Murder in the Afternoon Book Club to Discuss: ANOTHER MAN’S MOCCASINS by Craig Johnson

The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club meets to discuss Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson on Monday, August 21st, at 1 PM on BookPeople’s third floor. You can find copies of Another Man’s Moccasins on our shelves or via bookpeople.com. 

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9780143115526On August 21st, we continue our annual tradition of reading the next novel in Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series. Another Man’s Moccasins is the fourth book in the series and my personal favorite. Unlike previous volumes in the series, Another Man’s Moccasins takes a deeper look into aspects of the Wyoming sheriff’s past that still haunt him.

The book is actually two mysteries, linked by a mysterious woman from Walt’s past. Walt and his deputies get a call alerting them to a body dump – a Vietnamese woman has been found murdered. On her person, they find a photo of Walt’s younger self playing piano in a Saigon bar. To solve his latest murder, Walt must look back to his first murder case as a CID officer.

With its explorations of Walt’s experiences in Vietnam and the past’s relationship with the present, Another Man’s Moccasins gives us much to discuss. We’ll be meeting on BookPeople’s third floor, Monday, August 21st, at 1PM. The books are 10% off to those who attend.

Letters to Santa: Hugo Marston & Walt Longmire

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This year the MysteryPeople staff decided to have some fun with letters to Santa from some of our favorite crime fiction characters. We decided to wind up the blog series with letters from two authors – Craig Johnson, creator of Sheriff Walt Longmire, and Mark Pryor, who gave us US Embassy Director Of Security Hugo Marston. Each sent along a list of the perfect gifts for their heroes. 

Hugo Marston, Director of Security for the US Embassy in Paris, would like to receive this holiday season:

  • A signed, first edition, Sherlock Holmes book.
  • A new pair of Tomy Lama boots.
  • A two-week vacation. For (from?!) Tom.
  • A bottle of Chateau Pichon Lalande, to share with Claudia. Maybe a case, they’re in it for the long haul.
  • A coffee maker that requires no coffee making ability whatsoever.
  • A subscription to The Economist. (To be shared with Emma, his secretary.)
  • News that the new President-elect will be retaining the services of Hugo’s boss, Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor.

You can find Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. 

Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn’t have many needs, but he would appreciate the following items:

  • Rainier Beer Jubilee Half-Quart cans
  • Plutarch’s Lives, eight volume leather-bound set, J&R Tonson &S. Draper, London 1749
  • 20 Rounds 230 grain JHP .45 ACP ammo
  • A gift certificate for “The Usual”, Busy Bee Café
  • And, Ham, any variety (for Dog)

You can find Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. 

If you like Longmire…

We are getting ready for our favorite sheriff to come to town. Craig Johnson will be here at BookPeople on Tuesday, September 13th at 7 PM to sign and discuss An Obvious Fact, his latest novel to feature Sheriff Walt Longmire, our Pick Of the Month for September. Craig’s visit just so happens to coincide with the book’s release date, so be one of the first to get a copy and one of the first to get it signed! You can find more information about the event and pre-order signed, personalized copies here. If you can’t get enough Longmire, and you’d like to hang out with similar lawmen, we though of these fine gentlemen.


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This Montana cattle inspector (or “cow ass inspector” as he refers to his profession) is not only a good investigator, but a champion fiddle player as well. His Métis French-Indian background gives him a unique perspective on Montana culture.

First appearance: Bitter Creek by Peter Bowen


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An FBI agent sent back to the place he couldn’t wait to leave, South Dakota’s Lakota Reservation. Along with murder, he has to deal with his old high school rival, now the tribal police chief; his brother, a native rights activist and sometimes suspect; and his old flame. A very human and often humorous look at life on the rez.

First appearance: Death Along the Spirit Road by C. M. Wendelboe


9780393350784Officer Henry Farrell (creator Tom Bouman)

Another fiddle playing lawman, this time in rural Pennsylvania. His jurisdiction and authority can sometimes be questionable, but the violence brought into his town by the meth trade isn’t. Picture a younger Walt Longmire dropped into Daniel Woodrell’s world.

Only appearance (so far): Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

500,000 Bikers and one Sheriff: MysteryPeople Q&A with Craig Johnson

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Our Pick Of The Month is Crag Johnson’s latest, An Obvious Fact, one of the best to date in his sheriff Walt Longmire series. The Wyoming sheriff, his Cheyenne buddy, and his foul mouthed deputy (and sometimes love interest) from Philly have to solve a mystery during The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in a small town with connections to a woman from Henry’s past.

Craig will be with us on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 PM, the same day as the book’s release, so come by BookPeople for a chance to be one of the first to get a signed copy! To get everyone excited for Craig’s visit, we got in a few questions in early to one of our favorite authors.

MysteryPeople Scott: I saw this book as your acoustic set, stripping the series down to its three main characters and solving the mystery with little of the drama that has been building in the series. Was this an intentional shift?

Craig Johnson: Well, I try and do something different with each book and I think the stripping down was a result of that, but the drama in the characters lives is always going to be subjugated by the action and pace of the plot. Strangely enough, this may be the funniest and best- paced novel I’ve written–I wish I knew why.

MPS: There is a lot of focus on Walt and Henry’s friendship. What do they provide each other, aside from back up?

CJ: It’s the backbone of the series ever since The Cold Dish when I had to have two individuals who represented their different cultures. I think the bond and most important the easy banter between the two characters is what I enjoy the most. This was a departure in the sense that we learn a little more about Henry’s personal past and that provides a few conflicts between the two men, but even with all the hurdles they face, there’s a camaraderie and a true friendship that never fails.

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MysteryPeople Pick of the Month: AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson comes to BookPeople to speak and sign his new Longmire mystery, An Obvious Fact, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 PMAn Obvious Fact comes out the same day as the event, so come on by for a chance to be one of the first to get the book signed. Click here to pre-order a copy! Can’t make it to the event? We’ll get it signed for you – just let us know!

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9780525426943At times we can take a fine series for granted to the point of detriment. We continue to read the adventures of our favorite character with great enjoyment, but less appreciation. However, when the series is written by an author who knows what he or she is doing, we get a title that reminds us why we got hooked on our hero in the first place. Such is the case with An Obvious Fact, the twelfth book featuring Craig Johnson’s Sheriff Walt Longmire.

The book is the literary version of an acoustic set, stripping the series down to his three essential characters. Walt and and his Cheyenne buddy Henry Standing Bear go up to Hullett, a town near Devil’s Tower hosting a motorcycle climb, in which Henry is participating. The climb has been organized as part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, bringing 50,000 bikers to a town of 400. The book captures the feeling of purgatory these towns assume to non-bikers during the rally. The two are asked to help out an investigation of a young biker gang member who may have been run off the road and put into a coma. Before long, we learn that he is the son of Lola, an old flame Henry named his famous Thunderbird after. With help from Walt’s under-sheriff, Victoria “Vic” Moretti, they find themselves in a mystery involving motorcycle gangs, illegal weapons, and star crossed lovers.

Taking Walt, Henry, and Vic outside Absoroka County and dropping them in the middle of another jurisdiction breathes fresh life into these characters. They are able to get away from the events that have been building up around them since the novel Serpent’s Tooth and focus on the crime at hand, with little interference of trouble in the past and future. The mystery reveals much about Henry and, in turn, his friendship with Walt. There is a great passage between the two as they argue why each takes crazy risks. The focus on the here and now allows Johnson a faster face and more of his trademark humor than in the previous couple of novels.

There is also time for Johnson to reflect on the mystery genre itself. The title comes from the Sherlock Holmes story “The Speckled Band”: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” We get to hear several quotes from Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth, since Henry has brought along Les Klinger’s annotated collection, needling Walt at who the better detective is. There is an insightful monologue Walt has where he explains to Vic what kind of detective he is compared to Sherlock. Johnson uses the device of the Sherlock Holmes books to be self aware and entertaining in a way that does not take you out of the story.

By giving Walt, Henry, and Vic a mini-vacation, An Obvious Fact, does the same for readers of the series. I can can tell that Craig Johnson is building the next few books into an epic tale of moral dilemmas, putting our sheriff up against a foe like no other. I’m looking forward to that, yet I was happy he could find time for Walt to simply relax with his friend, lover, some bikers, a bunch of guns, and a few bodies.

An Obvious Fact comes out Tuesday, September 13th, just in time for Craig’s visit to BookPeople. Pre-order now!

Craig Johnson Calls in to the Murder in the Afternoon Book Club

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Our next Murder In The Afternoon book club, meeting this Monday at 1 PM on BookPeople’s 3rd floor, will have noted author Craig Johnson calling in to our discussion. We are reading the third book in his Walt Longmire series, Kindness Goes Unpunished. In the novel, Craig takes the Sheriff out of his Wyoming surroundings and drops him in the big city.

Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear drive to Philadelphia, partly to visit Walt’s daughter Cady. They find her hospitalized by her abusive fiancé. The morning after Walt threatens the man, he gets a visit from the police, letting Walt know the man was hung from the Ben Franklin bridge. To get off the suspect list, Walt must solve a mystery involving corruption, a white Indian, and a horse chase through Philly.

This is a rare chance to talk about all aspects of a book with an author, including the ending. Craig is an incredibly entertaining conversationalist, so it’s worth your time and trouble. Join us this upcoming Monday, August 15th, at 1 PM, on the third floor. The book is 10% off to those who attend.

You can find copies of Kindness Goes Unpunished on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Craig Johnson joins us to speak and sign his latest Longmire on Tuesday, September 13th. The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club meets the third Monday of each month at 1 PM on BookPeople’s third floor. For updates on all things Murder-In-The-Afternoon, join our new Facebook Page!

Three Picks for May

9780735220898The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

This novella featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire is as much ghost story as mystery. Walt and buddy Henry Standing Bear help out a Highway Patrolman who is receiving “officer needs assistance” calls from a trooper who died over thirty years ago. Johnson takes a unique riff on his entertaining series. The Highwayman comes out May 17th. Pre-order now!

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Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn by Ace Atkins

Boston private eye Spenser is back and up against an uncommon enemy. Looking into the fire of a church, he closes on a group of arsonists with a mysterious agenda. Once again, Atkins delivers everything you expect from Robert B Parker’s hero. You can find copies of Slow Burn on our shelves and  via bookpeople.com

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St. Ernan’s Blues by Paul Charles

Irish Inspector Starrett and his colleagues must solve a murder with the most unusual suspects, priests in an Abbey where they have all been moved to for causing problems with The Church. A fun take on the classic whodunnit. You can meet Paul Charles with the authors who make up Miles Arceneux on May 11th. You can find copies of St. Ernan’s Blues on our shelves and via bookpeople.comFind out more about this event