If you’re a fan of mysteries, westerns, books set in rural surroundings, drily humorous dialogue, or characters from modern Native American life I’ve got a book that checks all those boxes. The Longmire series by Craig Johnson now has a 12th addition with Dry Bones. The main character of the series, Sheriff Walt Longmire, has quite the mystery on his hands. The most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton to date has been found on ranch ground in rural Absaroka County, Wyoming. It’s a windfall for the local Museum and attracts great attention until the owner of the ground on which the skeleton was discovered turns up dead. Who would want to kill Danny Lone Elk? Danny’s family, his tribe, and the local government all step forward to claim the skeleton and the FBI comes in to help solve the mystery. What should have been a local celebration turns into a national political parade, and Sheriff Longmire wants things cleared up quickly. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s grown daughter visits from the east coast, but not for long. A family tragedy back home calls Sheriff Longmire’s daughter away to a mystery of her own. If you’d like to start the series from the beginning, the library has chosen to shelve these books in the western section, although mystery lovers will be sure to find something to like in this series too.
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