What starts out as a quiet Christmas Eve ends up with a look back at Walt's first months as sheriff and a Christmas adventure with Lucian, Doc Bloomfield and some new characters. Once again, Craig Johnson can transport a person back to a time with a younger Walt but still the Walt we have come to love. This novella was touching, funny, exciting and, as always, another satisfying visit to Absaroka County. A great Christmas story without too much tinsel and glitter.
Twisted, suspense and humor
1) Getting to know Johnson Johnson better
2) Virgil and the janitor's interactions
3) the dog owners
4) Lucas calling during a small boat chase
5) Virgil's new buddy
It was good but his Jenkins and Schrake voices kept changing a little. I always enjoy the conversations with Jenkins and Schrake whether it is with Lucas or Virgil.
To being with I would say no but about 1/3 of the way into it - I didn't every want to shut it off.
Sanford knows how to evolve his characters and Virgil keeps getting better. One character says, "He's smarter than he looks" and we all know that is true.
Since I love all of Craig Johnson's books - I'm quite sure I would like KMart ads if he wrote them - I have to say it is the tried and true character. Walt, Henry, Vic, Sancho - and the entire population of Absaroka County. These short stories are tiny flashes into days we have not seen before except if you have read all the Post-Its. This is why I say they make excellent bedtime stories. You could read just one short story. Of course, if you are a Walt/Craig addict - you will stay up until you read them all!
This question doesn't really apply - there are 12 plots.
It is always a toss up between Walt and Henry. After "Longmire" became a TV show - I now think of Robert Taylor's voice as also being Walt but George's Henry will always be my favorite with the deep voice and deeper thoughts. Geroge's Walt is also funnier than the TV character which makes it a sentimental favorite with me.
It would have been a blessing to have Lou Diamond Phillips read his introduction. LDP would have known how to pronounce "Absaroka County" which the person reading the introduction kept calling "Absorka" - it was like fingernails on a blackboard for me everytime he said it!! If you are going to read it - and Absaroka County IS a main character - you best know how to pronounce it!
I like audio versions if the narrator is good and I believe Scott Brick to be one of the best whe it comes to narrating books. Audio books give a different sense of personality and I like that.
I'm not sure about other books. Nick Fox reminds me of Neal Caffrey from TV's "White Collar". The situation also mirrors the TV show in that a criminal is being paired with an FBI agent. The difference is that this partnership is not acknowledged in the book series.
I love the smooth style Scott Brick has. He gives Nick Fox a particularly droll style.
I did listen to most of it in one sitting.
I really like the character Jake - Kate's dad. He is bored in retirement and loves backing up his daughter. His various buddies are also very funny.
Awareness, Intrigue and Redemption
I think I liked the tortured nature of Mickey. He is tortured over his daughter, clients, tragedies that occur in the book and isn't handling all of it very well. I also like the fact that Michael Connelly weaves Harry Bosch into Mickey's stories and sometimes vice versa.
I'm not sure Peter is my favorite narrator. No real complaints - just not my favorite.
I think this is a book listened to in sections so you can think about what is going on. It was always hard to shut off the iPhone and go off to do something else, though.
I have always loved Michael Connelly's books and I have come to look forward to the next Mickey Haller as much as I do the next installment of Harry Bosch.
I have loved the Rosato and Associates novels and have missed them so I am thrilled to have this book. Mary DiNunzio has a number of changes in her life. She also takes on an interesting case with a 13 year old (with a trust fund) who believes that the man serving time for her sister's murder is innocent and wants Rosato and Associates to investigte the case. Mary takes this on and goes on another adventure.
While Barbara Rosenblat will always be the voice of Bennie Rosato, I did enjoy January LaVoy as the narrator. She gave different voices to the characters - and there were a lot of them! I will agree with some of the other reviewers - the almost shouting when she was narrating Mary's father was a bit much, particularly when one was wearing earbuds!
Lisa Scottoline has said she will try and do a Rosato and Associates novel each year and I will be looking forward to them.
I enjoy all of Mary Kay Andrews novels but my favorites are with Weezie and BeBe. This was a fun story with Christmas, weddings, babies and everything else you could ask for in good "chick lit". I hope we get another chapter of life in Savannah with Weezie and Bebe!
I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.
I'm not sure what has happened to this series. I blame it on the change of narrator. Carolyn McCormack was the voice of Lindsay Boxer. They changed to January LaVoy and Lindsay became whinier. I always wanted Lindsay and Joe to marry but it hasn't improved the character or the plots.
I also agree with other reviews that there were too many plotlines running through this. Yuki's court case was too much. I like when she is involved in a case involving the other women. Yuki seems to have become the favorite character. I have never been that fond of the Lindsay/Rich partnership and I don't like where the Rich/Cindy relationship ended up.
I get the feeling that this book was more of a result that it was time for another book rather than any thought or feeling behind it.
I am a true fan of the Lucas Davenport series. Lucas has aged and developed into a great character. I really enjoy the funny and sometimes snarky conversations between Lucas and the rest of his cronies (Del, Shrake, etc.) They frequently make me laugh out loud. I also like Lucas the family man. This book has the most interesting villian - a female politician. There are great twists and turns into this book.
I always look forward to these books........and I like that f******g Flowers too!
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