Review: Double Prey by Steven F Havill

Title: Double Prey {Posados County # 16; Undersherrif Estelle Guzman #8}

Author: Steven F Havill

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Sypnosis: A rattlesnake fang pegged in a teenager’s eye is just the beginning of a spring day for Posadas Undersheriff Estelle Guzman. The injured lad’s older brother goes missing, and is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed by his cartwheeling ATV. But most puzzling is what the dead boy found moments before he was killed…an astonishing discovery that takes deputies back to a five year-old killing. Estelle and the now retired Bill Gastner find themselves looking for a murderer altogether too close to home.

To be published Jan 2011

Status: Read on October 18, 2010 — I own a copy (ARC)
My Thoughts:

Double Prey is a police procedural/mystery, the sixteenth novel in the Posadas County series and the eighth with Undersherrif Estelle Guzman as the focus. The book held up well as a stand alone, I didn’t know that this was part of a series until I had finished reading it and ran a search on the author.
Havill has an authentic writing style that I found appealing. The dialogue is natural and by extension his characters felt genuine, his skill with the dialogue is what makes each character distinct. I liked Estelle’s no nonsense attitude, and the glimpse into her family gives her some warmth. Gastner has an old boy quality that makes him perfect as a mentor.
The pace is fairly relaxed as there is no real urgency in solving the case. I would have liked a bit more action perhaps. The storyline is linear and uncluttered and the mystery is interesting. It doesn’t quite tie up completely, that loose thread is a small irritation though.
Double Prey is a fine book, a good read and I’ll be looking out for the previous in the series.

@ Goodreads


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