Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas in Absaroka County With Sheriff Walt Longmire

I’m sure readers are familiar with Sheriff Walt Longmire from author Craig Johnson’s series featuring the intriguing protagonist, while others may have found him through the A&E highly-rated Longmire on television.

Just in time for Christmas, Penguin released CHRISTMAS IN ABSAROKA COUNTY (ISBN: 978-1-10163471-8) an original eSpecialXMAS in Absaroka Cover story collection by New York Times bestselling author Johnson featuring Sheriff Longmire. It’s the holiday season in Absaroka County and Sheriff Walt Longmire gets personal in this delightful eSpecial collection of four original short stories. 

In CHRISTMAS IN ABSAROKA COUNTY, readers glimpse a softer side of Walt Longmire, the longtime sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, as he grapples with the death of his wife Martha and his sometimes turbulent, but ever-loving relationship with his daughter Cady. 

In these four stories: Ministerial Aid, Slick-Tongued Devil, Toys for Tots, and Unbalanced, Walt is alternately at his best and his worst. He helps a possibly delusional elderly victim of domestic abuse while sporting a bath robe and a mean hangover on New Year’s Day. He’s sidelined by grief when his wife’s obituary appears in the paper and there’s an unexpected knock on his door, two-days before Christmas. 

He strives to help even those who don’t want it when he picks up a young female hitchhiker and he’s forced into some last-minute Christmas shopping by the Greatest Legal Mind of Our Times, during which he might just end up saving a young Marine chaplain’s Christmas. 

Full of Longmire’s dry wit and good heart, Christmas in Absaroka County is a holiday must-have for every Craig Johnson fan. 

Also in time for the holidays Penguin has released a boxed set trade paperback collection of Johnson’s first four Longmire mysteries: The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished and Another Man’s Moccasins.

Johnson’s last Walt Longmire mystery, AS THE CROW FLIES (Viking), was a New York Times bestseller. His ninth Longmire mystery, A SERPENT’S TOOTH (Viking) goes on sale May 7, 2013. 

A&E-TV’s highly-rated Longmire, will be back for a second season in Summer 2013. It stars Robert Taylor (Matrix, Vertical Limit) as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) as Henry Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24) as Vic Moretti.

Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies

Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

CHRISTMAS IN ABSAROKA COUNTY is available online at all e-book retailers, including Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Amazon Kindle books, Apple’s iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook books. 

(* NOTE - This post is just my way of passing along information about an author and new releases I thought you might be interested in learning about.)

Thanks ever so much for stopping by today. How is your Christmas shopping going? Have you purchased any books for gifts yet?


  1. Mason - Oh, I'm a fan of Walt Longmire. I love the setting for those books, I love the character, the whole thing. And this little collections sounds like a good 'un. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How timely. I just started The Cold Dish at the recommendation of a friend. Really enjoying it, and will have to check this out! Thanks!


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