It really took me awhile to pick a book this time – I thought maybe I’d gone into a slump but finally … half-heartedly maybe …. I picked up a good old crime novel which had been tempting me a bit. I need some kind of leisurely reading
I don’t keep a TBR pile – I buy as I go looking at my wish lists, reading group schedules, new releases, and so on for my options when I need a new book. I’m always on the lookout for possibilities and stick likely candidates on one of my wish list or I download a sample. But I don’t bother with the wish list part for Audible’s bona fide sale books – I just get them and try to have a little stash for slow times – Only 1 lonely book waiting for me at the moment. (Oh! But there is an Audible sale going on … )
by C. J. Box
2018 / 398 pages
read by David Chandler – 11h 14m
rating: B+ / crime series
(#18 in the Joe Picket series)
Back to the book at hand – (or at ear as the case may be). This is the 18th book in the Joe Picket series –
Picket is a game warden in Wyoming and in that capacity he comes across a variety of murders and other crimes.
This time it seems a prominent British woman has disappeared on her way home from an exclusive guest ranch in Wyoming. She’s single, rich, fairly famous, very nice looking and she apparently had a completely wonderful time at the ranch, so . – what could have happened to her to disappear? And she’s been missing for two months now. The British media gets wind of a juicy story and that gets to the ears of of Wyoming’s new governor who he calls in Joe Pickett demanding it get resolved pronto.
Meanwhile, Joe’s buddy Nate has a friend, a fellow falconer, who, for some inexplicable reason, is unable to get the specialty permit he needs for his hobby/business. This doesn’t seem like an urgent matter, so Joe kind of puts it on a back burner – until the two cases seem to be oddly related.
It’s an okay book – it heats up slowly. I’ve not read anything by Box prior and I don’t know why I picked this up except I think I thought it was by CB McKenzie whose novel Bad Country is about desert living and has a similar cover. That was a fairly good listen.
One thing about some of these series books is the settings are very important – there are series set in Wyoming, Arizona, upstate Minnesota, Montana and other kind of wilder or more natural places. That’s done well enough here – not outstanding but it’s feels like Wyoming what with falconry and ranches and all. . Another important thing about crime series is the personality of the lead detective(s) and the ongoing relationships he has with other characters. I can’t say about Joe Pickett because this is the first one I’ve read.
I might have a few others similar to this on my Audible wish list – Minnesota I know is there. lol