with a lot more money-- and now the death of the sheriff is going to have a profound impact on everyone there. Of course, life would not be complete without a bit of meddling from members of the City Council.
The setting isn't the only strength to this series. The cast of characters is superb. If characterization means a lot to you when you read mysteries then you have to get your hands on this Posadas County series. These characters are most definitely not static. They grow, they change, they have health problems, they get married, they move... everything you and I do, well, they do it, too. When you read these books, you're making friends. (So what if they're fictional?)
The only quibble I have with Out of Season is that the story relied too much on the technical aspects and not enough on the characters, but that's not about to stop me from reading the next installment. Bring it on!