When it comes to series, I normally like to read them in order. However, sometimes I’m introduced to a new series by the latest release which could be the first or the 20th.
In the case of author Craig Johnson’s series, Longmire, my first real introduction to his series was book nine, A SERPENT’S TOOTH. Thanks to the lovely Angela at Penguin, I had the chance to go back and start at the beginning of the series with THE COLD DISH.
THE COLD DISH by Craig Johnson
Several years back, Cody and three other high school boys raped a local Cheyenne girl. They were only given suspended sentences for their crime. When a second boy turns up dead, it seems someone is seeking their own brand of justice for their actions. It’s up to Longmire to see that the cold dish of revenge isn’t served to the remaining boys. Helping him in his fight to save the boys is his deputy, Victoria Moretti, and his lifelong friend, Henry Standing Bear.
In THE COLD DISH, Johnson creates a realistic story that is filled with a cast of zany and likable characters. He balances a blend of humor, suspense, tragedy and hope for a well-developed story.
Johnson’s vivid eye for detail enhances his descriptions as told from a law enforcement point of view. The back stories on each character adds to the overall plot as readers get to know them through Longmire. The interaction among the characters is plausible and draws the reader in. Their quick and witty dialogue will have you laughing at times.
The story flows smoothly and at a steady pace holding the readers attention from beginning to surprising end. THE COLD DISH is an appealing start to a series mystery fans have quickly followed.
Author Craig Johnson’s website is http://www.craigallenjohnson.com/
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson, A Walt Longmire Mystery, Penguin Books, @2012, ISBN: 978-0143123170, Paperback, 400 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks for stopping by today. Do you have to read a series in order or do you just read whichever books are available and then follow up with the others?
**NOTE -- Author Cristiane Serruya was slated to be here today, but due to an oversight on my part she graciously reschedule. She will be joining us Aug. 3rd to talk about the second installment in her trilogy, TRUST: BETRAYED.**