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NY Times Bestseller Craig Johnson Releases Christmas Mystery Collection

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt 

On December 4, 2012 Penguin released New York Times Bestselling mystery author Craig Johnson’s new e-collection: CHRISTMAS IN ABSAROKA COUNTY.

Giving readers a glimpse at the softer side of Johnson’s character Walt Longmire, the longtime sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, as he grapples with the death of his wife Martha and his sometimes turbulent, but ever-loving relationship with his daughter Cady, the e-collection offers four stories: Ministerial Aid, Slick-Tongued Devil, Toys for Tots, and Unbalanced.

In these stories, Walt is at his best and worst as he helps a possibly delusional elderly victim of domestic abuse while sporting a bath robe and a mean hangover on New Year’s Day. He’s sidelined by grief when his wife’s obituary appears in the paper and there’s an unexpected knock on his door, two-days before Christmas. He strives to help even those who don’t want it when he picks up a young female hitchhiker and he’s forced into some last-minute Christmas shopping by the Greatest Legal Mind of Our Times, during which he might just end up saving a young Marine chaplain’s Christmas.

Full of Longmire’s dry wit and good heart, Christmas in Absaroka County is a holiday must-have for every Craig Johnson fan. Accompanying the release is a boxed set trade paperback collection of Johnson’s first four Longmire mysteries: The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished and Another Man’s Moccasins.

The A&E TV series, Longmire, based on Johnson’s books returns for a second season in Summer 2013, starring Robert Taylor (Matrix, Vertical Limit) as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) as Henry Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24) as Vic Moretti.

To find out more about Craig Johnson, his books, and Christmas in Absaroka County, visit: and

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignalAdventures In SF PublishingGrasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at Connect With Bryan On Google+

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