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One Perfect Shot: A Posadas County Mystery    by Steven F. Havill order for
One Perfect Shot
by Steven F. Havill
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Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Steven F. Havill's One Perfect Shot, the 18th novel in his Posadas County mystery series, is a very satisfying read. Havill's characters are flesh and blood people. You feel sure you know one or two of them personally, including Undersheriff Bill Gastner.

Gastner describes himself with a deprecating tongue as to his physical appearance. However, his character is above reproach. You can't help but like him. Then there is a new recruit, Estelle Reyes, the first woman to be hired by the department. Gastner takes an immediate liking to this perspicacious young woman. The department is short-handed and he knows Reyes will fit right in. I enjoyed the last one hired, who never seemed to get anything right, but still felt he was qualified to be a policeman.

A county employee operating a road grader is shot and killed. On investigating, it is discovered that the dead man was not a sterling character. Nevertheless, he didn't deserve to die for his shortcomings. Gastner and Reyes spend her breaking-in-to-a-new-job time questioning the dead man's wife, friends and neighbors. And determining if the bullet was just a lucky hit or if the shooter was well acquainted with firearms.

Speaking of firearms, Havill spends a number of pages discoursing on types of guns and their bullets. Much too technical for me, but then I don't like the darn things. Didn't keep me from liking the book, though. One Perfect Shot is a winner. Full of suspense and surprises, with a tightly written plot that kept me guessing 'til the very end.

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