Lies Come Easy

{amp}nbsp; Poisoned Pen. (Posadas County, Bk. 23). Nov. 2018. 300p. ISBN 9781464210310. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464210341. M
Three days before Christmas, a Posadas County, NM, deputy finds a two-year-old walking his scooter alongside the highway. It won't be a happy holiday for little Derry Fisher's family. His father is thrown in jail and once bailed out is found shot to death in his pickup. At first it appears to be suicide, until evidence indicates otherwise. Sheriff Robert Torrez is convinced the man was murdered, as another shooting death arouses more suspicion. While Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman juggles a Christmas celebration with a surprise visit from her two sons, Torrez is determined to find the killer despite the holiday and outlandish stories told by residents of the community where the victims lived. Havill follows Easy Errors with a character-driven police procedural that combines a step-by-step murder investigation with the heartwarming reunion of the Reyes-Guzman family.
VERDICT This compelling novel contrasts the loving family and community life shared by Reyes-Guzman and her retired mentor, Sheriff Bill Gastner, with the troubled lives led by victims and criminals in the county. Series devotees will eagerly welcome this latest installment.
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