Wednesday, August 4, 2010
#40. Enjoy a series of hilarious crime-spree mystery novels centered in the Texas Hill Country
Ben Rehder writes some really hilarious mysteries about a game warden in the Texas Hill Country. There are six books in the series, starting with Buck Fever. Here's a description of Buck Fever from Ben's website at http://www.benrehder.com …
“Blanco County, Texas: 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”.
Ben is a Hill Country boy himself and knows how to write a great story. The series of six novels all take place in Blanco County (the Johnson City area of the Hill Country) and feature the names of cities, creeks, roads and rivers that are actually there. Ben has a talent for capturing the essence of some funny Hill Country personality traits in his characters.
You can purchase Buck Fever at most book stores, from Ben’s website, or on-line at
Over the next few months I’ll tell you about other books in Ben’s “Blanco County” series. Want you to have time read each one before I tell you about the next one in the series!
P.S. This posting was suggested by Cindy Ivy, a friend of “365 Things To Do In The Texas Hill Country”.