The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson – Audio Edition

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in 2016, 4 stars, Audio, Book Review, Craig Johnson | 0 comments

The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

Genre: Mystery
Format: Audio
Series: A novella related to the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 3 hours, 43 minutes
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man’s-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving “officer needs assistance” calls. The problem? They’re coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago. With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman”

My Thoughts:
The bad thing about being caught up in an ongoing series is that wait for the next book. With the next book in the Walt Longmire series due out in September I was happy to hear a few months ago that Craig Johnson was releasing a novella featuring characters from the series. I almost got the print edition from the library even though I prefer the audio editions of this series. Then I found out that an audio edition was coming and that sealed it for me. I could wait for that.

George Guidall does an outstanding job of narrating this series and it has been one of my favorite audio series for several years now.

I was just glad to have the chance to get a bit of a Longmire fix while waiting for the next book.

Walt and Henry Standing Bear are away from home so most of the usual supporting characters are not part of this story and it’s not attached to any of the ongoing storylines in the series. For that reason it works well as a standalone.

As has become normal, there is plenty of mysticism and slightly paranormal stuff in this ghost story but there is also plenty of Walt and Henry’s easy banter and friendship that is quite enjoyable.

It’s a little mystery, a little ghost story, a little suspense and as always just enough humor to break the tension.

4 stars 4/5 for the book

4.5 stars 4.5/5 for the narration

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Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in 2 stars, 2016, Book Review | 0 comments

Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield
Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: #1 in the Haunted Souvenir Shop series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 266
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Glory Martine has inherited her uncle’s Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by–and ghosts–who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history…

My Thoughts:
I picked this one up because I needed a book with an article of clothing in the title for the What’s in a Name Challenge. I read a several cozy mystery series but hadn’t heard of this one. I figured it was worth a shot to read the first in the series.

It was OK. Nothing spectacular and seriously just OK. I liked it enough to finish it and to find out if my guess about the killer was correct. It’s a fairly average cozy mystery.

The main character was nice enough and she has friends who are fun and funny but it just never all came together enough to make me eager to turn the pages.

2 stars Rating 2/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #63

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 comments

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Started in Print

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while. I decided that the middle of a heat wave and a forecast with triple digit temperatures was a great time to read this because it might make me feel cooler.


Finished on Audio

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

This novella is related to the Walt Longmire series. It’s a nice way for me to get a bit of a Longmire fix while waiting for the next book to be released.

Started on Audio

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse narrated by Jonathan Cecil

I love P.G, Wodehouse and the audio editions of the Jeeves and Wooster series narrated by Jonathan Cecil are simply delightful

What are you reading?

Reviews since my last update:

Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant

What are you reading?

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Bout of Books 17 Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I won’t be beginning my reading until my commute time this morning.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I have a big pile of books and an full ereader ready for this week. I won’t be tracking pages or books read but what I will track is the time I spend reading this week. I use an app on my phone called ATracker to record the time I spend reading or listening to audiobooks.

Here are my stats for the last Bout of Books in May. I’m hoping to beat those numbers this week.

Bout of Books

I will be using this post as my tracking post and adding daily updates each morning about what reading I have accomplished the day before. I’ll post updates here every morning Tuesday through Sunday. I’ll include my Sunday reading on my final wrap up post next Monday.

Monday Reading
Audiobook – 30 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 1 Hour, 45 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Tuesday Reading
Audiobook – 31 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 33 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)
And I scheduled a vacation day for Friday to allow for a day of mostly reading.

Wednesday Reading
Audiobook – 57 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 10 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Thursday Reading
Audiobook – 32 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 4 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Friday Reading

Saturday Reading

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia August 2016 Edition

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 7 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia July 2016

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This was pre-blog so I don’t have notes but I do remember liking this book.
I continued with my Alphabetical by Author reading challenge.
Second Glance by Jodi Picoult – A fairly typical Picoult book.
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen – I need to read this one again – I loved it.
Julie and Romeo Get Lucky by Jeanne Ray – A sequel to Julie and Romeo that is just as sweet and charming.
All is Vanity by Christina Schwartz – Loved her first book (Drowning Ruth) but this one wasn’t nearly as good.
Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy Turner – A disappointing sequel of the story begun in the wonderful These is My Words.
Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger – I figured out the mystery way too early in this one.
The Passions of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland – After a rather grim opening it’s the story of a survivor and its’ beautifully written.
If Looks Could Kill by Kate White – An enjoyable enough light mystery.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing – This one is about a ship stuck in the ice in the Antarctic and I’m currently reading a book about a Ship stuck in the ice in the Arctic.
Crossroad Blues by Ace Atkins – This is the first of his books featuring Nick Travers a New Orleans detective. This is now being adapted as a series of comics and I’m definitely looking forward to reading them. Ace Atkins’ Nick Travers Novels Being Adapted as Comics. Ace Atkins has occasionally shared artwork from the series on Twitter and it looks great.

The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
I was hooked from the first sentence
“After she threw the baby in, nobody believed me for the longest time. But I kept hearing the splash.”
I highly recommend this one.


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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