Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman can’t help but feel that the recent beating of Carmen Acosta and the disappearance of Carmen’s neighbor, Kevin Ziegler, are related. She’s just not sure how.
There had been a fight—over a boy. Carmen Acosta had been suspended for six days, Deena for only three. And Carmen’s vengeful friends were still around. 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 Deena wanted something to defend herself with. Is Deena somehow responsible for Carmen’s injuries?
Estelle has many suspects to choose from, since the Acosta family holds the record for the number of domestic violence calls the police have received. Is someone in the family responsible? Or is it someone else entirely?
County manager Ziegler had a good relationship with Carmen’s family, and was well respected in the community. Did Ziegler have a darker secret?
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Series:||Posadas County Mysteries , #3|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
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These books are really good reads...I finish one and open another...They remind me of the FARGO stories and the LONGMIRE novels and T.V. shows...Just in different parts of the U.S. of A. .....GREAT READS.....R A D A R.....05-07-15.....
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I'm poring through the Las Posadas mysteries, and arrived at "Convenient Disposal." As with all of Havill's mysteries, the characters are alive and wonderful, and the plots keep me riveted until the last page. I'm partial to the setting and the Southwestern people inhabiting the stories seem real to me.
In Posadas County, New Mexico following a volleyball game, middle school students Carmen Acosta and Deena Hurtado got into a fight over Paul Otero. Both fourteen year old girls were suspended. A few days later, Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman lectures honor student Deena, but also confiscates a potential weapon a sharpened six inch hat pin. Estelle reads Deena the riot act; case closed. Not long after that, Carmen is beaten unconscious with a stab wound to the middle ear that came from a honed hat pin. Estelle has doubts that a skinny young teen could have inflicted the brutal beating........................ While Carmen is in the hospital, her neighbor County manager Kevin Ziegler vanishes. Estelle notices discrepancies between the image Kevin portrayed to his constituency as effective and efficient on the job and health living off the job; yet she finds evidence that he probably smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol or someone with him did. As Estelle continues to search for the missing administrator she wonders if the vicious teen thrashing is linked to Kevin¿s disappearance, but how seems elusive....................... In her third appearance as the lead (retired Sheriff Bill Gaston still makes appearances and provides advice), Estelle proves she is a superstar in her own light as she easily carries the tale. Perhaps the New Mexico setting that Steven F. Havill brings so vividly to light made the transition so smooth; but more likely it is simply the author¿s talent. The story line is actually different than previous tales as the plot goes into hyperspeed and stays there throughout the action-packed thriller. CONVENIENT DISPOSAL is a terrific refreshing entry in one of the best police procedural series around today................. Harriet Klausner