Blanco County, Texas

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 456 ratings

Buck Fever Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award-nominated author Ben Rehder's Blanco County comic mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream. The novels have been optioned by Warner Brothers Horizon Scripted Television for development as a cable TV series.

Buck Fever: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy. Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: the man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either.

It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this debut comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.

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  • Book 1

    • Buck Fever

    • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 123

    It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An absolute delight.

    • By Leon Miller on 04-20-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Bone Dry

    • A Blanco County, Texas, Novel, Book 2
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Jordan Murphy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas - but few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at the start of this new deer season. Hunters are reporting an incredible sight: A six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes of which none of them have ever come across before. Everyone has a hearty laugh at the expense of a few embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Wild Few Days in Blanco County

    • By Zulu on 09-22-13
    • A Blanco County, Texas, Novel, Book 2
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Jordan Murphy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 12-17-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 62 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Flat Crazy

    • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    An unidentified wild creature is on the loose in Blanco County, and, over the protests of game warden John Marlin, the locals have convinced themselves they're dealing with a mythical vampirish beast called a chupacabra. It doesn't help Marlin's cause when a dead body turns up with a fang-like wound in its neck.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Ben Rehder.......so-so narrator

    • By Audrey F. on 06-30-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Guilt Trip

    • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Michael Gamache
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Life in rural Blanco County, Texas, isn't what most folks would call exciting - and that suits game warden John Marlin just fine. He's happy to spend his days and nights protecting the local wildlife from poachers. But when the tequila-slamming, skirt-chasing treasurer of the local Rotary Club goes missing and his vehicle is found in the river the day after a flood, Marlin finds himself in charge of the search efforts.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • ho hum... Sorry i bought it.

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-06-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Gun Shy

    • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Welcome to Ben Rehder's Blanco County, Texas, where the right to bear arms is about to go very, very wrong. In Gun Shy, the National Weapons Alliance rally in support of every American's right to bear arms is meant to garner huge publicity. And the host of the event is none other than the NWA's newest spokesman, handsome country superstar Mitch Campbell. What nobody suspects is that the Stetson-wearing, gun-toting, bull-riding Campbell is a fraud.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Tguess1 on 06-04-15
    • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 09-16-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Holy Moly

    • Blanco County Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    When televangelist Peter Boothe decides to build a megachurch on the banks of the Pedernales River, he thinks his biggest problem will be a few unhappy neighbors. However, when backhoe operator Hollis Farley unearths a rare fossil on the construction site - a discovery that could lead to plenty of embarrassing Darwinian publicity - the cover-up begins.

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  • Book 7

    • Hog Heaven

    • Blanco County Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    After a high-school football star dies in a late-night motorcycle collision with a wild pig, the boy's wealthy father comes up with a creative scheme to rid Blanco County of the feral pests: He tattoos the ear of one particular pig, then offers a $50,000 reward for anyone who shoots it. Game warden John Marlin is not pleased-chiefly because the bounty is likely to bring a wave of poachers and trespassers to the area. The tension rises even higher when the death of the local boy turns out to be more complicated than it originally appeared.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Read it but don't listen to this production

    • By Cynthia A Zepeda on 12-14-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 8

    • Stag Party

    • Blanco County Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    When the 102-year-old inventor of an amazing new hunting product is murdered, the clues point toward the Endicotts, a controversial reality-show family. Did one of the members do something desperate to claim the invention as their own and boost their waning popularity? Blanco County game warden John Marlin intends to find out, if he can prevent his best friend from having a deadly run-in with the prime suspect. Stag Party is the eighth novel in Ben Rehder's hilarious Blanco County mystery series.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great story by Ben Rehder

    • By Julianne on 08-13-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 9

    • Bum Steer

    • Blanco County Mysteries Book 9
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Robert King Ross
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    After a young woman and a bull are found dead in a dark pasture, Blanco County game warden John Marlin is asked to assist with the investigation. Was it a case of rustling gone wrong? Or maybe a prank turned deadly? Marlin hopes the woman's boyfriend can shed some light on the situation, but he's nowhere to be found. Is he on the run or did the woman's violent brother take matters into his own hands?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Please please please bring back Jonathan Davis!

    • By Harmonious Monk on 03-24-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 10

    • Point Taken

    • Blanco County Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Sean Hudson thought nothing of hopping a fence to dig illegally for Native American arrowheads, spear points, and other artifacts. Did his thieving, trespassing ways get him killed? How else to explain the small pickaxe that was found sunk deep into his skull? Blanco County game warden John Marlin has dealt with these kinds of looters before, so it's no surprise when the sheriff asks him to assist with the investigation. Marlin quickly learns that this case - like the soil at a dig site - has many layers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hope there are more

    • By L. Bane on 04-10-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 11

    • Last Laugh

    • Blanco County Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Ben Rehder
    • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    When a Blanco County hog hunter goes missing after a fight with his girlfriend, it's not a laughing matter - even when one of today's hottest blue-collar comedians is a suspect. Game warden John Marlin joins forces with the sheriff's department once again to root through the clues and discover the truth. Meanwhile, two of the county's most notorious poachers - Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock - decide to launch an investigation of their own, and the cops are not amused.

    Regular price: $19.95