Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson, Narrated by George Guidall
Series: related to but not part of the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2013
Length: 3 hours, 42 minutes
Read by: George Guidall
From the publisher:
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. With his daughter Cady and undersherrif Moretti otherwise engaged, Walt’s on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle’s and swears he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers “Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988—a story that will thrill and delight the bestselling series’ devoted fans.
I always try to listen to or read a holiday themed book or short story collection in the latter part of December. This year I chose this wonderful little novella featuring some of my favorite characters from Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series.
The story is set up with the arrival of a stranger who gets Walt to take her along on his regular Tuesday night trip to play chess with his former boss. From there it becomes a flashback to 1988 and the Christmas Eve just a couple of months after Walt became sheriff.
A winter blizzard, an historic plane, a dying little girl and just enough people who feel that the right thing to do is to try set the story in motion. The identity of the stranger and the outcome of the flight really aren’t in question but the adventure and suspense remain high throughout this story.
For fans of Walt Longmire it’s a nice holiday story without being an integral part of the main series.
I opted for the audio version because I adore George Guidall’s narration of this series and was not disappointed at all.
Rating 3.5/5 for the book
Rating 4.5/5 for the narration