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As The Crow Flies (Walt Longmire #8)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  8,209 Ratings  ·  647 Reviews
The eighth novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit Netflix original series

Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn't have time for cowboys and criminals. His daughter, Cady, is getting married in two weeks, and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Viking (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Longmire fans, Western mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, male-lead

Mystery writers seem particularly drawn to serialize their creations. Perhaps because the genre allows a plot arc to be completed while building on a foundation of familiar characters and setting. However, as the series goes on the challenge becomes bringing a sense of freshness while allowing the familiar to cradle the reader in comfort. As the Crow Flies manages to capture the spirit of the Longmire tradition: the desolate Western setting, the trials of family, the work of law enforcement, and
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

After seven novels following the adventures and criminal investigations of sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka county, Wyoming, I have become more of a fanboy that a serious reviewer, glad to spend more time in company of old friends and more indulgent of the ocasional rough spot and commercial plug. Even the plots have started to take second place to the attraction of the Western setting and of the oddball characters.

As The Crow Flies can be described as a typical Longmire book, not because it i
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The ride with this series featuring Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire stays strong and varied, a pleasure I can’t resist. While scouting an outdoor location for the upcoming wedding of his daughter Cady, he and his best friend Henry Standing Bear are at the scene of a fatal plunge of a young Crow woman off a cliff. Walt’s dog Dog discovers her baby, miraculously unhurt by the fall. The case is out of Walt’s jurisdiction, but the new Tribal Police Chief, an inexperienced woman recently returned from ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book Review:

Sadly, I've reached the end of my rope (well, until June 4th when The Serpent's Tooth comes out). It's probably time to take a breather from this excellent series.

But...wait! I do believe it's time to crank up Netflix and check out Longmire's Season 1. Holy's available for downstreaming. Love the idea of finally seeing the characters and settings dramatized for television. Ok, ok...looks like I'll crank up a few shows this evening. More on that later....

Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
**As I continue my Longmire series read, full disclosure requires that I openly admit I am a devoted fan of the Longmire television show (on A/E and now Netflix) and have enjoyed reading the previous books in the Longmire book series that inspired that show even more. With that said, I am still doing my best to provide objective and an honest review. **

“As the Crow Flies” is the eighth book in the “Longmire” mystery series, continuing the fictional adventures of Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Absaro
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, 2016
The Walt Longmire books are a wee bit addictive to lay around unread. When I started the series I had a lot of them to read and while I get closer to the last books I find myself wishing I was not there yet.

This time Henry Standing Bear and Walt Longmire are on the reservation because their place for the wedding of Longmire's daughter Cady fell through. It is enough to get them into trouble with the local new Indian police-chief. When They also see an Indian woman plummet to her death with her b
First Sentence: “I wanna know what Katrina Walks Nice did to get kicked out of a joint like this for sixty-one days.”

Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear witness a young woman falling from a cliff, but the Sheriff’s dog, Dog, finds a baby fell with her and is, remarkably, still alive. Was it suicide, an accident or murder? Who is the baby’s father? The event happened outside Longmire’s territory and must work with the new, inexperienced, tribal police chief, a female veteran of the war
Amy Sturgis
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This eighth novel in Craig Johnson's Longmire series hinges on the themes of family and transition. As Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear are scouting out a possible alternative scenic spot for the upcoming wedding of Walt's daughter (and Henry's goddaughter) Cady, they witness a Cheyenne woman plunge to her death over a cliff -- and discover that the young infant she had held in her arms survived the terrible fall.

Thus begins a story of guilt, responsibility, and familial ties. Cady comes to
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-rural-crime
Both my wife and I enjoy reading this series, which we have been reading in order. I rate this a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Walt Longmire and his friend Henry Standing Bear are exploring places to hold Cady's wedding(Walt's daughter). They are on a Cheyenne reservation in Montana(way outside Walt's jurisdiction as Sheriff of Absaroka county, Wyoming). They were going to have the wedding at the tribal building and had made a reservation months before, but a tribal function is going to displace them. ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Walt Longmire
Coming after Hell Is Empty, the previous book in the Walt Longmire Mysteries series, this book is a bit of a let down. But that is not much of a knock, as that book was near perfect.

In this one, sheriff Longmire is preparing -- poorly -- for his daughter's impending wedding and out-of-town in-laws arrival, when he and Henry Standing Bear witness a woman fall off a cliff and die. The death occurring on Rez land leads to confrontations with new tribal police chief Lolo Long, a peyote ceremony with
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good as usual.
Theresa Leone Davidson
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another strong story about Sheriff Walt Longmire, who with friend Henry Standing Bear watches a young mother fall to her death from a cliff with her baby in her arms. She is killed but miraculously her child survives. Did she commit suicide or was she pushed, and if she was pushed, who did it? Sad premise either way but a good mystery; this novel also includes the preparations for Walt's daughter's wedding. Highly recommend this series!
Kathy Davie
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eighth in the Walt Longmire mystery series revolving around the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming.

This was an Indie Next Pick.

My Take
I loved it. Hey, it's a Craig Johnson, how can I not love it?! However, there were some anomalies in this. The wedding is the big one. Johnson makes a big deal about all the work needed to plan Cady's wedding, and yet he doesn't give us the idea that Walt's done much, although it sounds as though the rest of the town has been pitching in and doing a fine job of
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Longmuir both the novels and the show. In this one he and Henry are in Nebraska and supposed to be planning Cady's wedding. HAHAHAH
Mark Stevens
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Craig Johnson and Tony Hillerman are equals. The plots, the humor, the touch, the Western landscapes, the intelligence, the fascinating interactions across cultural boundaries.

Longmire, in Johnson’s own words, is “courageous, quiet, humble and kind.” Longmire approaches situations open to every possibility, including the remote chance he’s been wrong all along.

Longmire seems like a model leader to me, but it’s nothing he’s learned in school. His Vietnam experiences might have framed him, but h
Jamie Collins
2.5 stars. Not one of the best of this series, as the mystery is pretty weak, but there were several things I enjoyed - especially that Walt and Henry are together for almost the entire book, picking at each other and complaining in between the serious police work. The Cheyenne Nation appears rather grumpy in this novel (punching an offensive driver?) although I suppose wedding planning can do that to you.

I enjoyed reading about the radio station on the Cheyenne reservation, and I liked the DJ’s

Okay, I enjoyed the ride, though it was in a bumpy uncomfortable Rez Dog of a contraption rather than the perfect canter across the prairie of the last book.

I don't read these things for the puzzle. I read them for the characters and for Wyoming, which is perfectly rendered by the author. I'm disappointed, though, when I get to the resolution and (view spoiler)
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stay calm, have courage and wait for signs.

Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry are in Montana looking at venues for Walt's daughters wedding when they see a young woman fall off of a cliff. The investigation is on. Walt is out of his jurisdiction but the chief of police for the area is new to her position and after a rough start adopts Walt as her advisor/mentor. This story goes around and around in circles. Vic (Walt's Under Sheriff), is holding down the fort back in Wyoming, so is not a big part
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
Longmire ingests peyote and has his visions related to a case he's on but he's really not on. As usual Longmire stumbles into an incident while surveying sites for his daughter's wedding. He witnesses a woman plunge to her death off a scenic cliff. Johnson introduces a new character, a woman Indian police chief and former Iraq War veteran-Lolo, who has a chip on her shoulder. Lots of interesting and funny exchanges between the two in a relationship going from being arrested to mentorhood. But th ...more
Steven Montano
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific Longmire read!

Walt is a bit out of his element in more ways than one in this installment. While he and Henry are scouting locations for his daughter's wedding, our intrepid Sheriff witnesses a mysterious death on "The Rez". Before long he and Henry are assisting (or hindering) the Native Chief of Police, and if Walt can survive teaching her how to do her job, locking horns with old friends in the FBI and run-ins with local criminals, he still has the wrath of his daughter to wor
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Walt, Henry, and peyote
Recommended to Jennifer by: Craig Johnson
I've been waiting to read this 8th installment of the Longmire series and it didn't disappoint. Walt and his friend, Henry, are scouting out places on the nearby Cheyenne reservation for his daughter, Cady's, wedding. When they witness the death of a young woman who falls off a cliff with a baby in her arms, wedding planning takes a back seat to the resulting murder investigation. Since the murder takes place on reservation land, the new tribal police chief, Lolo Long, is the primary and Walt se ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Longmire Saga. A high point in this book was Walt Longmire participating in a Piote ceremony out in the desert. Note. These Longmire books do not necessarily need to be read in order. There is enough background offered by Mr. Johnson to allow the overall story arc to not interfere with the specific volume.

A most enjoyable read. Recommended to those who do or do not watch the television series.
Jan "don't blame me, I also voted for Hillary"
A woman falls to her death right in front of Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend Henry Standing Bear. During the course of the investigation, the reader is introduced to a peyote ceremony and several fascinating characters. The story takes place entirely on a reservation in Montana. Another enjoyable Longmire mystery.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do love this series. And much more laugh-out-loud in places than the TV show is ever going to be.
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Walt gets shanghaied into a murder investigation on the Reservation in this New York Times bestseller from the author of The Cold Dish and Hell Is Empty, the most recent novel in the Walt Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series

Fans of Robert B. Parker will love this eighth adventure in the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Walt Longmire mystery series. Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has a more important matter on his mind than c

Mitchel Smith
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Didn't see the end coming, an other great read.
Lexxi Kitty
My 8th book by Johnson, and, oddly enough, the 8th book in the Longmire series. I read books 1 through 3 between Feb 3 and May 27th (1 or 2 days each, not four months). Read books 4 through 8 between Sept. 3rd and Sept. 14th. Apparently my reading of this series has picked up a little speed. And I've still to see an episode of that tv series each book seems to want to tell me about on the book cover.

Let me see. A super rare event occurs in this specific book. An entire Longmire book occurs and .
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
...trying to remember when I'd last prayed for anything. My mind went back to the spring before last, and a time in Philadelphia when I'd sat in a hospital at my daughter's side. I'd prayed then-like a theological car salesman, I'd made deals, counterdeals, and threatened the very heavens themselves if they didn't release my daughter from the swollen solitary confinement to which a terrible accident had sentenced her.

After the hig
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are so many crazy things going on in our world and sometimes a little thing in a book can make you think about important, real world issues. As The Crow Flies is the 8th book in the Longmire series. When I start a Craig Johnson novel, I love to read the acknowledgements and foreword. In this one, Johnson talks about the fact that people ask him if he catches grief for using the word "Indian" instead of "Native American". Here is his response: "Most of my interaction has been with members o ...more
Lynne Perednia
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Walt Longmire has survived desperate situations before, but this could be the most dire. His daughter is getting married, and he and Henry Standing Bear have been assigned some of the preparations. When the pair witness a murder while looking for a wedding site in Montana, Longmire doesn't exactly complain about being drawn into the investigation.

The victim is a young Cheyenne woman. She was shielding her baby when she went over a cliff. The child improbably survives with only a few bruises, and
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