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Wolves howl as a riderless horse returns at sunset to the Culpepper Dude Ranch in the Madison Valley. The missing woman, Nanika Martinelli, is better known as the Fly Fishing Venus, a red-haired river guide who lures clients the way dry flies draw trout. As Sheriff Martha Ettinger follows hoof tracks in the snow, she finds one of the men who has fallen under the temptress' spell impaled on the antler tine of a giant bull elk, a kill that' s been claimed by a wolf pack. An accident? If not, is the killer human or animal? With painter, fly fisherman, and sometimes private detective Sean Stranahan's help, Ettinger will follow clues that point to an animal rights group called the Clan of the Three-Clawed Wolf and to their svengali master, whose eyes blaze with pagan fire.

©2014 Keith McCafferty (P)2014 Recorded Books

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An Unbelievable Story

I enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to this third installment--a mystery focused on wolves in wild Montana. To me, the story was completely over the top, extremely predictable and completely unbelievable. In the end I really regret spending the credit and wasting my time.

The narration sounded wooden and bored until the last three hours when Holmes finally seemed to perk up and take an interest in the book he was reading. The whole experience was just a total disappointment. It's a shame because I really liked the recurring characters and the setting up until this book. Can't recommend.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Finally!

Like most of my favorite authors, I stumbled upon Keith McCafferty. A gold nugget amongst a lot of gravel, his Sean Stranahan series has been mesmerizing so far. Three down in four days- what does that say about his writing, and characters? Plus, Rick Holmes does a superb job of narrating such a diverse cast of characters. These are the narration gigs that make you wonder how on earth the job can be done so flawlessly. I'm hooked, pun entirely intended & believe most anyone who gives the first book a read will be, too. As for my subject line, you'll have to read or listen to understand. Tight lines!

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Great Storyline & Narration

The third in the Sean Stranahan series continues to develop characters and their relationships to one another. There is just enough tension among characters that it's hard to know how relationships will ultimately fall, and that is just one part of why the book is so good.
A great read for those interested in mysteries and who fancy a few twists and turns throughout a story.

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Still enjoying

I'm still enjoying this series. Keith McCafferty has a way of writing to make you feel as though you are actually there and watching the story as it unfolds. Rick Holmes gives all the characters a distinct voice and brings the story to life.

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Can't wait for another one!

I am never disappointed. He can not write these fast enough for me. We need more!

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I do not fish but

This series just gets better and better. Great story, beautiful descriptions -you can even picture yourself standing in these rivers. On to #4! It is additive!

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Another good story in the great outdoors.

We get to know the main characters a little better in this book. Recommend it.

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  • Frances
  • Richmond, CA, United States
  • 10-14-16

Storytelling at its best

Enjoyed the well thought thru story, excellently presented; a slice of life, people and place new to me. And love "Straney". More, please. Thank you.

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Boring reader.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrarator. He was very bland and did not "act" his characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Fancy?

The sheriff's interview with the fishing guide.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rick Holmes?

The reader who does C. j.Box books, or reader of the Longmire series, or the Cork O'Conner books.

Do you think Dead Man's Fancy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not sure yet.

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Good Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is spell binding-good mystery.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it kept me interested. Always wanted to know more.

Have you listened to any of Rick Holmes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Finally when Martha and Stranahan quit dancing around each other.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful