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When Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff, thWhen Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff, the thrill-seeking daughter of the local Republican County Chairman, in the brutal assault. Before he can interrogate her, though, she scoots. Soon Tammy is found crushed to death after her truck goes off the road while she's loaded with booze-too much alcohol, in fact, for anyone to hold...Originally published in 1996 by St. Martin's Press, Before She Dies is the fourth Undersherrif Bill Gastner mystery following Poisoned Pen Press' releases of "Heartshot," "Bitter Recoil," and "Twice Buried."...

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Number of Pages : 218 Pages
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Before She Dies Reviews

  • Eric_W
    2018-08-27 18:41

    Steven Havill writes a wonderful series​​​​ about law enforcement in fictional Posadas County, New Mexico. Under-sheriff Bill Gastner is overweight, out of shape, loves Mexican food, and is one of those people you would just love to know. He's empathetic and kind, intelligent and tenacious and he knows the county better than the back of his hand. As someone who lives in a sparsely populated county, I really respect the difficulties faced by the sheriff's deputies. At any given time they might be responsible for patrolling 900 square miles and there might only be 3 or 4 available at any one time. They have to know the area and the people and it's not an easy job. You get that sense from listening to these books. (Another very good series about the particular problems of county policing is Donald Harstad's)The whole series has been recorded by Books in Motion and released as well on Audible read by Rusty Nelson whose gravelly voice is perfect.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Cathy Cole
    2018-08-24 17:54

    These Posadas County mysteries are little gems. All about family and friends and support and compassion, when something bad happens to one of them, everyone is galvanized to do something to help. The elements in this series that keep me coming back for more are the picture perfect setting of a small town in the Southwest with its entwined heritage of the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo residents; truly intriguing plots that usually keep me stumped; and a cast of characters with whom you feel right at home. Insomniac Bill Gastner is a tough old bird, filled with compassion and self-deprecating wit, he's capable of lulling suspects into a false sense of security before swooping in with the handcuffs. Or perhaps he'll send in someone else with the cuffs because this older man is all too aware of his physical and emotional limitations.Before She Dies has yet another of those "stump me" plots that I've grown to love (and expect), and watching this cast of characters grow together warms my heart and makes me smile. Are you one of those people who loves the Western element in Craig Johnson's Sheriff Walt Longmire mysteries? Something tells me you'd enjoy a trip down New Mexico way. Walt and Bill are two lawmen who'd get along together just fine.

  • Francis
    2018-09-19 16:42

    Well he is likeable. I mean what's not to like about a self effacing, ageing overweight Sheriff who wonders every day if he should be put out to pasture. Yep, you can see him looking like a corpulent Buddha sporting a flat-top hair cut with dusty brown uniform, clip down sun glasses and a big star on his chest and some boots requiring a polish.But don't under estimate him, those lines around his eyes aren't just crows feet there the lines of experience, patience and a stubbornness that just don't quit. And it's his town and his people and he knows every one of them and they know him and everybody feels better cause he's around.It's a small town in a big county watched over by a big hearted man, and that's why I like this series so damned much. The story was pretty damn good as well, worth checking out if you like small town people who care for each other but once in while get to drinking, makes some mistakes, get unnaturally riled up, or run into a bad apple or something like that and need somebody to put things back the way they was.But then, that why, it's a good thing he's around.

  • Janice
    2018-08-27 20:38

    Another good read in this series, this time has the Undersheriff investigating the murder of a member of his own squad. Good descriptions that continue to help with character development, and with a sense of the landscape, with the setting in southern New Mexico.

  • Karen Murphy
    2018-09-09 14:53

    I quite enjoyed this book in the series by New Mexican author Steven Havill. Posadas County is a fictional place in southwest NM, and a lot of the story took place where I live. That wasn't the only reason I liked it, though! The author weaves a tightly constructed mystery involving the death of one of the under-sheriff's own deputies. I was on edge throughout waiting to find out if the only badly wounded witness to the murder would survive.

  • Midwest Geek
    2018-08-26 19:52

    This is my first in the series about undersheriff Bill Gastner, of which this is #4. The story was just ok, although it is a good mystery. I didn't much care about the victim or her family; she seemed to be a spoiled brat who never grew up. I also didn't care who the killer was or why. I find Gastner's behavior in the face of danger (whether human or natural) implausibly reckless; he would not have lived to reach his present age. I might read another in the series but not soon.

  • E
    2018-08-24 15:57

    I greatly enjoy this series and its self-deprecating, middle-aged, overweight protagonist Undersheriff Bill Gastner. The development over several books of his mentorship of, working relationship and friendship with Estelle Reyes-Guzman is realistic and lovely to see. I do get tired, however, of the stylistic quirk of his always referring to her with all three of her names. Surely once she has been introduced the first time in each book, we could dispense with the formality. This quirk appears with references to several other characters in the series as well, including Martin Holman and Robert Torres. We really don't need full names used throughout the entire book. But that is a very minor complaint in a series chock-full of interesting characters and settings. Rusty Nelson's down-home audio narration is perfect.

  • Ed
    2018-09-18 20:46

    #4 in the Posadas County mystery series. I discovered this series in August 2010 and promptly shoehorned the first five into my overloaded reading schedule in as many weeks. As part of the world outside the mystery realism found in the series, reporter Linda Real loses an eye during a ride-along with a deputy. Real rehabs and joins the Sheriff's Department as a recurring character. Very enjoyable series.Posadas County mystery - Reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with a deputy who is killed. Teamed with Reyes-Guzman and her sharp eye, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff. Before he can interrogate her, she scoots. Soon she is found crushed to death after her truck goes off the road while she's loaded with booze.

  • Sally
    2018-09-16 16:40

    This is number 4 in the Sheriff Bill Gastner mysteries. I listened to it before book 3 because the previous one wasn't available for check out from my local library yet. And so, there was a little gap in what I missed in the third book.I am still impressed with Steven Havill's plots. So far he has come up with plots that are not typical of police procedurals or cozy mysteries. Unlike "Murder She Wrote" stories, where you wonder how so many murders can happen in such a small town, the crimes in the fictional Posadas, New Mexico are believable, although there are some characters with pretty messed up lives that commit these various crimes (mostly murder in some way). I'll be listening to more in this series.

  • Robert Muller
    2018-09-09 15:41

    This is an early Gastner novel set in New Mexico, strong police procedural structure with nice use of evidentiary procedure and fairly subtle clues (at least they were subtle to me). It's a wonder anyone has cars in New Mexico what with most of them being shipped South of the Border with impunity. And that's probably the big flaw: the police are focused more on the plot-related crimes than on their jobs, and that left me feeling a little dubious about the police work, not good in a procedural. Finally, the last couple of chapters were pretty manipulative, the police just acted like the author's puppets and weren't true to their developed capabilities, losing control when they really shouldn't have.

  • Robert Scott
    2018-09-03 17:45

    Finished 03/30/2014. The Posadas County Sheriff's Dept is shocked and appalled when one of their deputies is murdered while on duty and reporter Linda Real is severely injured. Then a young lady is found in her pickup over 300 yards down a steep slope off a county road. After determining that it is murder Bill Gastner & Estelle Reyes with the help of the rest of the department and other citizens decide that it is all part of a scheme to take stolen vehicles to Mexico to be sold. One of the local auto salesmen, the son of the owner of the Broken Spur saloon is at the heart of it and has a network of people to assist him in the scheme. #4

  • Patty
    2018-08-30 12:57

    Once again Havill delights his readers with this episode in the Bill Gastner series. The undersheriff still can't sleep, Estelle is back as his part-time detective and one of his other deputies has been shot. Now he and Estelle work together to solve the mystery is a delightful ride. These stories fit nicely in the police procedural with a cozy bent. I'll be getting the next book in the series soon because I love visiting with these people.

  • Rosemary
    2018-09-13 16:05

    PROTAGONIST: Undersheriff Bill GastnerSERIES: #4SETTING: New MexicoFourth in the series.I am tearing through this series, staying up too late at night :-). In general, the characters are wonderful, the plots a little weak in the finish. Crash scenes that were depicted so well in the early books are starting to sound a little repetitive by book four, but the people and situations, including the motives for their crimes, continue to be fun and to ring true.

  • Carol Crigger
    2018-09-11 14:40

    The title to this one doesn't say much for the story, but I have a history of enjoying books from Poisoned Pen Press so picked it up. Sure glad I did as it kept me turning the pages. I love books set in the rural areas of the country and Mr. Havill does a great job with the setting on this one. Excellent characters, too.

  • Kate
    2018-09-08 18:50

    Undersherrif Bill Gastner - overweight, ageing and insomniac but stills ticking to his resolve to be a non-smoker. .This time it turns out to be smuggling cars across the Mexican border which the investigation into the death of drunken, young, wild Tammy turns up. Sense of place is strong in the setting and the society. Definitly dusty little border town New Mexico, this.

  • Linda
    2018-09-21 17:40

    Another great book by Steven Havill. I love all of his books. What more can I say? I own almost all of his books. I am now reading them for the second time and enjoying the experience as much if not more than last time!

  • Ellen
    2018-08-31 13:04

    I listened to this book, and really enjoyed it. The main character is a man after my own heart, over-weight, older, gets short of breath, but the wise old cop who knows all. The narrator was perfect for the book. Good light reading!

  • Jim Sampson
    2018-09-04 12:49

    Truly great read by the author. Great characters who the story is told through.

  • Harlequin Books
    2018-09-19 17:49

    Miniseries: A Posadas County Mystery

  • Barbara
    2018-09-24 15:39

    Good police procedural set in rural New Mexico. Gastner is a wonderful character.

  • Gypsy Lady
    2018-08-24 18:02

    Fictional American Southwest setting featuring Sheriff Gastner and company.

  • Janet
    2018-09-14 16:58

    Another wonderful Undersherif Gastner story. Stolen vehicles, murders,wrecked vehicles. Great plot.

  • Joyce Cantrell
    2018-09-20 21:00

    I liked this book. The characters are great, and I liked the problem solving that takes place in the novel. I am a fan of all of Steven Havill's books!

  • Martha Newman
    2018-09-14 13:49

    I love this author and I love Sheriff Bill Gastner! He's an overweight 60-something sheriff in the vast nowhere of the boot heel of New Mexico where the closest town of any size is Deming.

  • Karen Cowgill
    2018-09-21 14:01

    Very good book!! Some of it was a little too sad, but altogether, a good read!! (get it...good read? hahahahaha!!) Sorry! I got a little carried away...still, it really is good!!

  • Doris Pearson
    2018-09-04 15:02

    I enjoyed this mystery. Very good writer. I was stumped on who the killer was. A good read!