Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review—The Western Star by Craig Johnson #OpenBook Blog Hop

I've long been a fan of Craig's Johnson's series of Longmire books. I discovered them several years before they became the inspiration for the TV series and own most of them. (In print.) I've had about half of them signed by the author as he makes regular appearances in my part of the world.

So I was looking forward to his new release, The Western Star. In fact, it was on my wishlist for my birthday. It took me a few days to start reading it because I wanted to wait for the weekend when I could devour it without too many interruptions.

Most of the book did not disappoint. Johnson did his usual fine job of weaving an intricate tale including both present-day and historical references. Most of our favorite characters are back,  although they take a back seat in the story line. (Spoiler alert: for those of you hoping for more action between Longmire and Vic, don't hold your breath.) The major mystery is wrapped up nicely by our favorite sheriff.

But here's where I think Johnson went wrong. He left us with a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and refuse to write them. For those of you who have read the books, you probably remember the underlying story arc.Without giving too much away, that's the story line that leaves us hanging. In a big way. And since Johnson only seems to release one book a year, that's a long time to wait.

As a result, I'm giving this book 4 stars. But sure, I'll read the next one when it comes out.

If you've read the book, let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with my rating. In the meantime, I'm off to see what our other authors are reading.

December 4, 2017 – Review a book you've recently read.
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