Death of a Myth Maker by Allana Martin
(Texana Jones Mysteries)

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When trading post owner Texana Jones and her veterinarian husband Clay take refuge at the Paisano Hotel in Marfa, they again cross paths with danger. Texana is begged by a rancher to help a possible killer escape arrest. In this fourth in the borderland series, murder and its resolution play out amid the mixed Anglo and Hispanic culture of the trading post and the river. As usual the most convincing married pair in mystery are aided by a charming cast of eccentrics.
 

About Allana Martin

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Allana Martin lives in Marfa, Texas, with her husband. Her first novel, "Death of a Healing Woman," won the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award. She is a former journalism teacher.
 
Published March 11, 2000 by Minotaur Books. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Border communities in Texas are rife with special words that only a few understand. Mitotero (myth maker) is one of them, denoting one who's a big talker or a show-off, and in this case, who's ask

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Those thirsty for a refreshing read will welcome Martin's sixth mystery (after 2001's Death of the Last Villista) to feature hip trading-post owner Texana Jones, which focuses on some all too real problems along the arid Texas-Chihuahua border.

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Although an evangelist is indeed murdered in this atmospheric but unfocused third adventure (after Death of a Saint Maker) of trading post-owner Texana Jones, her death seems almost an afterthought.

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Jones tracks down the identity of Fair's last client, a journalist, now also missing, who was writing a book about the curandera.Getting help in her investigation from both sides of the border, Jones must also deal with her husband's campaign to stem a rabies epidemic, and with multimillionaire r...

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When a travel writer dismisses her own town of Polvo as "a hot, dreary little place full of barking cur dogs," Texana, who runs a trading post, agrees but adds, "On a clear day the sky above is pale turquoise, the dust motes turn the harsh sunlight golden, and the shadows of mesquite leaves dance...

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The fourth adventure (after Death of an Evangelista) for Texana Jones, who owns a trading post, starts off on the right foot, with a prologue providing an 1852 description of the mystifying ""Marfa Lights."" These glowing images of the desert have long fascinated visitors and locals alike, and sh...

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Sometimes a mystery book seems to hit all the right notes, and Death of a Myth Maker is one of those mysteries.

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