Laying Bones – The New Red River Mystery

Laying Bones by Reavis Wortham

A fourth-generation Texan, Reavis Wortham is the author of the historical Red River mystery series set in rural Northeast Texas in the 1960s. Published by Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks, there are seven novels in this series with number eight, Laying Bones, released in January 2021.

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“Captivating. Wortham adroitly balances richly nuanced human drama with two-fisted action, and displays a knack for the striking phrase (‘R.B. was the best drunk driver in the county, and I don’t believe he run off in here on his own’). This entry is sure to win the author new fans.”
Publishers Weekly on Laying Bones

The Rock Hole - New Cover

His first award-winning novel in the Red River series, The Rock Hole, was originally released in 2011. With the merger of Poisoned Pen Press and Sourcebooks, this debut novel re-released in October, 2020, with a fresh, updated cover and an introduction by legendary Texas author, Joe R. Lansdale.

“Wortham is a masterful and entertaining storyteller… equal parts Joe R. Lansdale and Harper Lee, with a touch of Elmore Leonard.”
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

“The more I read of Reavis Wortham’s books, the more impressed I am by his abilities as a writer… He’s very good at what he does, and his books are well worth reading.”
Reviewing the Evidence

“Wortham nails time and place in a sure-handed, captivating way.”
Kirkus Reviews on The Rock Hole