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Western

by Cynthia Chow


Back in 1972, Walt Longmire was not the wry, easy-going sheriff readers love today. Just two weeks of working under Absaroka County Sheriff Lucian Connelly had Walt questioning his choice of career, despite the pressure of having to support a new wife and upcoming baby. In his first year as president of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association, Lucian was dragging along his rookie deputy for a sheriff’s junket on the Western Star steam train to Evanston.

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by Barry Wiley


Friday is said to be an unlucky day, Kyame Piddington read. It is hangman’s day. Some star having special gravity struck with sporadic force yesterday and illuminated some of the social phases in the zodiac of Dodge City. There was a gambling sport who was chaired by a pugilistic concubine.

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by Cynthia Chow


Rock skipping and fly-fishing. Only in Absaroka County, Wyoming, does that mean skipping rocks to chase turtles away from a body and using a fish-hook to reel it in. Danny Lone Elk has unfortunately met his demise in his favorite fishing spot, nibbled on by the very creatures he championed. Even more inconvenient for Sheriff Walt Longmire is the discovery on Danny Lone Elk’s land of “Jen,” possibly the world’s most important–and valuable–fossilized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Paleontologists, museums, the U.S. government, Danny Lone Elk’s family, and the Cheyenne Conservatory all contest ownership of the eight-million-dollar prize, but the one with the last word is, inconveniently, the late Danny Lone Elk.

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by Cynthia Chow



Over ten years ago Craig Johnson started to give short stories as thank you presents for his newsletter subscribers. Released every Christmas Eve, his fans began to anxiously await the annual treats. Finally there is a collection of these delightful peeks into the life of Absaroka County, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. Petunia, Bandit Queen of The Bighorns is the one completely original new story but all will be delightful reminders of Johnson’s past gifts to his readers.

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by Guy Belleranti




Deputy Latimore stepped out from the rest of the posse as Marshal Ben Clagget reined in his horse. “Marshal,” Latimore said, “those stage robbers were hiding out here by the creek just like you thought. The boys and I had ‘em surrounded before they could make a run. Got all three of ‘em hand-tied and ready for the ride back.”

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by Cynthia Chow



At any other time, Absaroka County, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire would have been on the first flight to Philadelphia to be at his daughter’s side as she gives birth to his first grandchild. Instead, Walt’s loyalty has him accompanying his old mentor and former boss Lucien Connally to Campbell County on of a plea to investigate the suicide of another detective. Gerald Holman’s widow insists that he was not suicidal, and her years of experience as a court reporter allow her to recognize when the investigating detectives are telling lies.

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by Cynthia Chow,
Sandra Murphy & Sharon Tucker


During the late 1940s, after World War II, Vince Pope retired from private investigation into a relatively luxurious life with his new wealthy socialite wife, Laura Thronson. He can’t escape his past or his reputation though and Pope continues to be consulted by potential clients pleading for him to return at least one more time to his occupation as a private eye.

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by Ted Feit


The thrust of this eighth Walt Longmire novel is two-fold. Walt and his sidekick, the “Bear,” also known as the Cheyenne Nation, are charged with arranging the wedding of Walt’s daughter, a formidable task for the two men.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Newly arrived reporter, Samantha Slater, arrives to begin her new job as a reporter only to find that her boss, George Stanley has been stomped to death by a runaway horse. Samantha takes over the job as editor. Her first story is writing Stanley’s obituary. To do that, she must interview the townspeople. In so doing, she learns that George Stanley wasn’t exactly loved by the citizens of the small town. He seemed to delight in writing hurtful stories about the locals. The more she finds about the dead man, she begins to realize that many were relieved by his death.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Looking for a light, fun mystery to enjoy this summer? Three Seconds to Thunder would be the perfect choice. Set in 1896, in the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, China Bohannon longs to move up from office girl, dogsbody and book keeper to be an investigator in her uncle’s detective agency. She also has crush on her uncle’s partner, Grafton Doyle.

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Longmire: TV Review & Book Giveaway

IN THE July 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andJesus Ibarra,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Jesus Ibarra


Longmire follows Sheriff Walter Longmire (Robert Taylor) as he navigates cases in his county in Wyoming. Supported by his de
puties, bar owning best friend, and his daughter, he sometimes gets involved with some weirder crimes in his small community.

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Rango: Movie Review

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

FROM THE Books & Tales,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham




The animated movie Rango is definitely not just for kids—it is an enjoyable movie for any age. Johnny Depp does the voice for the main character, a chameleon named Rango who by accident ends up in the desert town of Dirt, a relic of the Wild West. Seeing this as his chance to have the exciting life he’d always imagined, he reinvents himself as a tough hero and quickly becomes their sheriff.

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True Grit: Movie Review

IN THE December 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2010 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMovies,
andTeens
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


First off, I have to say I’m not generally a fan of Westerns, but True Grit has so much more to it than just it’s setting of the old West. As a child, I grew up on Westerns as my dad was a big fan and I vaguely remember watching the original with John Wayne playing Rooster Cogburn.

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