Tuesday, August 11, 2015

As the Crow Flies (Longmire Mysteries #8)

I've posted about Longmire before and you can see my reviews of previous books here:
The Cold Dish
Death Without Company
Kindness Goes Unpunished
Another Man's Moccasins
The Dark Horse
Junkyard Dogs
Hell is Empty
As the Crow Flies (Longmire Mysteries #8) by Craig Johnson is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and BooksAMillion.

The Blurb

On the heels of A&E’s blockbuster show Longmire—the latest New York Times bestseller in a “a top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery” (USA Today)

The recent A&E premiere of Longmire—a television series based on Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire Mystery Series—was the highest rated scripted drama in the network’s history and consistently held its viewers throughout the season. Its success has readers stampeding to the bookstore, making As the Crow Flies Johnson’s biggest hardcover success.     
In his eighth adventure, Walt Longmire doesn’t have time for criminals. His daughter is getting married in two weeks and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. He needs to find a new site for the nuptials—fast. Unfortunately, his expedition to the Cheyenne Reservation is derailed by a grisly death. It’s not Walt’s turf, but he’s coerced into the investigation by Lolo Long, the beautiful new tribal police chief.

My Review
As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Longmire the show is true to the books in the same way that Midsomer Murders is true to Caroline Graham's books: the show captures the essence of the characters but takes liberties with plots, which keeps both formats fresh for viewers. The deviations between Longmire the show and Longmire the book-series continue to grow with each book; this book widened that gap.

On the show, Zahn McClarnon plays Mathias, the Cheyenne reservation Chief of Indian Tribal Police. I personally like McClarnon, he chooses a lot of troubled roles so I immediately began imagining Mathias as a troubled individual with a backstory I ain't been told yet.

But in the book, the tribal police chief is Lolo Long. She - yes, she - is an Iraq-veteran and new to the job.

(If Lolo hadn't been such a firecracker, I probably would have continued to plug Zahn into the role during my imaginations of the reading. Her chip-on-the-shoulder attitude made such a presence that I wasn't able to swap them out, which is probably good because it's easier to keep the books separate from the show when I don't do stuff like that.)

Lolo's a Lady Asskicker, probably the only female in Absaroka County who can go head-to-head with Vic Moretti and it will be interesting to see how these two get along in future books (because Vic stays in the background of this book).

But, for now, Lolo's lack of experience spurs Walt into sojourning to the Cheyenne Reservation where he partners up with Lolo to show her the ropes as they try to figure out why a Cheyenne woman would take a plunge over a cliff with her baby in her arms, only to use her body in a way that saves the baby. Of course, it's murder. I guessed bits and pieces of the case but wasn't able to piece everything together until Walt did.
One of my favorite things about this series: I love how personal relationships are drawn out over several books, making only brief appearances in each book. It prevents over-kill and this series, taken as a whole, is a superb example of how romances should be done.

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