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Summary

This box set includes two mystery novels written by Edgar and Shamus Award finalist Ben Rehder. Included are Buck Fever (first novel in the Blanco County mystery series) and Gone the Next (first novel in the Roy Ballard mystery series).

Buck Fever:

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.

Gone the Next:

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts - the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report - and with his history, who can blame them? - it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.

©2017 Ben Rehder (P)2021 Ben Rehder

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Very enjoyable

This was my first of the Blanco County books. I firstly have tonsay that I really enjoy Ben Rehders writing style, and coupled with the wonderful narration from Jonny Peppers, you are easily drawn into the laid back style of Ben. However do not be fooled by the light hearted banter between the Game Keeper John Marlin and his friend Phil, as the story cleverly weaves you through John's life and the locals in Blanco County and before you knownit you are up against a drug plot with columbian gangsters.

I love how the Author weaves you through his plots and characters and can still bring a quirky sense of humour to the characters.

I am sad to have finished the first story but equally cannot wait to listen to more.

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Twists and turns make these excellent reads!

Two great books! Both are very different stories.
The author keeps you on your toes with plot twists that flow smoothly. The characters are fun and engaging and the narrator does well keeping them distinct! The Narrator does such a great job that when I bought the next book in I pone of the series in digital format, my mind read the whole thing in the narrator's voice! Each of these books is the beginning of a series but they are excellent as stand-alone books and will definitely send you on the hunt for the rest of the series!

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Excellent books

Loved the book. New to Ben Rehder books but not disappointed. Both books are so easy to listen to with good humor throughout. Loved the narrator as well. Both books gives you a different story with new characters that hopefully will come back in further books. Now away to listen to another one by Ben. Highlighly recommended listen.

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  • Kristina R.
  • 30-06-21

Gripping stories, fantastic narration

This set contains two full length mystery/whodunit stories, Buck Fever and Gone The Next. Both were very enjoyable and well written; my favorite is gone the next, the nailbiting chase to find and rescue an abducted girl.

I really enjoyed the narration, too - Johnny Peppers did an awesome job!

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  • Anthony K. M. Yong
  • 09-06-21

Excellent for pleasure listening.

Fantastic performance, interesting story, I enjoyed listening to this box set, a magnificent crime mystery. Ben Rehder injects lots of humor into his writings. Love both books. Johnny Peppers is truly an excellent reader, bringing life into the story. For audio books, both writer and reader have to be equally great for a pleasurable listening.