Set in a small town in Wyoming this is a modern western mystery series with a touch of dry humor. The narrator is a perfect fit for these characters. A Sherriff with a self-depreciating sense of humor, a female deputy with a kiss my ass attitude and an Indian who refuses to use contractions-what a great mix! Wish the author would write faster!
George Guidall is, as always, fantastic. I'm always amazed at how he does it. I am one who enjoys Craig Johnson's descriptive style most of the time. I was thinking as I listened that I like books that have characters I like hanging out with. Novels work that way for me -- leave my world for a little while and hang out in their's. That was true until about Ch. 12 when things got a little wierd for my preferences but this is a great book. The mix of Western culture with Phili history was a big plus for me.
My husband and I enjoyed this book so much, and the narrator is outstanding.The humor is great, and the characters are very well developed.We can't wait to meet up with "Walt" in the next book.
I don't know if I just had insomnia or this book was that good and would not let me sleep. I did lose track of the characters a couple of times and did backtrack a bit mostly because I dozed off. It was a long night. The sheriff in the story is a very likable character and quite a hero, although he doesn't seem to try to be one. Its all set in small town Wyoming which doesn't have many big towns anyway. A very nice place where he knows everybody and they know him. I could not stop listening and enjoyed the book and am now downloading his second in the sheriff Walt series: "Death without company" As far as I can tell there are four books and I am sure I will get them all but am not sure what order the last two are in. I only gave this four stars because of my own confusion in not keeping up with the characters. Surprise ending makes it closer to five though.
Craig Johnson is the best writer to come out of Wyoming. His work equals that of Tony Hillerman and Louis Lamour. The Character development and interwoven plots are captivating from the first page. A great read for anyone who loves the West.
I like a good mystery but I mostly love literary fiction. I stepped out on a limb on this one because I wanted a book that was an easy listening mystery. I enjoyed Tony Hillerman novels and Lonesome Dove. With that in mind, please note that I could not finish this book. It was bogged down with so many trivial details that the mystery was lost. I felt duped by the other reviews I read. This is a book that may be good for those who love westerns but as a mystery, it missed the mark. I was thoroughly frustrated and put it down. Definitely not a book for fiction and literature lovers.
I'm well into Part 1 and sorry to say I don't really like this book. Won't return it because it isn't completely awful, just not for me. I'll finish it but won't get the next one in the series.
We are RV'ers and roam around the USA. Lots of time on the road to listen to Books. I enjoy Mystery and Thrillers mostly but will throw in a chick flick every now and then.
The narrator just sounded too old for this character. He wasn't bad, he just didn't fit. When it came to speaking different characters, I couldn't tell who was saying what.
I believe a few were American Indians but couldn't tell at all. The story jerked around so much, I forgot what the plot was.
No steady flow in this one. I purchased this from all the great reviews. Usually that is a good sign. Not this time. I almost bought the whole series on sale. Whew!! Glad I listened to this first one for a few hours before I made that mistake.
My sister suggested this listen to me and I've now ordered the next three books in the series. I love them all!