In the third of this widely praised series set in our southern borderland, trading post owner Texana Jones finds a dead man in a taxi on her way from her dentist's office on the Mexican side and is detained as a murder suspect. Naming an important friend quickly secures her freedom, but the incident is a prelude to another death and Texana's involvement with the dark secreIn the third of this widely praised series set in our southern borderland, trading post owner Texana Jones finds a dead man in a taxi on her way from her dentist's office on the Mexican side and is detained as a murder suspect. Naming an important friend quickly secures her freedom, but the incident is a prelude to another death and Texana's involvement with the dark secrets of a respected local family....
|Title||:||Death Of An Evangelista|
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Death Of An Evangelista Reviews
This book should have a name change. Texana Jones lives in a very small desert town next to the Mexican border. During a trip to Mexico for cheap dental work, Texana gets into a taxi already occupied by a dead man with a knife in his chest. She and the cab driver are arrested by the Mexican police who have a horrible reputation for their treatment of prisoners. She talks her way out of custody but her neighbor Claudia resents Texana for going free while her cousin, the cab driver, remains in jail. The murder victim was a German with mysterious family ties to the Texas site of a WWII prisoner-of-war camp. Meanwhile, Texana's pickup truck is stolen, several horses are poisoned at the ranch of a local wealthy rancher, and someone runs Texana off the road and robs her. This all happens before the local evangelist is brutally slain. This was a good mystery but the story title kept me looking for the evangelista angle and that part of the story wasn't even in until about 2/3 through the book. It had some very interesting characters and I did like the story but it got a bit twisted around.
I enjoyed the Texas/Mexico border (cozy?) series featuring Texana Jones. My first choice for a reread would probably be the River Master. Death of the River Master: A Texana Jones MysteryThe copied "KIRKUS REVIEWAs if there weren’t already enough crime in tiny Polvo, Texas, trading-post owner Texana Jones, returning from root-canal work across the Mexico border, comes upon a dead body in a waiting cab. A whisper of her powerful acquaintance Gordon Suarez (Death of a Saint Maker, 1998) springs her from the pokey in plenty of time to find that her pickup, parked on the American side of the border, has been stolen (after its miraculous return, it’ll be run off the road, as Texana says, by the Holy Ghost). Still around the corner are the defacing of Texana’s store, a rash of poisoned horses, and the murder of nondenominational evangelist Electra Reaves. Not that Electra’s exactly an innocent lamb: her house is full of artifacts looted from Presidio County churches, and the religious medal she gives Texana seems to have a dark history of its own—perhaps tied to the powerful dynasty of ranching patriarch Federico Haro, or perhaps reaching back centuries to a martyred goat herder celebrated in old Federico’s reminiscences. With so many crimes and misdemeanors to account for (and more on the way), it’s a safe bet that the answers will be as tangled as the questions. Lovers of regionalism will still welcome this third dispatch from Martin’s colorful borderland, as will those with a taste for injustices by the bushel; others may think twice before knocking."
A nice little murder mystery that takes place along the Texas-Mexico border. A Texas woman is almost charged with murder when she crosses the border to see a dentist. From their she uncovers an old mystery and murder from years before. This book is not going to win any literary awards, but it is interesting and enjoyable. Recommended to mystery fans.