Audiobook Mystery Review: The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson (Outstanding)

Posted June 11, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook / 14 Comments


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In this outstanding first novel, Craig Johnson draws on his background in law enforcement and his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters.

Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County, knows he’s got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.

Read from May 22 to 29, 2012
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating (not part of overall rating): 3.50

First thought when finished: What a great beginning to this series. I am so glad that I picked it up!

What I Loved: Walt and Harry (his best friend) were two characters that I absolutely fell in love with while reading The Cold Dish. Vic was a close third in my favorite character category. It isn’t often in a mystery that I love and connect to the characters as much as the case. I did love the case and I didn’t guess who the perp was until almost 3/4 of the way through. Even then it was just a guess but it was fun figuring it out right along with Walt!

What I Liked: I liked how the main case was woven with a past case. I really liked the visiting of the Res and all of characters based there.

Final thought: The Cold Dish served up both a great case and a wonderful cast of characters. I will be continuing this series.

Audio specific review: George Guidall is a fantastic narrator but it took awhile for me to warm up to him being Walt Longmire. After I got used to him doing the voice it was fantastic. The pacing of the reading was perfect and added to the enjoyment of the story.

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14 responses to “Audiobook Mystery Review: The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson (Outstanding)

  1. I all of a sudden want to read some adult books with male protagonists. need a break from the drama. This might just be the ticket. Of course I haven’t heard of it and now I am curious. I like books with small town settings!

  2. I love Mountain/Westerny stuff. I used to love a show…I think Lee Majors was in it…High Mountain Rescue or something. Not exactly the same, but the cover reminds me of it.

  3. Robin

    thank you for the review on Cold Dish. I’ve been hedging on this one trying to decide whether to use the credit or not. You’re review made me get off the fence. I’ll definitely add it to my stack. Thanks again.

    • We picked it for book club and most of my friends enjoyed it too! It takes a bit to get the narrators pacing and voice down (about 3 chapters) but once you do it is hard to imagine anyone else doing the narration.

    • This one is the one that the new A&E series Longmire is based on. I still haven’t watched the first episode but I am hoping they captured the feel of the book because it is just how I imagine Wyoming to be.

    • I think they meant to do that because this was small town Wyoming. So there were lots of references to handcrafted items. Most of it coming from the reservation which was a wonderful addition to this book.