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But not big fan of "to be continued" books. Cliffhangers are for shorter form vehicles and the fact that this story is "unfinished" is not a good thing IMHO. I know others are not as put off as me - and I certainly liked this a lot - 4 stars worth. But it could have been 5 stars and the the best Longmire ever if the author had written another 100 pages or so,
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In 1972, Walt Longmire boards the Western Star with a copy of Murder on the Orient Express in hand.
And so, our expectations are set. The Star is a legendary steam train on her last, luxurious trip through Wyoming. As on the Orient Express, there are attendants, white-table-cloth-set dining car, brass fittings and overnight carriages. And, eventually, of course, there is murder.
This is the setup of the new Craig Johnson mystery, and it serves him and his readers well. At first, there seems to be little connection between this flash-back story of Walt's early days as Deputy Sheriff and the present-day plot line wherein he, Vic, Lucius, and Henry are paying widowed daughter Katy a visit to help her move into a new apartment with her baby Lola.
Then the connections begin to fall into place, the action picks up, and we are all speeding toward an explosive conclusion to both parts of the plot. It gives away nothing to note that The Western Star answers some old questions, displays a lot of heart, and includes the mother of all cliffhangers!
And yet Walt never actually reads Murder on the Orient Express!
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