Dry Bones by Craig JohnsonDry Bones by Craig Johnson, Audio Edition

Genre: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Series: #11 in the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2015
Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes
Source: Purchased

The Book
From the publisher:
When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum—until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny’s family, the tribe, and the federal government. As Wyoming’s Acting Deputy Attorney and a cadre of FBI officers descend on the town, Walt is determined to find out who would benefit from Danny’s death, enlisting old friends Lucian Connolly and Omar Rhoades, along with Dog and best friend Henry Standing Bear, to trawl the vast Lone Elk ranch looking for answers to a sixty-five million year old cold case that’s heating up fast..

My Thoughts
It’s pretty clear that at book number 11, I like this series. I also like it best in the audio format. I’ve read a few of the short stories in print but I do prefer to listen to Walt’s adventures as narrated by George Guidall.

This time around he’s trying to investigate a suspicious death that is complicated by the questions about who really owns the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton found on the dead man’s ranch. There are several claimants and even more suspects.

As usual there’s a mix of intrigue and humor on the way to the solution of the mystery. It’s predictable in places and surprising in others. I’m not going to go into the ongoing story lines of the recurring characters except to say that THINGS HAPPEN.

A few favorite moments:

I leaned back in my chair and tried not to display the expression I reserved for people who attempted to tell me how to do my job.

“Animals react differently. There is an old wives tale that if an animal responds to a spirit, then you can look between the animals ears and see that spirit.”

Vic ventured an opinion. “Old wives are full of shit.”

” A lot of the time I’m afraid they are, yes.”

A lot of people might underestimate my undersheriff because she was wounded; a lot of people are morons.

I absolutely recommend this series and while the printed editions are just fine I prefer the audio. George Guidall does a wonderful job with all the characters. No matter what format however, read them in order.

4.5 stars4.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars4.5/5 for the narration