Dry Bones (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson
You can’t help but love these characters, and be sucked into this world that Mr. Johnson has created. It is like an old Western, but in modern times. Family is at the heart of this book and after reading all the novels the reader is family with all of the characters.
Squabbling over a T.Rex body brings in a new set of characters and some old favorites while trying to solve the murder of Danny Lone Elk. As Walt does his best to focus on the case, his daughter and granddaughter come into town and heartbreaking news is delivered.
The ending solved the case, gave closure on the Lone Elk family, and made you love Omar (at least that is how I felt about him at the end). However, the book makes you more worried about the Bidarte situation with Walt and what the future holds for this particular archenemy. While I think it is funny that Walt now has an archenemy, it is also kind of surprising that it took so long in his life to get one (I don’t consider Henry and Lucian enemies even if they act like it sometimes).
The best reason to read this book is that you will have laugh out loud moments when reading a murder mystery. Also, if you have seen the TV show and have ever heard how Longmire was cast, there are a few pages that just make you appreciate the author even more. I really do encourage a reader to go and hear Craig Johnson talk when he does his book tours.
Jennifer Watt = traveling with Dave when found skeleton, name sake of the Dinosaur, video tapes most things, goes missing near end of the book
Dave Baumann = Director of the High Plans Dinosaur Museum, Skip Trout doesn’t like him, is honest with Walt
Omar Rohades = has a new truck, his helicopter is damaged when helping Walt search, and gets shot, the last page of the story makes you love him a little
Danny Lone Elk = Omar finds his body, always had nice hair, asked Walt’s dad to go to an Indian church once, Walt has seen him in his dreams, his wife died about 10 years ago, and his land becomes a big issue in the story
Enic Lone Elk = Danny’s brother, a traditionalist, has a soft spot for Taylor
Randy Lone Elk = Indian Cowboy, Enic is his uncle, Danny is his father, hard on Taylor, didn’t always get along with his father
Taylor Lone Elk = Randy’s nephew, keeps trying to run away, would go hunting and fishing with his grandfather (Danny), Eva’s son, bagger at IGA, goes missing towards the end of the story
Isaac Bloomfield = approaching 90, still taking care of Walt
Joseph Free Bird = “doctor” that prescribed meds for Danny, is told by Walt and the Bob to close up shop
Mike McGroder = FBI agent in charge, out of Denver
Skip Trost = acting deputy U.S. Attorney, has it out for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum, using the T.Rex issue as a political point, does not get along with Walt
Brandon White Buffalo = 7’2″ bring the chiefs to Walt
Henry = back seeing the divorcee up at Rocky Boy, wants to give Lola her Cheyenne name
Double Tough = back from medical leave, doing pirate imitations due to his eye patch, trying to pick out the right glass eye for most of the book
Lonnie Little Bird = Cheyenne chief, meets with Walt about Danny’s death
Lolo Long = tribal police chief, meets with Walt about Danny’s death
Saizarbitoria = helps Walt with the baby stuff
Bob Delude = highway patrolman, assigned to protect Skip
Robert Hall = highway patrolman, assigned to protect Skip
Lucian = had something similar to a stroke happen to him, from poison
Jay = UPS driver who helps moves crates of dinosaur bones around town
Ernie Brown = reporter for Duran Courant
David Nickerson = head of Duran Memorial Hospital’s ER
Eva = Randy’s sister, Taylor’s mom, very shy and anxious
Janine = Ruby’s granddaughter and hospital receptionist
Dennis Kervin = attorney from Durant, was on the plane with Cady and Lola
Michael Moretti = Cady’s husband, Vic’s younger bother, Lola’s father, shot in the line of duty (Henry questions if it was a random shooting)
Chaplain Anthony Keen = called Cady to let her know about her husband, Walt answered the phone instead
Lena = Cady’s mother-in-law, Vic’s mother
Lola = Cady and Michael’s daughter, Henry wants to give her a Cheyenne name
Joe Meyer = attorney general of Wyoming, wife is Mary, wants to talk to Cady about a job
Tomas Bidarte = has a hit out on Walt with the Asociacion Punto Muerto, Henry thinks Michael was shot to get back at Vic for shooting him and to hurt Walt
Lana Boraja = Lucians granddaughter, wants to fix up a carriage house and have Lucian move in to be near him
Dan Craword = manager of IGA
Evelyn Clymer = cashier at IGA, flirts with Lucian, used to work at a hardware store.