Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023516
Book Description

The Wyoming lawman returns after staking his claim on the New York Times bestseller list
Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has a more important matter on his mind than cowboys and criminals. His daughter, Cady, is getting married to the brother of his undersheriff, Victoria Moretti. Walt and old friend Henry Standing Bear are the de facto wedding planners and fear Cady’s wrath when the wedding locale arrangements go up in smoke two weeks before the big event.

The pair set out to find a new site for the nuptials on the Cheyenne Reservation, but their scouting expedition ends in horror as they witness a young Crow woman plummeting from Painted Warrior’s majestic cliffs. It’s not Walt’s turf, but the newly appointed tribal police chief and Iraqi war veteran, the beautiful Lolo Long, shanghais him into helping with the investigation. Walt is stretched thin as he mentors Lolo, attempts to catch the bad guys, and performs the role of father of the bride.

With the popularity of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series growing apace, fans new and old will relish As the Crow Flies, the sheriff’s latest quirky and complex investigation.

About the Author


Craig Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

My Review

My first introduction to Sheriff Walt Longmire was in the novella The Divorce Horse.  As The Crow Flies is the eighth book in the series but the first one I've read.  I really enjoyed the story and the Wyoming setting.  It was a little bit reminiscent of a Tony Hillerman mystery with the First Nations playing a prominent role.

The murder happens in the opening pages and the story plays out throughout the novel.  The murderer was a surprise to me and I enjoyed the road to get there.  Sheriff Longmire's daughter is set to get married and much of the novel focuses on that as well.  Since the ceremony was to be a traditional Cheyenne ceremony on native land everything in the story revolved around each other.

There were interesting characters and a unique setting.  The First Nations people were portrayed realistically.  The story was good and an enjoyable read.  I'm looking forward to going back and reading the earlier books as well as new adventures for Sheriff Walt Longmire.

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