Avid reader for 45 years
These books are addicting! I grew up reading Louis Lamour and wanted to be a cowboy in the old West. I love the Indian culture and the setting of Wyoming intertwined in a modern mystery with several very strong woman characters.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
This is the second Walt Longmire book and it's as good as the first, or is it better? Tells us more about the characters we learned to love in Cold Dish. If you've seen the TV series the books are different and excellent. I'm noticing pieces of several books in the series, but it's not a match at all, ie you are not re-reading what you see on TV. I am totally in love with this series. Well written. Interesting. Powerful story. Worth your credit, in fact it's worth two. Enjoy!
Listening while I run.
I love this series and I'm pacing myself. I honestly wish they were longer. Guidall is the perfect voice for these characters that call the Powder River home.
At first I thought I wouldn't like the Walt Longmire Mysteries... but after two, I changed my mind and will start on the third. Go figure.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
To me, a great mystery series must have more than a whodunit. I need a good setting, plot, and characters. Craig Johnson is a wonderful writer that brings it all to this series with lots of wit and wisdom thrown in. I love Walt Longmire -- and Henry Standing Bear -- and Cady, Vic, Ruby, the Ferg and even the newest characters, Santiago "Sancho" Saizarbitoria and "Dog".
Just to give you an idea of why I love these characters:
1) Walt, a Vietnam veteran, graduated with an English Literature degree. You are surprised and thrilled to hear him sprouting Shakespeare throughout the story. He is a very capable Sheriff, equally tough and kind.
2) Henry, a Native American friend of Walt's from boyhood, is a former Vietnam Special Forces soldier. He speaks many Native American languages and has an education in Classical English. He owns the local bar and knows everyone. Henry says the most with the least amount of words.
3) Vic is Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti with a Master's in Law Enforcement from PA. She is very competent, but constantly complaining with her favorite four letter "f" word.
4) Santiago is the newly hired deputy with a specialty in languages. He is fearless and well educated, but has much to learn from Longmire.
The story, set in the least populated county of Wyoming, involves mineral rights, Basque heritage and the previous Sheriff Lucien Connally. It was loaded with lots of suspicious people, motives and intense scenes. I was completely surprised at the final solution.
George Guidall did his usual fantastic job with every voice, accent and phrase. I loved everything about this story.
George Guidell, the perfect person for this story! I'm so glad he reads all of them!
Yes, totally captivating. All the characters in the book work so well together. He has very interesting people.
I like Walt, Vic and Lucian
I have no idea
I just hope he is working on more books
Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!
This book starts approximately one month after the events in The Cold Dish, the first Walt Longmire tale. It is still winter in Absaroka County, Wyoming, and the weather plays a significant part in this adventure. Walt is still trying to recover from things that happened in the prior month, but when his old mentor, former sheriff, and friend suspects another resident in the assisted living home has been murdered, Walt undertakes the investigation. What had seemed to be a natural death of an old woman blossoms into a wild ride of murder, attempted murder, 50-year-old events that are bearing deadly fruit, near drowning, gunshot wounds, and more.
And much of the action is complicated by a Wyoming blizzard. BRRRR! I live near the area where this story is set, and Craig Johnson can really write a great blizzard. I find myself expecting to see snow when I look out the window--and I listened to this in July.
It is a great read/listen.
I liked everything about this book- the complex mystery that unfolded in a real-life manner, the main character who was sarcastic, funny, and deeply committed to his job, and the creative way he explored and discovered the truth. The narrator was perfect for this book. It was real, heart-felt and interesting.
This series has all the makings of good "murder mysteries". Johnson is a much better writer than the A&E screenwriters who have tried to adapt it for TV. Johnson provides humor and characterization that make the series far more enjoyable than the dark television characters. Guidall as always portrays each character in a way that truly does them "justice".
I have listened to one or two others of the Walt Longmire series and I enjoyed this one very much. A lot happens quickly in the plot and I had to rewind a few times but that was a minor inconvenience. It's a story with some sad and tragic happenings but also some wonderfully strong characters who form strong bonds. The humor runs toward dry and sometimes absurd, not mean, but pointing out our human traits and weaknesses, especially the banter between old friends and among the people who work together at the police department and who frequent the local diner.