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Wyoming’s beloved lawman must solve his coldest case yet when a T. rex skeleton surfaces—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka CountyLongmire, the TV adaptation of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire Mystery series, has ratcheted up demand for the Wyoming sheriff’s written adventures. Publishing on the heels of the Longmire boxed set, Dry Bones is certWyoming’s beloved lawman must solve his coldest case yet when a T. rex skeleton surfaces—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka CountyLongmire, the TV adaptation of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire Mystery series, has ratcheted up demand for the Wyoming sheriff’s written adventures. Publishing on the heels of the Longmire boxed set, Dry Bones is certain to join Johnson’s four most recent Longmire novels when it moseys on up the New York Times bestseller list. When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher on whose land she's found is himself found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog to investigate a sixty-six million year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast....

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Dry Bones Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-04-16 12:30

    The fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex is discovered in Absaroka County and not long after that the rancher that owned the land the T-rex is found on is discovered dead in a turtle pond. It isn't enough that everyone is fighting over who owns the right to the fossil, now Walt Longmire must figure out if the rancher's death was accidental or murder.Craig Johnsons books about Sheriff Walt Longmire is a wonderful series, but I do miss the old days when I didn't have to wait a year until the next book. Walt Longmire is a marvelous character, he has that kind of old cowboy way that I love. The John Wayne feeling. Strong, reliable and tough and, as usual, Walt has a tendency to get into problems. I don't think I have read a book in this series when he doesn't end up in any way in the hospital. This book is not an exception. One thing I truly enjoyed was that Walt and Vic finally had the BIG talk that I have been waiting for since I read book nine in series (A Serpent's Tooth), the talked I waited to read in book ten that never happened.When it came to the T-Rex story must I admit that even though I enjoyed reading it was the stuff around the case that I most liked. It was a difficult case, was it murder or not? Who would, in the end, claim the T-Rex? But the things happening around, a heartbreaking death that I didn't see coming, the openhearted discussion between Walt and Vic and then the realization that an old enemy is back was the best part of the book.So, in the end, the book gets 4.5 stars. I liked the book very much, but I would have liked a much more intense and interesting case.I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review!

  • Zoeytron
    2019-04-07 10:35

    'So, dead bodies in the morning and the usual for lunch - just another day in Absaroka County, Wyoming.'Boy howdy. It feels good to be back in Sheriff Walt Longmire's world. Comfortable as an old pair of cowboy boots. Vic Moretti returns with her salty tongue and no nonsense approach to life. The Busy Bee Cafe is still abuzz with plenty of gossip, serving as the local gathering place for coffee and good food. Henry Running Bear's wry humor is intact, and as always, he has the wisdom of the ages at his disposal. Walt has a lot on his plate right now, personal business as well as county business, a possible murder, and a big ol' bunch of dinosaur bones. Great read!

  • Thomas
    2019-04-11 11:05

    I really like the Longmire series. This is book 11 in the series and I recommend that you read them in order. In Dry Bones, a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is found on the property of Danny Lone Elk. Then Danny turns up dead and he may have been murdered. Walt Longmire, Absaroka County Sheriff of the largest and least populous county in the state of Wyoming, solves the case with the help of his deputies and some old friends including Henry Standing Bear, 2 Wyoming Highway Patrolmen, previous Sheriff Lucian Connally, FBI agent McGroder and Omar Rhodes, wealthy local rancher. All of these characters are now like old friends to me, after reading the previous 10 books and watching the tv series.The skeleton could be worth 5 million dollars or more and several claimants come forward. Half the fun of reading this book is the sparkling dialogue between the above characters. I enjoy the humor and camaraderie between them.Omar has a Neiman Marcus helicopter and a custom made SUV that cost him a couple hundred thousand.Lucian has only one leg and likes to drink whiskey, which plays a part in solving the case.Lucian quote: "Makes you feel better when you shoot people...You ought to try it sometime."This was a library book and an easy 4 stars.

  • Michael
    2019-03-29 18:25

    Good to get back to Sheriff Walt Longmire of mythical Abraoska County, Wyoming, and in turn feel he has my back, like a father I could rely on. Knowing his history from prior books in the series contributes to my concerns for his life. But I would bet most readers would feel right at home with Walt if they chose to read this as a first read with him. The starting murder puts Walt on investigating the drowning of a ranching patriarch, who is Cheyenne and in the middle of a deal with a fossil hunter to excavate an especially high quality T. Rex on his land, one worth over $8 million to museums and dealers. That makes for quite an entertaining premise, as we get outdoors and into some fascinating aspects of the science and business. For color and a touch of comedy we are served up with an intrusion by a grandstanding federal Assistant Attorney General. He wants to make a media splash by pushing prosecutions over illegal profits off fossils taken from federal lands. If Walt doesn’t solve the case it looks like the fossil hunter and his wife might get railroaded. Soon the fed’s commandeering of space and human resources from Walt’s operation begins to hamper his solving of the murder, forcing him to get pretty bold and in the process make some mistakes that get him in trouble. It may be a bit of a formula, but I like it when the mistakes have to do with someone misjudging the weather. Instead of being caught in a blizzard, here the dangers of flashfloods in canyon regions become a thrill part of the story.Walt starts out already distracted by the impending marriage of his lawyer daughter Cady and her upcoming arrival with her daughter. Walt has to get busy under tight constraints, especially when one of his scheduled interview subjects disappears or has been kidnapped. He always gets by with a little help from his friends, but help is slow in coming this time. Certainly his loyal dog Dog is ever ready at his side. His best friend Henry Standing Bear is absent for quite a while, but it wouldn’t be a Longmire episode without at least one situation where Henry saves his life, as well as pass on special insights from his spiritual and crafty self. His trusty and tough female deputy, Vic, also takes a while to get into the story, but she does her bit for the team and provides special sustenance when the going gets tough (is there a romance you’ll wonder if you didn’t read prior installments). Walt’s debilitated father Lucian, upon outings from assisted living, contributes to strategies based on his decades as a sheriff before Walt. Even Walt’s elderly female dispatcher and favorite waitress at his lunch spot are on tap as usual for humor and condolences as needed, and both are needed before the end of this. I always get the feeling that Johnson uses the framework of a crime scenario as a stage with the main purpose of letting his charming and feisty characters live their lives and in doing so either fulfill their fate or develop ways to outsmart it. Elements of justice are advanced, but the growth of his characters is what satisfies, like family members you’d like to nurture. He also seems to get some jollies out of showcasing the richness of rural life and the play of cultural diversity in his particular region of Wyoming (north central near the Bighorn Mountains). With enough sense of community and place, it’s such a kick to get to feel part of it all.Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming

  • Trish
    2019-03-23 11:19

    It is not only kids who are interested in dinosaurs, especially when evidence of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered intact is located on the land of an Indian rancher in Wyoming. Johnson helpfully puts the Acknowledgments for this novel right up front so we can see the degree to which his fiction parallels the actual case of the largest T. rex skeleton ever found, Tyrannosaurus SUE, discovered just over the border in South Dakota. The actual case and the fictional case both become worldwide sensations.The fact of the dinosaur led me back to this series of novels by Craig Johnson, basis for the long-running TV series called Longmire playing on A&E. Johnson continually surprises me with what he chooses to highlight. In his hands there is an inexhaustible well of stories from which to draw life in Wyoming for us. Johnson bridges the continental divide and makes life in Wyoming vivid to city folk who barely remember that there is country outside their city limits. Better yet, Johnson brings us the mysticism of ordinary life among America’s indigenous population by including unexplained visions and voices that keep his head turned to face danger.This novel really began for me when Henry Standing Bear made his appearance. He somehow brings with him a calm center that reveals justice. Lots of things happen to ‘the old dinosaur’ that is Longmire. He acquires scars like most folks get haircuts. His emotions sometimes carry away his humor. But Henry Standing Bear, with his careful language (no contractives) and considered responses, is a safe place for me. I suppose his spirit would make a good ghost, were he to be hurt.But there is time to go before that unthinkable thing. This novel, like others before it, give hints to what is coming, and we are anxious to know how it will turn out. If I had advice for a genre writer, I would point them to the Longmire books and say: study this.Craig Johnson has to be the hardest working writer out there: just look at the promotion schedule for his new book printed below. Every day a new city. Along with overseeing the TV series and producing short stories and novellas for the season, every year Johnson continues to surprise us with a new installment in the unexpected adventures of Longmire, Vic, Henry Standing Bear, and now Cady and Lola. Reading their adventures is like greeting an old friend.Which is why, when one of them gets hurt badly, or worse, we need to remind ourselves that this is fiction, and characters are at the disposal of fiction. That happened in this novel to me. I was hurt more than I should be, perhaps, when one of the characters suffers a devastating loss. It reminded that me that crime novels are about crime and maltreatment when suddenly the jokey manner and friendly folk seem at odds with the subject. Humor may be a way through the thicket that is life. The wisdom in the novels remain: we learn the value of kindness, fairness, and love, whether between friends, family, or the populace at large. If evil can’t be beat, it can be doubled back on and laid very low…lower than happiness in the order of things.This story is not so much about dinosaurs as about the response of humans to the possibility untold wealth as a result of dinosaurs. Pity. We already know about greed. What we have still to learn is tied up with the dinosaur.Events for Craig Johnson’s DRY BONES Tour:Tuesday, May 12, 12Noon Tome on the Range Las Vegas, NMTuesday, May 12, 6PM Collected Works Santa Fe, NMWednesday, May 13, 7PM Tattered Cover (Colfax) Denver, COThursday, May 14, 7PM Old Firehouse Bks/Midtown Arts Fort Collins, COFriday, May 15, 5:30PM Sunriver Bks & Music/ SHARC Sunriver, ORSaturday, May 16, 2PM Powell’s (Cedar Hills Crossing) Portland, ORSunday, May 17, 2PM Sunrise Mountain Library Phoenix, AZMonday, May 18, 12Noon Clues Unlimited Tucson, AZMonday, May 18, 7PM Poisoned Pen Phoenix, AZTuesday, May 19, 7PM Book Passage (Corte Madera) San Francisco, CAWednesday, May 20, 7:30PM Book Shop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CAThursday, May 21, 7PM Book People Austin, TXFriday, May 22, 6:30PM Murder by the Book Houston, TXSaturday, May 23, 3PM Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park Dallas, TXSunday, May 24, 2PM Mechanicsburg Mystery Bks Philadelphia, PATuesday, May 26, 7PM Chester County Books Philadelphia, PAWednesday, May 27, 7PM Left Bank Books St. Louis, MOThursday, May 28, 7PM BookSmart/ Circle Cinema Tulsa, OKFriday, May 29, 7PM Books & Co. Dayton, OHSaturday, May 30, 11AM McIntyre’s Fine Books Pittsboro, NCSunday, May 31, 3PM Quail Ridge Bookstore Raleigh, NCMonday, June 1, 6PM Watermark Books Wichita, KSTuesday, June 2, 7PM Once Upon a Crime Minneapolis, MNWednesday, June 3, 7PM Mystery to Me / Hotel Red Madison, WIFriday, June 5, 7PM Anderson’s Bookshop Chicago, ILSunday, June 7th, Time TK Printers Row Lit Festival Chicago, ILMonday, June 8th, 7PM Barnes & Noble Billings, MTEvents for Craig Johnson's Outlaw Motorcyle Tour:Sunday, June 14, 2PM Red Lodge Book Red Lodge MTSunday, June 14, 4PM Red Lodge Library Red Lodge MTMonday, June 15, 12 PM Elk River Book Livingston, MTMonday, June 15, 7PM Country Bookshelf Bozeman MTTuesday, June 16, 7PM Fact & Fiction Missoula MTWednesday, June 17, 7PM Polson Public Library Polson MTThursday, June 18, 7PM Auntie's Bookstore Spokane WASaturday, June 20, 12 PM Seattle Mystery Bookstore Seattle WASunday, June 21, 4PM Paulina Springs Books Sisters, ORSunday, June 21, 6PM Paulina Springs Books Redmond ORMonday, June 22, 12PM Burns Public Library Burns ORTuesday, June 23, 7PM Betty's Books Baker City ORWednesday, June 24, 7PM Rediscovered Books Boise IDThursday, June 25, 6PM Haley Public Library Haley IDFriday, -June 26, 4PM Dubois Public Library Dubois WYSaturday, June 27, Time TK Mtn Spirit Habitat Groundbreaking Cody WY

  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    2019-04-15 11:24

    Eleven years ago, after reading a review in our local paper, I picked up a novel by then-debut author Craig Johnson called The Cold Dish. And I was hooked. His characters were vivid and human and likeable. The humor was cheeky, yet cleverly worded. There were elements of Indian mysticism and Greek philosophy. With the Wyoming terrain playing a volatile supporting character to the fallible human cast, The Cold Dish was one of the best books I had ever read from a debut author. Still is.Now ten books, 1 novella, and a collection of short stories neatly tucked under his cowboy belt, Johnson proudly, and rightly so, presents Dry Bones. With Sheriff Walt Longmire, the renaissance man of Wyoming lawmen, at the helm and his deliciously salty undersheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti as his wingman, the fictitious Absaroka County is faced with a mystery that kind of began 65 million years ago. When the bones of probably largest and most intact T. Rex skeleton is discovered on Danny Lone Elk's ranch it is cause for celebration. Until, that is, the body of Danny Lone Elk is discovered face down in a pond of carnivorous snapping turtles. The imagery is not lost on the reader as Lone Elk's family, the Cheyenne tribe, the High Plains Dinosaur Museum, and the federal government all lay a claim to the dinosaur nicknamed "Jen".Walt's tiny town of 2483 citizens is immediately overrun with bureaucrats, media, and the FBI--that's the government agency FBI, not the Longmire sobriquet for big Indians. Henry Standing Bear, the sage Indian who has had Walt's back since elementary school, helps Walt navigate through the politically and culturally delicate dance with the Cheyenne tribe. Characters from past books like Agent In Charge McGroder, a man who owes Walt his life, and two agents, nicknamed the Bobs, assist with the federal investigation. Making Walt's job even more difficult is the supremely pompous acting deputy attorney, Skip Trost. And, on top of all of this mayhem, Walt's daughter is flying in from Philadelphia with his first grandchild, Lola, whose namesake is Henry's Baltic-blue 1959 Thunderbird convertible.Thankfully, now that deputies Saizarbitoria and the appropriately named Double Tough are back, as is former-Sheriff Lucian Connelly who stubbornly refuses to die, Walt has his entire team on board. Even Dog, his ever present canine sounding board is there to help. Saizarbitoria is able to update Walt on the multiple equipment requirements of an infant granddaughter. Lucian is willing to shoot anyone, anyone, just give him a chance. And Double Tough (I missed that guy), after losing his eye in an earlier book is back from medical leave sporting an eye patch and a fake eye. I laughed out loud at Vic's reaction when no one had the nerve to tell DT his new eye was the wrong color: "I can't believe you a******* were going to let him wander around looking like a ****ed-up husky because you two were afraid of hurting his delicate feelings..." I love that woman.But then tragedy hits Walt and it's a heartbreaker. And while Walt feels that it is personally aimed at him from someone in his past he has to deal with the human fallout and that's just not something he is good at. He's a man who keeps his feelings to himself and bumbles when handling the feelings of others. Boy howdy does this poor man seriously fumble around. It painfully reminds the reader that despite his strong and stoic nature, deep down, Walt is still a frail human. We also get to see a bit of Walt's childhood, something he rarely looks back upon. To add to Walt's unhappy distress, the prophetic visions of his ghosts are starting to come true.With his ability to build a strong story, his intelligent and clever word play, that cheeky sense of humor, and the most remarkable and endearing cast of characters; Johnson remains one of my favorite writers. I look forward to, and faithfully pre-order, all his new books. And, if he ever visits your town for a book signing, do go meet him. He is a most personable and accommodating speaker; he truly loves talking to his readers. His signings here started in a tiny little bookstore and as his audience grew exponentially he had to move to a larger venue.Yep, this book is highly highly highly highly recommended.

  • Wart Hill
    2019-03-31 17:11

    Things I Find While ShelvingI received a free ARC via NetGalleyI won’t lie, the entire reason I requested this from NetGalley was so I wouldn’t have to wait as long to read it after finishing Any Other Name. I’m impatient, what can I say? (Of course, I forgot to factor in the fact that I’ll have to wait even long for book 12 now…I’ll probably do an epic reread coupled with a show rewatch :D).*cough*Anyway. So. Ulterior motives aside, I love the shit out of these books. Johnson is a master at bringing us a fresh mystery every book. It never feels like I’m reading the same rehashed plot lines with the same tropes and formula *cough*Stephanie Plum*cough*, which is fantastic. Especially when there were already ten books out when I started reading. Plus the show (which is in itself a completely fresh series of mysteries, which is just super fantastic).So. In Dry Bones we have a discovery of what looks like it might possibly be the biggest T. Rex fossil yet uncovered. Especially if it turns out to be a complete skeleton. The problem? There’s some dispute as to who’s it is. The man who owns the land - Danny Lone Elk - has turned up dead in a turtle pond and there is no documentation of a supposed deal with the High Plains Dinosaur Museum.So besides a murder investigation that is turning out to involve a lot of family drama from the decedent’s family, Walt also has to deal with a power grubbing Acting Deputy Attorney General who wants to make sure fossil finds stay in the hands of the people and not get sold off to private collectors. Or something. He was doing a lot of that talking around the point thing - which is a nice little detail. I think I was as annoyed by him as Walt was. So the Deputy Attorney General is trying to get Walt on his team while all Walt wants to do is figure out who killed Danny Lone Elk and why.It’d be nice if he could get it cleared up before Cady and his granddaughter come to visit.But as with all things Longmire, this is not to be. And thus swoops in family drama from Walt’s own family, dragging in a potential threat from the past that has Vic on the warpath and flying back to Philadelphia with Cady and Lola to look into what all is going on.Walt always seems to have a lot on his head in these books. Good thing Henry’s around.So this book has all the awesome character stuff (as usual) and such a well crafted mystery (as usual).Another five star for Longmire from me!

  • Karl
    2019-04-19 15:27

    This installment of the Walt Longmire series is not up to the normal standards of the previous books.The pace seemed rushed and the plot was minor in the scheme of things. Familiar names were mentioned, and the overall story line was not moved forward a great deal. I thoght the book to be a place holder to meet publishing obligations and lay some groundwork for future publications in the series.

  • Eric
    2019-04-12 15:26

    This being the twelfth book in the Longmire series, I have officially run out of superlatives for its' entries. The quality of the stories hasn't begun to waver in the least -- this is actually one of the strongest in the series yet -- and the author's commitment to advancing the character's stories in organic, yet significant ways keeps impressing me, as nobody wants to read a series this long where Status Quo is God. And man, with the unexpected and gut wrenching event halfway through this book, that just can't be said here. If you haven't yet read any of these books, do yourself a favor and start back at the beginning with The Cold Dish, as this series is so much better read in order.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-10 18:35

    A huge Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton - perhaps the largest yet discovered - is found on the Wyoming ranch of elderly Cheyenne Danny Lone Elk. The dinosaur is dubbed 'Jen' after it's discoverer, Jennifer Watt. Jennifer and local paleontologist Dave Baumann prepare to dig out the skeleton for the local High Plains Dinosaur Museum. While the dinosaur is being excavated the corpse of Danny Lone Elk is found in the local snapping turtle pond, partially eaten by the aggressive shelled reptiles. Because the 'Jen' skeleton is estimated to be worth more than eight million dollars it's ownership is soon disputed. The Cheyennes claim it's theirs, the Acting Deputy U.S. Attorney says it belongs to the state, and Jen and Dave insist they bought it from Danny for the Dinosaur Museum. While the wrangling over the skeleton goes on, Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the death of Danny Lone Elk and welcomes a visit from his daughter Cady and grandbaby Lola, who live in Philadelphia. Though there's speculation that a drunken Danny died when he fell into the turtle pond, further inquiries point to mercury poisoning as the cause of death. Who would want to murder Danny? Walt goes to the Lone Elk Ranch to talk to the old Indian's family - his brother, son, daughter, and grandson, each of whom has their own quirky issues. As the story proceeds there's a tragic death connected to Walt's family, which may have been engineered by a psychopath with a grudge against Walt and his undersheriff Victoria Moretti. This story thread isn't pursued much, and may be fodder for a future book. As Walt looks into Danny's death some of the possible suspects pull a vanishing act. Walt's pursuit of these individuals leads to plenty of action involving a recalcitrant Appaloosa, a ferocious thunderstorm, a helicopter, a hidden cave, a sinkhole whirlpool, etc. In the course of the story various characters are poisoned, almost killed in a flash flood, coldcocked with a rifle butt, shot, bruised, taken to the hospital, and so forth. Through it all Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear (AKA The Cheyenne Nation) show their mettle, two tough old soldiers who know how to get the job done. Walt's loyal pooch, 'Dog' also demonstrates some doggy smarts. As I read the book I learned a little about Wyoming, Indian artifacts, snapping turtles, helicopters and dream visions. I was also impressed with Walt's common sense, affection for his family and friends, and just plain grit. By the end of the book Danny's death is solved and the T. rex is getting a home. This is a good mystery in an engaging setting, recommended for fans of the genre.

  • Mark
    2019-03-31 12:29

    The article of conflict is the Fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex found on the property of Indian gourds, the Indian who sold the right to excavation is found dead in a lake. Walt Longmire gets an ADA on his back accompanied by the FBI because the man in question wants to make a case of selling the Fossil history of the state of Wyoming, or also known as a wee bit of Political Grandstanding something that Longmire has an absolute dislike of.Also Longmire's granddaughter Lola and daughter Cady are visiting the great outdoors of Wyoming and before she has landed the world has changed for Longmire, family and friends.And then there is the drama of the Indian family on whose ground the Fossil was found and whose grandfather turns out to be poisoned. Longmire has his work cut out for him.Another brilliant installment in this series that keeps telling a story I really enjoy reading, the down to earth Sherif who has his issues with visions of a supernatural but mostly Indian nature. Henry his Cheyenne best friend who keeps his friends alive and keeps drama grounded, Vic Moretti who stayed with Longmire because he stole her heart and more.Their story and friendship. dialogue and insights make a stay in Wyoming's Absaroka County an interesting read and makes you yearn for more stories and developments in their universe.Well worth the read, but start at the beginning and enjoy the development of Longmire's character and that those of his friends. Or watch the tv show it is easily one of the better TV shows on the telly currently.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-24 16:28

    The most complete T. Rex fossil ever found causes major problems for Walt Longmire. No one is sure who owns the valuable dinosaur or the land it was found on. A murder occurs, another far away murder occurs, Cady and Lola visit briefly, and poor Walt is burdened with federal bureaucracy. I enjoyed the storyline, but there were times during dialogues that I had to stop and figure out who was speaking. It wasn't always clear and it wasn't labelled. I do like the banter between the characters, but there were certain serious situations when the banter seemed inappropriate. Compared to previous books in the series, I'd say this was not the best, but not the worst.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-04-08 13:28

    Another great Longmire adventure. All the old characters are back. Walt finds himself caught between a government blowhard, a feisty young archeologist and the murder of an old Indian acquaintance. There are not many suspects and most are dismissed fairly easily, however just when Walt thinks he has a hold on the case, tragedy strikes. As much as he would like to protect and serve he is very distracted and feeling useless. This book is a turning point in the series, some very serious, old, unfinished business must be handled by Walt and Henry before it rears its ugly death head again. George Guidall is still one of my favorite narrators and is perfectly paired with Craige Johnsons wonderful characters.

  • Pam
    2019-04-14 16:12

    Your quintessential Longmire mystery. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love with Walt all over again.

  • Lesa
    2019-04-16 16:17

    Craig Johnson's Dry Bones marks the return of Sheriff Walt Longmire and his team in a mystery with echoes from the past. And, it can't go much further back than the ages of the dinosaurs.Jennifer Watt's dog actually made the discovery, "one of the greatest paleontological discoveries in modern times". Named for Watt, "Jen", the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, was uncovered in Absaroka County, Wyoming, causing all sorts of troubles for Longmire. The High Plains Dinosaur Museum seems to have uncovered a treasure, until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne who owns the land where Jen was discovered, is found dead, and there's no evidence of his agreement with the museum. Instead, his family, the tribe, and the Dept. of Justice all lay claim to Jen. And, the FBI is investigating illegal fossil collection and sales of state property.Walt really has no patience with the acting deputy U.S. attorney who craves publicity. He's not interested in storing dinosaur bones in his jail. Longmire has a murder to investigate, and he'd like to make some progress before his daughter, Cady, arrives from Philadelphia with his five-month-old granddaughter, Lola. But, Danny's family is uncooperative, while the media attention about Jen continues to grow, becoming a campaign to "Save Jen!"When Deputy Vic Moretti is injured, Longmire turns to old friends Henry Standing Bear, Lucian Connally, Omar Rhoades, and, of course, Dog, to assist in a massive search in the county, as they look for answers. Sheriff Longmire needs answers to Danny Lone Elk's murder, answers that, hopefully, might help to "Save Jen".As always, Johnson's writing is beautiful, descriptive of the Wyoming setting. The tone is wry, witty at times, but Longmire always takes his job seriously. The humor covers up the serious aspects of Longmire's job; the danger, the threats, the ghosts that are always there. There's a wonderful conversation between Walt and his dispatcher, Ruby, in which he says, "It just seems like I made this deal with the universe to serve and protect, and in return, little by little, I get everything I care about taken away from me."Mystery readers have intriguing stories, powerful and mystical novels in the Longmire series. At the same time, these are books that should attract readers of westerns who appreciate the Wyoming setting, the Wyoming tribes, and the hero who stands tall against evil.I'm never disappointed when I eagerly pick up the latest Longmire mystery. I read them for the suspense, the humor, the history, the ghosts and spirituality. Most of all, I read them for the thoughtfully-developed, wonderful characters, beginning with Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear. Dry Bones is another remarkable mystery in a string of strong, superb books by a master who continues to out-do himself. Craig Johnson doesn't rest on his laurels. As he would write, "Boy howdy!" Dry Bones is terrific.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-04-15 14:35

    Beginning with the life and death of a female Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dry Bones had me hooked. In a few paragraphs, Johnson brought that dinosaur to life and then swiftly moved on to the death of Cheyenne rancher Danny Lone Elk. The image of Danny's body in a pond filled with snapping turtles carries right on through to the firestorm of greed and special interests that erupts in Walt's small town. Everyone is trying to snap up Jen and carry her off. Everyone wants the millions of dollars that she represents. It's all up to Walt to figure out who would benefit the most from Danny Lone Elk's death, who would be willing to kill him for all that money.Fortunately Sheriff Walt Longmire has the capable help of one of the best casts of characters in all of fiction. Rounding out his posse is former sheriff and resident curmudgeon Lucian Connolly, Walt's best friend Henry Standing Bear, Omar Rhoads, Vic Moretti, and-- of course-- Dog. Walt's even expecting a visit from his daughter Cady and his granddaughter Lola.Craig Johnson has a lean, spare style. He doesn't go overboard with scenic descriptions or long interior monologues, but after reading his books, you feel that you know Wyoming, and that you know these characters and what they think and how they feel. It's got a lot to do with the author's talent for dialogue. There is so much wit and humor and emotion in what they're saying; it's impossible not to feel as though you know each and every one of them.Dry Bones can be read as a standalone, but I really wouldn't recommend it. You're not going to get lost following the story, but you're going to miss a lot of nuance in the relationships between characters like Walt and Vic or Walt and his daughter Cady. These relationships are the backbone of this series.It seems like you can't talk about the Longmire books anymore without talking about the television series, too. I've been a diehard Craig Johnson fan since his first book The Cold Dish was published in 2004. I'm also a fan of the television series "Longmire." Are the two-- book series and television series-- identical twins? No, they are not. Different stories are being told, so it's possible to read the books and not have the television series be spoiled, and vice versa. I like that-- not that I'm one of those folks who say, "That didn't happen in the book!" when I'm watching something on TV anyway. These characters are special, and they're more than capable of being both in print and on screen.But one thing is certain. As good as that television series is, it simply cannot beat the books. Read them. Read all of them. They are treasures.

  • Mackay
    2019-03-31 13:07

    The charms of the Walt Longmire series mostly lie in the deft characterization, the sly wit, the broad comedy, and the well-painted settings. All of that is believable and to be treasured. I always enjoy being in Walt's company, especially if Henry Standing Bear is close by. This won't be the last one I read, either (should Mr. Johnson care to write more). All that said, this story felt a bit phoned in and gave short shrift to elements within the tale. **spoiler alert** But all is not right with this novel.(view spoiler)[The murder of Cady's new husband obviously is setting up something down the line in the larger tale of Walt's evolving life, but it threw the balance of this book - which is about the discovery of a big T-Rex fossil and the subsequent fight over it - all out of whack. After such an event, it was hard to care (or believe Walt would care) about the tedious bones and the never-fully-resolved fight. Some characters simply disappear. Ho hum. (hide spoiler)] Mr. Johnson is capable of so much more.

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-04-20 17:30

    4.5/5; 5 stars; AI really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator, George Guidall, probably made the book for me. His voice was well matched to all the characters. And speaking of characters, that is what really appeals to me in this story; right from the main character, Walt Longmire, to his old buddy Henry Standing Bear, his under-sheriff Vic, Dog, and all the other colourful people in this Wyoming community. The mystery was interesting, the dialogue witty and the pace snappy. Despite the various dark elements in the plot, the overall feel of the book wasn't dark.I have never read a Walt Longmire mystery before but will definitely be going back to check out earlier books in the series.

  • Scott
    2019-04-16 13:05

    **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. ** "Dry Bones" is the eleventh novel in the “Longmire” mystery series, continuing the fictional adventures of Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming; his daughter, Cady, the world’s greatest lawyer; his best friend, Henry Standing Bear; his loyal and outspoken deputy, Vic Moretti; his loyal and less outspoken deputy, and Dog, his faithful animal companion. This adventure begins with Walt waiting for Cady to arrive for a visit with his five-month old granddaughter, Lola. Unfortunately, before she can arrive, Walt is called in by Omar to investigate a dead body of a local rancher found floating face down in his own turtle pond. The victim, Danny Lone Elk, also happens to own the property that “Jen”, the biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was recently discovered and is being excavated by representatives of the High Plains Dinosaur Museum. Danny’s death and possible murder kicks off an ownership fight of the estimated $8M find, including claims from Danny’s family, the dinosaur museum, the local Indian tribe preservation society, and the federal government. Acting Deputy U.S. Attorney, Skip Trost, and a team of FBI agents (including one from a previous book) all show up on Walt’s door demanding a piece of the action. While trying to fight off everyone trying to claim ownership, Walt begins his investigation to find out who would want Danny out of the way. Enlisting help from his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, the previous sheriff, Lucian Connolly and, mystery hunter and helicopter owner, Omar Rhoades, Walt gets tangled up with the members of Danny’s family and their dysfunctional history.As the story unfolds, Johnson moves smoothly between several plotlines, including the mystery around Danny’s death, the fighting between the various groups and agencies over the rights to “Jen”, and the arrival of his exhausted daughter and loud granddaughter. There are some great moments between Henry and Lucian, as well as with Henry and Omar. Although he’s used sparingly in the series, Omar brings just enough mystery and strength to stand shoulder to shoulder with Henry and withstand Lucian’s sharp sarcastic attacks. Besides, Johnson needed to find a way to include Omar’s famous Neiman Marcus helicopter in the story. There’s even a major surprise you won’t see coming that may involve Walt’s and Vic’s undead enemy hiding out in Mexico, Tomas Bidarte. As usual, Walt gets himself injured and hurt, suffering his hundredth concussion (I swear he seems to suffer at least one concussion in every book) as he not only fights to uncover the secrets Danny’s family members are keeping, but also tries to survive a horrible lightning and wind storm to reveal the truth and gain justice the Longmire way. However sarcastic this sounds, it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the way the mystery unfolded, the unique members of Danny Lone Elk’s family, the wonderful snidely character of Deputy U.S. Attorney Skip Trost as he tried to bend Walt to his side, and Lucian’s getting sick from drinking the poisoned liquor was classic. Johnson has created a cast of real human characters and a physical geographic world that is beautiful in so many ways. But what really got me in this book was the shocking surprise that came in the middle of the story when I least expected it. Johnson pulls me and gets me to care about all of his world, and then he rips it out from under the reader, elevating the story and the drama to new and higher levels. There was more than a moment when I was very angry and refused to accept the outcome. That’s what a great writer does to you and your heart. I hope you’re happy Johnson. Seriously, I hope you’re pleased with what you did. Overall, "Dry Bones" is a story about the past, the future, revenge, and more importantly, the bonds of friendship and family. The shadow of Bidarte in the background, and knowing that no one is safe has captured my interest in a stunning manner. I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book.

  • Mark Stevens
    2019-04-07 12:31

    I listen to Craig Johnson novels on audio for one reason: George Guidall.George Guidall is the voice of Walt Longmire. He perfectly captures Longmire’s wise, calm inner workings. As fans of the main character know, Sheriff Longmire never gets too excited and Guidall shifts from general befuddlement to rising alarm to stubborn insistence in smooth fashion. Together, Guidall’s narration—as natural as sitting around a campfire—is made that much more sublime due to Craig Johnson’s easy-going prose and the steady rhythms of his velvet narrative style. The pacing is exquisite, the details are wonderful, and the plot charges ahead on a natural roll. Nothing feels forced. Johnson’s prose is a master class in subtraction—only the needed details—and steady forward momentum.I don’t know about other Craig Johnson readers, but I live for the colorful touches as much as the big plot. A pack of dogs is “the canine mafia.” A one-year old “escapes from everything like a miniature Houdini.” And at one point Vic smiles with “the kind of smile cats reserve for their dealings with mice.”As reviewer Kevin Tipple and many others have pointed out, Johnson’s books and the television series “Longmire” are two different animals. The books are first-person. They ride on Longmire’s big-world view. He has ample reason to be jaded and biting, but he’s open hearted. He’s in charge, sure, but nobody needs to know he’s the smartest guy in the fictional Wyoming county where he keeps order. He gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. Longmire’s feet are so firmly planted on the ground that he makes ghosts as real as the dogs, trucks and Vic’s colorful language. There are multiple double-meanings of ‘dry bones’ in this yarn (including a nifty lesson on cremation); the best reference might be Longmire’s own marrow.Unfortunately, the television show relies on a more traditional cop show mentality and, of course, can’t possibly let us in on the steady observations and attitudes that gives the books their fine style. It’s possible you’ve seen the show and don’t think you would enjoy the books. That would be a big mistake. If anything, treat the television series like a gateway drug. (I’m writing this before getting a chance to see what Netflix does with the “Longmire” production; I’m hoping they open it up a bit and let it breathe.)As stories go, "Dry Bones" is up there with my other favorite, "Hell is Empty." The good news here is that Johnson isn’t mailing it in, despite the success of both the books and show. (I’d be surprised if he ever did.)"Dry Bones" involves a gem of a plot ignited by two events. The first is the discovery of a complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton—and possibly one of the best examples ever found. The second is the death of Danny Lone Elk, whose body is found being nibbled by turtles in a fishing hole. Murder? Natural causes? The fight over ownership and the future of the skeleton and the investigation into the murder (hey, we know it’s murder—this is a murder mystery series) are smoothly interwoven with Longmire’s warm humor and ability to endure a variety of ordeals that both man and nature hurl his way. A subplot deals with the pending visit of Longmire’s daughter and granddaughter and then a tragedy back in Philadelphia adds a solid hunk of emotional weight, as if Longmire’s load wasn’t quite heavy enough.There will no scenery chewing, however, nothing too over the top. Walt Longmire sucks it up, keeps moving right along.Even given the most shocking news of all, Walt keeps it all in: “It’s a fact that the planet rotates at approximately 1,040 miles per hour, but there are those moments when the world just stops, magnetic poles be damned; you just stop the world with the weight of your own solitary gravitas.”Listening to George Guidall, you'll feel that "gravitas" right down in your own dry bones. (Final note: I have been reading and enjoying Craig Johnson's novels for many years. Visit my book review page for evidence: I was thrilled when Craig generously offered to read my forthcoming novel, "Lake of Fire" (September 2015), the fourth in the Allison Coil Mystery Series. He gave me a fantastic endorsement:

  • Carol Crigger
    2019-04-14 11:07

    Who doesn’t love a Wyoming dinosaur, although. . . turtles? Not so much. Especially after picking up Dry Bones, the latest in Craig Johnson’s Longmire mystery series.The complete skeleton of a T. Rex, nicknamed “Jen” after the woman (and her dog) who discovered it, has been found on land owned by an elderly Cheyenne. But just who owns the fossil, and has the right to sell it is questionable after Danny Lone Elk is found dead in a turtle pond. Murdered, as it turns out, and Walt has plenty of suspects.Complications ensue, including a death in the family, which includes his friends, his co-workers, and even the previous sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming.We’re getting along in years with Walt Longmire, but Walt, Henry, Vic, and even Dog never age. They never become boring, either, which has as much to do with Craig Johnson’s voice and writing skill than Longmire’s actual investigations.Some things I noticed: Johnson’s writing has a warmth to it that always sucks you in. Reading a Longmire novel is like visiting with a group of friends or family. The subject, as usual, will probably teach you a little something. That never hurts. A lively bunch of suspects to choose from, and every one a three-dimensional character. I promise, you’ll love the way this one turns out.Stay tuned. I can’t wait for the next book.

  • Amy Sturgis
    2019-03-31 16:20

    I had read every novel and short story in Craig Johnson's Longmire series and watched every aired episode of the television adaptation, and I was pining for more. Dry Bones scratched that itch in a most satisfying way. It also reminded me not to underestimate Craig Johnson as a storyteller; after all this time, he still has tricks up his sleeve. One plot point in this novel quite literally took my breath away.Dry Bones features the full Longmire ensemble, both a new mystery and what quite likely is a new move in an old dance of revenge, and a focus on the complicated politics involved when members of the Absaroka County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, and the Cheyenne Nation all find themselves entangled in an investigation. But the mystery is in many ways the background here, while the characters and their relationships and understandings of the world take center stage. The fact that I saw the final revelations coming did not detract from my enjoyment of the story in the least. Johnson's unique voice, humane perspective, and sense of place are a continual joy to read.I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for those new to the Longmire series, but for those who know and love these stories, it is a moving read.

  • Heather Fineisen
    2019-04-01 17:35

    This wasn't my favorite entry in the Walt Longmire series but it was still a good read. I liked the focus on the dig that found the dinosaur bones and the legal initiatives that came with it. The characters are well developed and the dialogue witty. The mystery seemingly played second to the other story line which is left hanging. Overall, a solid read.Copy provided by NetGalley.

  • Koeeoaddi
    2019-04-20 15:05

    2.5Not my favorite Longmire book. Too many extraneous characters we never get to know, too many unconnected plot lines, too much chasing around. Some good comic relief from Vic, though.

  • LJ
    2019-04-11 13:25

    First Sentence: She was close to thirty years old when she was killed.The discovery of the largest, most completely Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found brings a myriad of groups to Absaroka Country claiming ownership rights; tribal, federal, or that of the Cheyenne rancher now found dead in a turtle pond. Sheriff Walt Longmire is also expecting a visit from his daughter and new granddaughter. With the help of old friends, and the confusion of several interested parties and enforcement agencies, Walt has a crime to solve; one worth millions in ownership rights to someone.Whether one loves history or is a fan of Jurassic Park, you’d be hard pressed not to be intrigued by the opening. And, although our attention has been captured by the first mystery; two more levels are added leaving us compelled to read on. In fact, the danger of starting a Craig Johnson book is that you can’t put it down until you’re done. Johnson writes some of the very best dialogue of anyone…”He held the reins out to me. “Here you go.” …”I glanced at the Bear, who shook his head. “As much as it pains me to say, you are the better horseman.” “I shook my head. “It’s an Appaloosa. Isn’t that the horse that Cheyenne traditionally rode into battle?” “It was, because by the time you ride an Appaloosa some distance, you are ready to kill anything.”The characters are fully developed and interesting, but not stereotypical. One can particularly appreciate the exchange relating to Walt and Henry Standing Bear’s classical education. The interaction between them is natural and real, often offsetting the seriousness of the story. Learning new background on Walt creates an added intimacy with and dimension to, the character, as well as insight into what made him into the man he is. The plot is timely and relevant, reflecting many themes present in current events, but they are not politicized. As well as being entertained, it is also pleasure to be informed and to learn things one, perhaps, hadn’t known. Added to that, is a soupcon of spiritualism and philosophy…”Maybe that’s what happens when you invest so much of yourself in something; whether it is a person or a place, your soul is loath to leave it.” These elements add to the richness of the story.So why not an "Ex" rating? For all the positives and strength of this book, this just didn’t have the edge and focus of previous books. One can conjecture as to why this might be, and the book certainly did not feel formulaic, but it was not the strongest of the series. We have come to expect such a high standard that we notice when a book falls just a bit short. It's also not unusual for a long-running series, but one does notice. Nonetheless...“Dry Bones” is, at core of the story, a mystery; and a cracking good one. There is excellent tension and suspense, as well as a powerful and shocking turn of events surely leading us to the next book.DRY BONES (Pol Proc-Walt Longmire-Wyoming-Contemp) – VG+Johnson, Craig – 12th in seriesViking – May 2015

  • Truman32
    2019-04-01 14:14

    Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series is an awful lot like the stone-encrusted superhero, Ben Grimm—also known as the Thing. You see the Thing is not a particularly special hero. His roll in the Fantastic Four pretty much consists of him smashing stuff and expressing his feelings on how it just might now be the occasion to clobber. His power is his strength—something many other heroes and villains have—many of them in fact much more powerful. What Ben Grimm does have is dependability. You know what you are going to get with this oversized orange–colored galoot and it is often something good. He is loyal, hardworking, fun, and consistent. He’s your buddy. You know you are in for a safe ride with no real scary deviations or challenging detours. Sure he is never going to shine like a Spiderman. And sure he will never have the depths of a Batman. But when you have Ben Grimm on your side you know you will have a strong if slightly uneventful but satisfying ride.Which brings us to Longmire and the newest book in the series—Dry Bones. This book is great. The story involves the shenanigans around some recently discovered dinosaur bones. There is a murder, and much action (told in Craig’s strong pulse pounding prose) and even more wisecracks. All the characters we have loved from the previous novels show up and it is like reacquainting with old friends. It’s fantastic. The fact that there is not much groundbreaking is not meant to be a slight at this excellent series. All the books I have read so far have been wonderful and exciting with excellent characters beginning with Walt Longmire himself and including all his friends, fellow police, and suspects. And to be honest, I am not sure I really even want this to change—I like seeing my old pals again with all their wisecracks and foibles. Sometimes that is all you want from a book.It’s a lot like fighting crime with Ben Grimm.

  • David
    2019-04-22 14:11

    Longmire continues to be an interesting series of books. Johnson manages to convey both great humor and great sorrow in just about every book. He manages to fill his books with odd characters who do odd things along with grand adventure. Thankfully, this particular title minimized the mystical Indian stuff that occasionally permeate these fine mystery novels. There is a decent mystery, and the clues are pretty decent, and I felt the author plays fair as the clues are revealed and the reader permitted to figure out the identity and the motive of the murdered before Sheriff Longmire does so. Johnson never cheats the reader by showing us the bad guy outside of the Sheriff's view, which is important when writing a story in the first person. Instead, the entire story unfolds as Longmire investigates, or a deputy calls him, or information is provided to him. A good mystery-- fun and yet tragic in places. Sadly, a great tragedy occurs in this book that OBVIOUSLY sets up for the next book in the series. This is annoying and frustrating, because it is written like the television program-- with this underlying mystery to be resolved later on. This particular setup comes across as filler and adds NOTHING to this novel. Therefore, it was annoying to me. I like it better when mystery novels are self-contained. I don't mind being reminded of events that took place in earlier books, but I dislike being setup to want to read the next book as it interfered with getting to the conclusion of this one. I hope Johnson avoids this method of promoting the next book by providing television-like plotting.The TV show is based on the series and it shouldn't try to go the other direction. Even though there are distinct differences between the show's plotlines and the books. I am speaking of method rather than content.

  • Darcy
    2019-04-18 13:19

    This book seemed to have some tough hits for Walt. I loved that he finally told Vic that he knew she was pregnant. Vic's reaction was classic Vic, of course she knew Walt knew and was waiting for him to come to her about it. While I'm glad that this came out, it will be interesting how it effects their relationship going forward.I was glad that Cady was bringing Lola to visit, but that sure ended up a cluster. I was stunned with what happened there. Walt remembering the phrase from a vision was telling. I hope that Cady takes advantage of the offer that came by phone at the end.The drama with the bones had me shaking my head. Of course everything would end in greed. I only hope that those left can go forward in life.

  • Faith
    2019-04-23 17:33

    I loved the Longmire television series when it aired on cable, but I had never heard of the books before then. Judging from this book, the tv series certainly got the tone of the books right. I really like the characters Walt and Henry. I listened to the audio book, and while the narrator sounded nothing like the tv actors I thought he did an excellent job of portraying the various characters.This book verges on being a cozy mystery. It wasn't particularly complex or suspenseful, but it was entertaining due to the characters, touches of humor and locale. I will probably read more in this series.

  • Julie
    2019-04-08 11:31

    While all the books in this series are riveting, I found myself thinking, this was one of the best installments I have read so far. I loved the dialogue, the way the author offsets heavy plot developments with humor, and creates an atmosphere that sucks the reader right into the pages of the book. This review is a featured review on Night Owl Reviews. To read the review in it's entirely click this link: review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews-