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Book Review – The Cold Dish

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

I just read this book and loved it.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is a beautifully drawn character.   Longmire is a likeable, gruff and a very decent man who is just trying to do his job and hang out with his mate – Henry Standing Bear.  He is also a man just emerging from mourning the death of his long time wife and missing a daughter who works in Philadelphia.

The reader is drawn effortlessly into his world.  The author skillfully immerses the reader in the rhythms and mores of the West, smoothly integrating history and folklore into the evocative landscape of the Big Horn Mountains.  You can sometimes feel the wind and cold and taste the winter in your mouth as you read.  (Or I could just have a good imagination 🙂 )

Longmire’s small town enforcement duties are suddenly interrupted when a murder forces him to revisit an old case that had left a rather sour taste in his mouth. His search to find the murderer is a compelling story that both unravels a mystery and reflects Longmire’s inner struggles as he seeks to regain control of his life and maybe find a little justice along the way for everyone involved.

But, once you hit the middle of the story however, it does slow down and seems to get bogged in the nitty gritty of life in small outback regional centres.  It is probably amusing if you haven’t experienced this for yourself but for those of us that have, this just felt like padding to make a little time pass before the next break (or shot) in the case.  It did make me want to put the book down and wait until I was in a more suitable mood to want to read all the small town nuances.

However, I’m glad I pushed through with the book. Things really started coming together in the last third, but it’s more the land and the history of the place that brings the edge to the story and the writing. There are some really nice touches that echo the Old West and the supernatural without ever stepping over the line and becoming ‘cheesy’.  And there’s enough action and adventure to finish out the rest of the story nicely.

I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Westerns, Mysteries, well developed characters and language that is written well in the American vernacular.


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Howling Vengeance Giveaway

Hello Everyone!

I am having a giveaway on Goodreads, where I am putting two copies of Howling Vengeance up for grabs.

Just click on the link below to enter.  Good luck to everyone who enters 🙂

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Howling Vengeance by H.M. Clarke

Howling Vengeance

by H.M. Clarke

Giveaway ends April 28, 2014.

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Howling Vengeance E-Book

Good morning everyone

It had come to my attention that there were some formatting errors in the Kindle version of Howling Vengeance.

These have now been corrected. (It seems that my Map and its legend had mucked everything up, so I had to take these out.)

I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused readers.


Howling Vengeance is here!

Howling Vengeance is now available for purchase!

Get it now on Amazon.com at the link below



Cover Reveal

Here is the cover for my new Book – Howling Vengeance.  I have set up a page for this under the tab ‘John McCall Mysteries’

Howling Vengeance Front


I have now updated my Works in Progress page with Book blurbs for both projects

Please feel free to have a look and tell me what you think.


What should I do next?

Okay, I now find myself in a bit of a dilemma…

I have been working on two manuscripts and I don’t know which one to devote my time too to polish up for my next book.

One is a Western Supernatural Murder/Mystery called ‘One Hand too Many’ and the other is a Paranormal/Urban fantasy called ‘The Order’ (Brief descriptions are in my WIP page link in the menu above)

Now I know the above is not much to go on, but I would like to hear your opinion on what Manuscript I should work on next.

Should it be the Western or the Urban Fantasy?