Book Review: “The Cold Dish”

Posted by Nichole on March 2, 2014 in Book Reviews, FanGirl, Mystery |


There are a lot of things I really dislike about winter.  I dislike the cold.  And the fewer hours of sunlight.  And the cold.

I also dislike the fact that A&E doesn’t have Longmire on.

I’ll admit that I am not usually a fan of westerns.  I mean, really.  I’m not a “horse” girl.  I don’t know the difference between a filly and a mare.  My horse skills start and stop at those touristy trail ride places.

My father and husband, however, like the western-genre.

Knowing that Craig Johnson’s Longmire series was being picked up by A&E a few years ago, I convince my hubby to watch an episode and he was hooked.  Not only did he enjoy the western Wyoming scenery, but he didn’t even mind that I had tricked him into watching a “police show.”  It was a win-win.  (Oh, I met Craig Johnson at one of the last Mayhem in the Midlands.  I know he does book signings in the Black Hills area often, but I haven’t been able to meet him at one of those.  Someday, though!)

It was such a win, in fact, that he asked me to rush out and pick up a Craig Johnson novel.  So I picked up a copy of The Cold Dish, the first Walt Longmire Mystery.  And of course, I had to read it, too right?

I was not disappointed!

Johnson does a great job of character development and he definitely knows the Wyoming landscape where he lives and writes.

In The Cold Dish, we not only meet the characters, we get a great mystery that will want readers to get their hands on the rest of the series.  In this one, Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl.

I really don’t want to tell you too much more since the plot is so similar to one of the episodes in the first season of Longmire.

I recommend the books, and the television series.  (Which, by the way, has been picked up for a third season, but the season start date hasn’t been announced for 2014.  My guess would be June-ish, but that’s just a guess based on the past two years.)

So, while you’re waiting for season three of Longmire, pick up one of Craig Johnson’s books.  You won’t be disappointed.

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