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As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
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May 22, 2012

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Another solid entry in this fine mystery series. And best of all? Sheriff Walt Longmire comes out at the end with no new broken bones! Hooray!! Because poor Walt sure took a physical and mental beating in the last book (Hell is Empty).
Walt and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are abject failures as wedding planners. Cady(Walt's daughter)'s wedding is only two weeks away and they have lost access to the outdoor location that Cady wanted. (They also have no flowers, no cake, no music, and not enough room for all the out of town guests. Like I said--failures). But the book is not a wedding planner, it's a murder mystery, so there needs to be a murder,and a tragic one it is. While out looking a new location Walt and the Bear witness a young woman fall to her death. Suicide? Unlikely, as she had her 6 month old son in her arms. Was she pushed? Very likely. But by whom?
Thus begins the hunt for the killer. One major hindrance is that Walt and Henry are on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Add in a tribal police chief who is very new to the job, and has major attitude problems as well. And of course the FBI and BIA have to get involved just adding to the mix.
The obvious suspects are showing signs of innocence, so the hunt for who did it becomes very twisty.
In spite of all that, this is a much more light-hearted book than previous outings. There's a local DJ for the local radio station who is a font of bad jokes. When Cady and the groom's mother show up they spring into action and are a force to behold. There are some very poignant scenes between Walt and his daughter, as well. It was also enjoyable watching Walt give 'sheriff lessons' to Lolo Long, the tribal police chief (and female Iraqi war veteran).

I'm sure, now that he's given Walt a breather, that the author has some fresh torment in mind for Walt in the next book. But for now, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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