Craig Johnson "Land of the Blind" is Johnson's yearly Christmas story set in Longmire Country. As usual, the writing makes the story work as well as the familiarity with the characters and the setting. Boy, I could have used another season or two of Longmire. Anyway in this tale, Longmire and his deputy are called to a church on Christmas Eve where a mostly naked guy has taken the church and one parishioner in particular hostage to his drug-induced evangelical paranoia. It is not solved in a particularly novel way (a bit too much foreshadowing) but it is enjoyable because of its good-hardheartedness and sense of fun.
Karen McGee's story, "Dot Rat" seems to be the story of an elderly woman trying to save a child she believes to be abused. Again, what lovely writing here. I could read about this woman's life forever. And in this case, the ending was totally unexpected to me. Perhaps a bit too much. but I didn't mind. Really good stuff.
Interesting here comparing a story that tipped its hand a bit too much and the other, not enough. Some readers are never satisfied. Big storm starting. See you later.