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October 7 2016

Longmire 5.10, Season Finale: “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of” Episode Review

Is that it? After a knock-‘em-down brawl between Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Walt (Robert Taylor) at the Red Pony, Henry won't press charges if Walt will drop the Hector business....
October 6 2016

Longmire 5.09: “Continual Soiree” Episode Review

Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) has changed the locks on the Red Pony and informs Malachi’s inquisitive lieutenant, Darius Burns (J.D. Havenstar), that “... nothing that happens in this...
October 5 2016

Longmire 5.08: “Stand Your Ground” Episode Review

I’m fairly certain we all knew Cady Longmire (Cassidy Freeman) would be safe after her close quarters duel with J.P. Wright. She acted in self-defense, protecting herself and J.P.’s...
October 4 2016

Longmire 5.07: “From This Day Forward” Episode Review

Touching and amusing scenes open and close this episode, beginning with Walt (Robert Taylor) and Donna (Ally Walker) getting it on, teenage style in his bronco, to the strains of Bad Company’s...
October 3 2016

Longmire 5.06: “Objection” Episode Review

A sign of a show’s maturation is the opportunity for supporting characters to step out from the shadows of the leads and bask in the limelight for a time. Entering its 5th season, Longmire’s...
September 30 2016

Longmire 5.05: “Pure Peckinpah” Episode Review

Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) finds Joey Takoda (Alex Livinalli) parked outside The Red Pony, dead of what’s supposed to look like an apparent heroin overdose. Longmire (Robert...
September 29 2016

Longmire 5.04: “The Judas Wolf” Episode Review

Mayor Sawyer Crane (Eric Ladin) is accompanying Dan Keslow, CEO of a pharmaceutical company, on a hunting trip with the dual purpose of sweet-talking the businessman into moving his company to...
September 28 2016

Longmire 5.03: “Chrysalis” Episode Review

Longmire selects some of the best music to punctuate scenes that require no dialogue. Kaleo's mournful “I Can't Go On Without You” plays as Walt (Robert Taylor) gives Dr. Donna...
September 27 2016

Longmire 5.02: “One Good Memory” Episode Review

If the Season 5 premiere of Longmire was a bit slow on the windup, then “One Good Memory” delivers a fastball that wraps up the mystery of the missing Dr. Donna Monaghan (Ally Walker).  It...
September 26 2016

Longmire 5.01: “A Fog That Won’t Lift” Episode Review

Season 5 opens in an outpouring of emotion with Cady Longmire (Cassidy Freeman) imploring, “Please don’t leave me, Dad!” Her father, Sheriff Walter Longmire (Robert Taylor), is...
September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the...
December 21 2015

Top 5 Christmas Mysteries

As traditional as counting down the shopping days to Christmas or making plans to visit out of town family is the appearance of Christmas and holiday mysteries. When did the tradition start? Why...
October 1 2015

Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers Choice Awards, which we have below. Congrats to everyone nominated, and make sure you vote for your...
September 25 2015

Longmire 4.10: Season Finale “What Happens on the Rez...”

Time has run out for Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips). With Gab (Julia Jones) temporarily safe with the Medicine Woman (Tantoo Cardinal), the Crow elder sends Henry packing straightaway to clean up....
September 24 2015

Longmire 4.09: “Shotgun”

“You build my gallows high,” Robert Mitchum famously said in the noir classic Out of the Past. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) can certainly identify and maybe, just maybe, think Bob...
September 23 2015

Longmire 4.08: “Hector Lives”

Up to this point Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) has been more or less harmlessly inserting himself into the lives of residents on the Reservation who have asked for Hector’s help,...
September 22 2015

Longmire 4.07: “Highway Robbery”

Travis Murphy (Derek Phillips), former stooge of Branch Connolly, and recent pathetic soul attempting to convince Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) that he would make a good sheriff’s deputy,...
September 21 2015

Longmire 4.06: “The Calling Back”

First day on the job and Zachary’s (Barry Sloane) first case is from the eyewitness accounts of two “If you see something, shoot something” hunters who had seen a partially clothed,...
September 18 2015

Longmire 4.05: “Help Wanted”

I had guessed it right when the camera lingered on Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) reading John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men in the previous episode that the book would make a reappearance....
September 17 2015

Longmire 4.04: “Four Arrows”

After a voluntary leave of absence, Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) returns to work, and within an hour he’s back in the saddle with another murder case to solve. He finds a woman’s corpse...
September 16 2015

Longmire 4.03: “High Noon”

High Noon indeed. This episode started slow, but made it to a big-bang finish, with no one willing to believe in our hero anywhere along the way. Looking suspicious through most of the episode, Longmire...
September 14 2015

Longmire 4.01: Season Premiere “Down by the River”

This Longmire fan has been long-suffering while waiting for the return of Walt Longmire and his Wyoming posse, and “Down by the River” was a helluva great way to start the show’s...
November 20 2014

Fans Walk Tall: Longmire Rides Again on Netflix!

There were rumors last week that a deal was in the works, and today, it's official! Season 4 of Longmire will air on Netflix in 2015, with production beginning as soon as March. In the three-or-so...
August 14 2014

First in Series: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson is the first modern western in the Walt Longmire series about a Wyoming sheriff. Registered commenters below will be entered for a chance to win an advanced reader's...
July 29 2014

Longmire Days in Pictures: Boy Howdy, Do They Love Walt in Wyoming!

For the third straight summer, Buffalo, Wyoming magically transformed (with the help of one hard-working Chamber of Commerce and an incredible team of volunteers) into Durant, the Absaroka County...
July 15 2014

Longmire 3.07: “Population 25” Calls for Help

Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her husband Sean (Michael Mosley) on a get-away of hopeful rest and relaxation have anything but and before you can yell, “Watch out...
October 15 2013

Now Win This!: October Reads Bundle

We know you love bundles, fresh meat, and excerpts, so here's a selection that includes new reads, including a bunch of brand new titles we featured this week! This Sweepstakes has ended. Click...
August 27 2013

Now Win This!: The Longmire Series by Craig Johnson

Goodbye, TV Walt, and hello Book Walt! While you wait to find out if Longmire's Season 3 has been greenlit (we vote Yep—see our coverage of the TV series episodes here), we're giving...
June 2 2013

Fresh Meat: A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson

A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson is the ninth Walt Longmire western mystery (available June 4, 2013). It’s hard to review a book nine books into a beloved series, especially when you...
May 28 2013

Longmire Episode 2.1: “Unquiet Mind”

The season 2 premiere of Longmire was both familiar and exciting, as we reunited with our favorite sheriff and deputies for an episode of high drama. Walt and a very bored Vic are transferring...