Saturday 1 November 2014

Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson

Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award–winning “Old Indian Trick.” This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s bestselling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

Wait for Signs collects those beloved stories—and one entirely new story, “Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns”—for the very first time in a single volume, regular trade hardcover. With glimpses of Walt’s past from the incident in “Ministerial Aide,” when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious “Messenger,” where the majority

of the action takes place in a Port-A-Potty, Wait for Signs is a necessary addition to any Longmire fan’s shelf and a wonderful way to introduce new readers to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming. 


I was quite happy when NG approved me for reading this book since I’m a huge fan of Craig Johnson's Longmire series. They only thing that would have made me happier would have been a new book in the series instead of a book with short stories, many which I have already read. But nevertheless, I was happy!

I thought this book would only have one new story that I haven't read before, but it had a couple which was a fun surprise, and I took the opportunity to read some not all of the stories that I had read before, like “ Messenger”, I love that story.

There are 12 stories in this collection. A must read for Longmire fans!

Old Indian trick: Never underestimate an Indian. 3 stars

Ministerial aid: Walt as the Messiah. 4 stars

Slick-tongued devil: Never try to con a grieving sheriff. 4 stars

Fire Bird: Old ladies shouldn’t play with fire. 3 stars

Unbalanced: Walt gives a young girl a lift and they talk music and life. 3 stars

Several Stations: Walt should stick to his occupation; the theater isn’t his thing but he makes a good Santa. 3 stars

High holiday: Never try to fool Walt that you are Jewish. 3 stars

Toys for tots: 
Buying presents for Walt isn’t easy. 3 stars

Divorce horse: A horse goes missing. 3 stars

Thankstaking: Walt and Henry aren't on the same page when it comes to Thanksgiving. 3 stars

Walt, Vic, Henry, bears and an owl. 4 stars

Petunia, bandit queen of the Bighorns: 
Walt tells the story of Petunia, the ewe that launched a thousand strays. 3 stars

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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