Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Genre: Mystery
Series: #2 in the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2007 Recorded Books (Book originally published 2006)
Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes
Read by: George Guidall
Source: Library

The Short Version:
A woman dies at an assisted living facility and Sheriff Walt Longmire’s predecessor insists she was murdered.

Why I Read It:
Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts convinced me to start this series and she was right. Once I started I was hooked. I requested the second before I’d even finished the first.

The Book:
From the publisher:

When Mari Baroja is found poisoned at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Sheriff Longmire is drawn into an investigation that reaches fifty years into the mysterious woman’s dramatic Basque past. Aided by his friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and newcomer Santiago Saizarbitoria, Sheriff Longmire must connect the specter of the past to the present to find the killer among them.

My Thoughts:
Oh I think I’m going to be working my way through this series fairly quickly. The writing is strong and builds a wonderful environment for interesting storylines and fascinating characters.

Walt Longmire is laid back and self-deprecating with a likable mix of sensitivity to others while at the same time being rather oblivious in regards to his own emotional side. The supporting characters are also enjoyable despite the somewhat rough edges some of them have. The introduction of a new teammate in the Sheriff’s department is a very promising development that I look forward to seeing in the books to come.

George Guidall does a wonderful job of narrating this series. He’s got a gentleness in his delivery that adds to the characterization of Walt. It’s particularly in evidence with Longmire is talking to troubled witnesses or victims.

He can deliver lines like this with just the right amount of seriousness but you can almost hear the twinkle in his (and Walt’s) eye as you hear it.

I studied the ornament and stared at the partial face, knowing that I had seen this man, knowing that he was out there, knowing that he and Leo were in cahoots, cahoots being a legal term in Wyoming, see cahooting in the first degree, intent to cahoot, and so on.

I highly recommend this series and definitely recommend the audio format. There’s a good chance I’ll be listening to the next one in the series soon

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration

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