Somehow, in my mystery reading, I missed Steve F. Havill's Posadas County Mysteries. After I read the most recent one for a review, I went back and picked up the first in the series, Heartshot. Fortunately, between the first and the most recent, I have thirteen more books in this terrific series of police procedurals.
Posadas County, New Mexico is a border county with a small population. But, it's a large enough county to cause problems for the sheriff's department. When a car accident kills five teens, Undersheriff Bill Gastner reports to the scene. When $150,000 worth of cocaine is found in the car, he calls for his best detective, Estelle Reyes.
Gastner is over sixty, overweight, and smokes too much. But, he's totally committed to his job, and he and Reyes won't quit until they find the person behind the drugs. But, suddenly, they have two more deaths on their hands. Gastner is determined to restore peace, and find a killer, or die trying.
After reading two books in this series, I have to say it's refreshing to read a police procedural in which the department works together, and respects each other. In many books, it wouldn't come as a surprise to find the sixty-year-old white male cop who doesn't like the Hispanic female deputy. Havill's characters respect each other, and work together to solve crimes. This is a satisfying series for those of us who love interesting, well-developed characters, a large number of books in which to read about those characters, and fascinating plots.
If you love good police procedurals, you won't want to miss Steven F. Havill's Heartshot.
Heartshot by Steven F. Havill. Poisoned Pen Press, published 2000. ISBN 9781890208295 (paperback), 208p.