Gastner/ Posadas County

23 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689 ratings

Heartshot Publisher's Summary

New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.
©1991 Steven F Havill (P)2002 Books in Motion
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  • Book 1

    • Heartshot

    • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 135

    New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Start

    • By Ian on 03-05-09

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  • Book 2

    • Bitter Recoil

    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    Aging Undersheriff Bill Gastner's vacation is interrupted by the dead body of a young woman, apparently thrown from a moving car. Other murders convince the Undersheriff to lend a hand.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good clean listen

    • By AmyJo on 11-22-11

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  • Book 3

    • Twice Buried

    • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Undersheriff Bill Gastner knows that the dead bodies on Reuben Fuentes' ranch cannot point to the old man. Gastner summons former deputy Estelle Reyes for help.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good mystery. Well-developed characters.

    • By MidwestGeek on 05-15-17

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  • Book 4

    • Before She Dies

    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    A reporter for the Posadas Register barely survives a night-time patrol with one of Undersheriff Bill Gastner's deputies, and the investigation points to a young woman known for her thrill-seeking.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good mystery; interesting characters.

    • By MidwestGeek on 10-16-13

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  • Book 5

    • Privileged to Kill

    • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #5
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Wesley Crocker is accused of the murder of young Maria Ibarra, who was found near the "camping place" of the drifter. Crocker's account of the previous night leads Undersheriff Bill Gastner to more troubling questions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • i always enjoy these books

    • By anna on 03-14-12

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  • Book 6

    • Prolonged Exposure

    • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #6
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    The disappearance of a young camper atop Cat Mesa convinces Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Estelle Reyes-Guzman that the boy has been spirited away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • slow build fast finish

    • By John on 03-09-16

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  • Book 7

    • Out of Season

    • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #7
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Sheriff Martin Holman of the Posadas County Sheriff's Department didn't like flying, much less at night, with bad weather. So why he took a plane ride over a nearby mesa under those dangerous conditions is a question as disturbing as why somebody shot the pilot dead from the ground - causing the plane to crash. Undersheriff Bill Gastner, a 60-something warhorse just months away from retirement, now has a murder on his hands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mental picture

    • By Helen on 06-25-09

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  • Book 8

    • Dead Weight

    • A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    A well-seasoned 69, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it's more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there is more to this "accident" than meets the eye.

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  • Book 9

    • Bag Limit

    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Bill Gastner, the reluctant sheriff of Posadas County, New Mexico, anticipates his last few days in office will be uneventful. That is, until local teen Matt Baca drives drunkenly into the back of Gastner's cruiser and flees into the night. His eventual capture turns tragic when the boy becomes irrationally violent and takes a fatal tumble into oncoming traffic. Adding to the tragedy, Matt's father is found dead in his tiny kitchen. Is this all a terrible coincidence, or is something more sinister afoot?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bag Limit

    • By M.K. on 08-06-10

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  • Book 10

    • Scavengers

    • Posadas County Mysteries #1
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Not one, but two dead bodies are found in the harsh New Mexico desert. The first man's face is smashed beyond recognition, and the second one appears to have been forced to dig his own grave before being murdered...execution style.

    Soon, new Sheriff Robert Torrez and Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman are knee deep in the midst of a brutal murder spree that spans both sides of the border.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Performance excruciating

    • By Marc D on 03-21-16

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  • Book 11

    • A Discount for Death

    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    In this sequel to Steven Havill's Scavengers, Estelle Reyes-Guzman plunges into her new job as undersheriff of Posadas County and the action never stops. As Bill Gastner, recently retired sheriff, lurks diplomatically in the background, Estelle must deal with the disappearance of a local insurance broker who was about to be indicted for fraud. A far worse challenge comes when one of her officers, on a wild chase through town, causes the death of a young single mother in a motorcycle crash. And if that wasn't enough, now there is a dead body. It looks like suicide...or does it?

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  • Book 12

    • Convenient Disposal

    • A Posadas County Mystery
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    To most people, hat pins are vestiges of the past, used now only by elderly ladies who don't leave home without a hat. But recently, the notion store in Posadas County has been doing a good business selling hat pins to teenage girls. Following a "cat fight" over a boy, one of the girls, Carmen Acosta, had been suspended from school. But Carmen's friends are still around. So Deena, Carmen's rival, wants something with which to defend herself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as previous books

    • By ada hathaway on 01-09-12

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  • Book 13

    • Statute of Limitations

    • Posadas County Mysteries #4
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman and ex-Sheriff Bill Gastner arrive at a motel parking lot to find it has turned into a crime scene, and the body of the retired chief-of-police is at the center. It appears that he had an exchange with two men and then collapsed while the men took off in his car. An out-of-town couple are the only witnesses...but their story doesn't ring true.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By Richard on 12-20-10

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  • Book 14

    • Final Payment

    • Posadas County Mysteries #5
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The rugged Cat Mesa country north of the village of Posadas is hosting the first annual Posadas 100, a cycle-cross bicycle race that promises to attract more than 140 competitors. Despite enough injuries during the pre-race practice to promise a spectacular and dangerous race, Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman has even more pressing concerns on her mind.

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  • Book 15

    • The Fourth Time Is Murder

    • Posadas County Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is always busy, but more so now than ever. The sheriff is still not completely recovered from his stay in the hospital, and she is recovering from a hospital stay herself. After a long day at work, Estelle is happy to clear off her desk and drive home, where her beloved family waits. She hears her cell phone ringing as she pulls into the driveway. A truck has gone off the road and the driver's body found near the wreck.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not crazy about the narrator

    • By Linda on 07-19-17

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  • Book 16

    • Red, Green, or Murder

    • A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #10
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is enjoying a day on Herb Torrances. But Bill soon finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher in the back of his SUV, headed out to meet an ambulance.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slow, laboriously under developed, not as good as past stores.

    • By Rhoda on 10-23-17

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  • Book 17

    • Double Prey

    • Posadas County Mysteries #7
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wrong narrator

    • By itinerant on 01-29-17

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  • Book 18

    • One Perfect Shot

    • A Posadas County Mystery
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation - that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter’s rifle blew out Larry Zipoli’s brains - is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, and investigation shows that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim - who did nothing to defend himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Justice prevails,

    • By Michele Harmon on 02-22-13

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    • One Perfect Shot

    • Posadas County Mysteries Prequel
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation - that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains - is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, an investigation reveals that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim - who did nothing to defend himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series!

    • By karen on 12-22-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 19

    • Night Zone: Posadas County Mystery, Book 19

    • Bill Gastner, Book 11
    • By: Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    What do you do when you inherit $330 million after taxes? If you're New Mexico rancher Miles Waddell, you build a dream. A flat-topped mesa and a third of a billion dollars equals Nightzone Zone, an astronomy-based theme park, complete with giant radio telescope, a bank of smaller scopes linked to a theater, five-star dining in a restaurant with retracting dome ceiling, a hotel/resort, tram car access, and a narrow gauge steam locomotive to carry tourists to the mesa top. Glorious. And too ambitious for many residents of Posadas County.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid writinv

    • By Craig on 08-07-18

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