An award-winning editor for Field & Stream magazine, Keith McCafferty presents his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders. A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and ex-PI Sean Stranahan. After teaming up to investigate, Martha and Sean soon uncover evidence that the murder has ties to one of the state’s biggest industries: fly fishing.
©2012 Keith McCafferty (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
Up front I need to say that I fly fish for trout with a bamboo rod on smaller streams in the northeastern part of America. Oh yes--and I am a woman and I tie my own flies. My favorite aspects of fly fishing involve walking and reading the stream, wading out into the rushing water and really just being part of the complex wild ecosystem that fishing requires.
I really enjoy complex and well thought out mysteries set in distinct locations. Often it is difficult for me to read a mystery about a subject I know well because many times writers take on themes they don't really know inside out. This can ruin a story. Thankfully this is not this case with this book. McCafferty, the survival and outdoor skills editor for Field and Stream magazine, knows his subject well.
This is the first book in a mystery series set in Montana and I thought it was good. Some reviewers found that the book focused too much on "the fishing". I disagree--in fact I would have enjoyed a bit more detail on that subject. I mean, the plot and story are really about fly fishing in Montana. So, I don't understand how there can be too much fishing??
McCafferty's writing captures the beauty and wildness of nature and Montana. The story was engaging and the characters were unusual and interesting. I thought there was a good balance between the mystery, the background information and the atmosphere and sense of place the author established.
At times, I thought the narrator became monotone and sounded bored by the reading. But, for the most part Holmes did a good job reading the book.
Recommended if you like mysteries with quirky characters, some rough talk, a few gruesome scenes, a bit of violence and lots of the great outdoors. Oh, and yes, there is the fishing too.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
This book is a sleeper of a "detective" novel. Sean Stranahan is a former private investigator and tries to resist getting pulled back into it. Fly fishing is clearly Keith McCafferty's love and his story evokes a ton of fishing imagery. The mystery evolves slowly as though the reader is fishing for it. McCafferty's best characters are those with the small parts. Pay attention to the English inn owner - he has some interesting things to say. I am afraid that the women characters, who figure strongly in the story are the weak point, especially Velvet Lafayette. She is a completely unbelievable character.
Anyway, having read another Stranahan book before this, the first book in the series, I'd say McCafferty started well and didn't lose much enthusiasm over time. Highly recommend.
Listened to the fourth book and enjoyed it so much had to start at the beginning. If you like Longmire or Joe Pickett you'll like this. Good character, tough talking female , and politically incorrect friend. The best part is the narrator. So good you don't notice him. His voices are done well and are not irritating.
Both the author and reader combine to produce a down home environment that in turn makes you glad you spent your credit here.
In this story you will meet a young man that has lost his way, and left Boston went to Montana as a PI, artist, and fishing guide, and doesn't make enough money to live like a normal person.
He gets involved in a murder investigation with romantic opportunities, near deat moments and some sleuth moments...worth the credit...I am now off to. Book 2
Good easy read.
The almost near drowning of Stranahan by the murderer.
Not really-the book is an enjoyable, easy read, mystery.
If there is a negative the character which is the actual murderer is not introduced in the book until you are halfway into the book. I personally like for all the characters to be introduced up front. Let the games begin!
Perhaps a cut above average story and a good, sound performance. I'm not a fisherman, but the fly fishing details and threat to trout were interesting; nonetheless, I wouldn't welcome a steady diet of that much detail. I found the several physical injuries to the protagonist a bit overdone.
The who-done-it aspect was most interesting. The on-again-off-again romance episodes would hardly capture one's attention very effectively. If I had been reading, rather than listening, I would probably have skipped much of that.
Hard to say what character was performed best. Rick Holmes was so practiced and adroit he became invisible as the reader. All one hears is the characters, and the performance becomes transparent, as it should with a really professional job.
Well, . . . I'm not going to take up fly fishing for trout, if that's what you're asking; however, I am going to check on the author's latest book.
The narration was good, the fly fishing references were good, the character development and strory - not so good.They weren't terrible so I'll give the "story" 3 stars. I won't be buying the authors other books.
I don't mind about the fishing. The writer seems to know a lot about fly fishing, and that part is at least marginally interesting, even for a person with little affinity for the subject.
What got me is the approach to characters. Each one goes on and on about his/her background. Listening to this story is like being trapped on a bus by a bore. He/she is hell-bent on telling you everything he/she ever experienced - the life story. Please. I'm still breathing here, and wanted this writer to get on with the story before boredom made me stop. Barely made it to the end.
Narrator deserves better.
enjoyed the passion of the writer his love of fishing and out doors and all things western. Hay,come on. You count all the stream fisherman in America and you have nothing more them a few high school, big city graduation classes. what about the rest of his reader's!
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