Ben Rehder, Author of STAG PARTY, Starts Off A Month of Guest Posts for Texas Mystery Month


With  May being Texas Mystery Month, several authors from our home state will be doing guest posts about writing in Lone Star country. Our first is Ben Rehder, author of the satirical Blanco County crime novels. His latest novel is Stag Party.

Being a Texas author means I get to use my state as a backdrop for my novels. In essence, I can be a tour guide for my readers, figuratively showing them around to some of Texas’s coolest spots, as well as some of my personal favorites. Here are some of the places I’ve mentioned in my novels, in no particular order. A couple of these are gone now, but their memories will linger with locals for years.

Rosie’s Tamale House (Village of Bee Cave)
The Friendly Bar (Johnson City)
Cadillac Ranch (near Amarillo)
Hula Hut (Lake Austin)
Enchanted Rock State Park (near Fredericksburg)
Armadillo World Headquarters (Austin)
The Pier (Lake Austin)
Ronnie’s BBQ (Johnson City)
McBride’s Guns (Austin)
The Crystal Chandlier, pre-fame venue for George Strait (New Braunfels)
The Riverwalk (San Antonio)
Pedernales Falls State Park (Blanco County)
Soap Creek Saloon (Austin)
Barton Springs Pool (Austin)
Hamilton Pool (west of Austin)
Disch-Falk Field, home of Texas Longhorns baseball (Austin)
Cities along the Mexican border (Laredo, Del Rio, Piedras Negras, Acuna, etc.)
Whittington’s Jerky (Johnson City)
McDade Watermelon Festival (McDade)
The Sausage Capital of Texas (Elgin)
Selah Ranch (Blanco County)
The Barber Shop (Dripping Springs)
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, 1973 (Dripping Springs)
Nutty Brown Cafe (Cedar Valley)
Blanco State Park (Blanco)
Red Bud Isle (Westlake Hills)
Russo’s Restaurant (Marble Falls)
Blanco Bowling Club Cafe (Blanco)
Port Aransas (Gulf Coast)

Keep an eye out for guest posts from Texas Mystery Writers all this month as MysteryPeople celebrates May: Texas Mystery Month. Sisters in Crime has a full roster of events planned for this month – check out their calendar here.

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