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The Royal Wulff Murders Audiobook

The Royal Wulff Murders

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sara 07-25-16
    Sara 07-25-16

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    "Murder, Montana & Fly Fishing"

    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.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 11-14-16
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "I like this series set in Montana"

    This is first book of a Montana-based mystery series led by Sheriff Martha Ettinger and "private detective" Sean Stranahan. I like all the characters (except for the ridiculous Velvet Lafayette). The setting along the Madison River is written so beautifully, I have looked up the location and hope to get there some day. The story is told mostly from Stranahan's perspective. He is a young, good man with sharp intellect and instincts. There is some art, lots of fishing and some good dialog. I will definitely use a credit to purchase the next book in the series.

    If you enjoy Walt Longmire or Joe Pickett mysteries, this will be a good listen for you.

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    Keith Johnson 08-02-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Found a new series"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 06-24-16
    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2014

    Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.

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    "Fishing For Compliments"

    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.

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    Rob Settle 03-30-13
    Rob Settle 03-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Heavy on fly fishing"
    What did you like best about The Royal Wulff Murders? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Rick Holmes – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did The Royal Wulff Murders inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 05-12-14
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 05-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Easy Read....er listen"
    If you could sum up The Royal Wulff Murders in three words, what would they be?

    Good easy read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Royal Wulff Murders?

    The almost near drowning of Stranahan by the murderer.


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

    No.


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

    Not really-the book is an enjoyable, easy read, mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX USA 09-17-17
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX USA 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring!!"
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    There wasn't really anything interesting going on in this book until Chapt 20 (Audible).The mystery was thin.The sex was mostly gratuitous i.e. adding nothing to the story + the female love interest had an odd & uninteresting personality.Way too much detail about fly fishing.If you like a good mystery with forward movement ...this isn't it!

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    bethhelp 04-03-17
    bethhelp 04-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome story!"

    My husband and I really enjoyed this book, even though I know nothing of fishing, much less fly fishing. With the many twists and turns it held our attention throughout the book. Narrator really made the story come alive. Try it and enjoy it too!

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    Dawn 03-15-17
    Dawn 03-15-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Another excellent beginning"

    Keith McCafferty has written an excellent beginning to a new series. I look forward to the next installment.

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    jack Canton, CT, United States 03-09-17
    jack Canton, CT, United States 03-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Start at first in series"
    What did you love best about The Royal Wulff Murders?

    Accurately described locations, of sceneries where story unfolds.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Informative, interesting, attention holder


    What about Rick Holmes’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to be the correct person to do this job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes kept my interest, made me look for time to get back into it.


    Any additional comments?

    Start with first in the series

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