The Gray Ghost Murders (Sean Stranahan Series #2)

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“Truly wonderful. . . . A mystery that unfolds with grace and humor against a setting of stunning beauty and danger.” —Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon Mysteries

Award-winning Field & Stream writer Keith McCafferty caused a splash amongst mystery lovers and fly-fishermen alike with his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders. Now McCafferty is back—and so is fly-fisherman, painter, and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan. When a search ...

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Overview


“Truly wonderful. . . . A mystery that unfolds with grace and humor against a setting of stunning beauty and danger.” —Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon Mysteries

Award-winning Field & Stream writer Keith McCafferty caused a splash amongst mystery lovers and fly-fishermen alike with his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders. Now McCafferty is back—and so is fly-fisherman, painter, and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan. When a search dog discovers the bear-ravaged remains of two elderly men on Sphinx Mountain, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects murder. Meanwhile, Stranahan has been hired by the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, a group of eccentric fishermen, to find a valuable Gray Ghost fly stolen from their clubhouse. Could the theft be connected to the gray ghosts who haunt Sphinx Mountain? To find out, Stranahan will cross arms with some of the most powerful people in Madison Valley, in a novel that is sure to capture new fans for one of the mystery genre’s rising stars.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even amid the serene trout streams of Montana, Sean Stranahan can’t seem to stay out of trouble—and there’s a heap of it in this bracing second adventure for the fly fisher/painter/PI (after 2012’s The Royal Wulff Murders). When the skeletal remains of two people surface in as many days on Sphinx Mountain, shorthanded Sheriff Martha Ettinger asks for Sean’s help investigating. Another case Sean’s already pursuing, concerning a pair of extremely valuable stolen fishing flies, provides the perfect cover for snooping—and he soon uncovers disturbing suggestions that someone could be hunting human quarry. Field & Stream editor McCafferty skillfully weaves Big Sky color, humor, and even romance (in the form of Sean’s stunning new girlfriend, Martinique, who’s bankrolling veterinary school by working as a bikini barista) into the suspenseful plot as it gallops toward a white-knuckle—if confusing—climax. The book’s biggest lure, however, remains Sean and his rugged band of Montana individualists. Agent: Dominick Abel. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
A second spate of high-country homicides for Hyalite County sheriff Martha Ettinger and Sean Stranahan, the former Boston PI who solves murders when he isn't painting or fishing. Think big-city CSI teams have it tough? Their examinations of crime scenes are hardly ever interrupted by a grizzly bear like the one that sends Deputy Harold Little Feather to the hospital. The episode puts a serious crimp in Martha's appetite for pawing around Sphinx Mountain, where dog handler Katie Sparrow's German shepherd Lothar had led her to the decomposed remains of two unknown men. So Katie and Sean climb back alone to the scene of the crime and find a whopping big steel-jacketed bullet. The discovery means nothing to Sean, whom the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club has hired in an amusingly roundabout way to recover a pair of hand-tied fishing flies most fishing clubs couldn't afford. But when Montana congressman Weldon Crawford Jr., who sold the club its land, casually mentions his fondness for big guns in the course of a visit Sean's paid ostensibly to ask if he's had any break-ins lately, Sean can't help wondering if the two cases are connected. Despite the rising body count, there'll be time for some expert and revealing forensics, Sean's romance with a sweet barista, and a novel and lethal twist on Richard Connell's classic story "The Most Dangerous Game." The same regulars and the same great scenery as Martha and Sean's debut (The Royal Wulff Murders, 2012). Though the felonious details this time are muddled and often hard to swallow, the central concept behind the complicated pair of cases is irresistible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124382
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Sean Stranahan Series , #2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 153,966
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Keith McCafferty is the longtime survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream magazine and an award-winning journalist. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Just as good as the first, being from New England the Carrie Ste

    Just as good as the first, being from New England the Carrie Stevens fly pattern really hit home! Just started reading book 3 and already can't wait for book 4!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Good Fishing Mystery

    Great story. Good first book. Looking forward to next in series.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    Two bodies have been found on Sphinx Mountain, and Sheriff Marth

    Two bodies have been found on Sphinx Mountain, and Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects murder, but she needs more details and some evidence wouldn’t hurt. She again needs the help of private investigator Sean Stranahan. He has already been nosing around the area on another case. He’s been hired by The Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, a group of fly-fishermen, who have reported some very valuable flies stolen. Could the disappearance of a vintage Gray Ghost fly from a riverside cabin in the Madison Valley be connected to the gray ghosts who haunt Sphinx Mountain? Sean is determined to find out even if it means questioning a Congressman and putting himself in the line of fire.





    I love the way Keith McCafferty writes. Last year I reviewed The Royal Wulff Murders, his descriptive style and melodic flow drew me right into the story. He continues right where he left off in this sequel.




    “For the wonder of a trout had nothing to do with its spots or the sheen of its flanks, but its ability to pull the angler back through time until he was no longer what the world had made of him, but who he was when the world was new.”




    He also crafted a wonderful mystery with full rich characters that jump right off the page. From the young boy to the men nearing the end of their lives, their individual stories shine but still blend together in a story that is about so much more than fly fishing. The strong women in this story are also so well written.




    In addition to the beautiful Big Sky Country pictures McCafferty draws with his words there is suspense, chills, and surprises peppered with a bit of humor and even a little romance. You don’t need to know a thing about fly fishing to enjoy this mystery although if you do, you will love this book. I liked this one even more than the last one and the only fish I catch comes from the grocery store. 




    I sure hope the author has the third installment in this series in the works. I wish I could start reading it today!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Loved it

    Probay better than the first macafferty novel. Maybe the story os a bit more contrived. But the characters are great so is the pace and the humor.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    This book was filled with a storyline that was well thought out

    This book was filled with a storyline that was well thought out and written in a way that it could have been a true story. I loved the characters, they were extremely well developed. The story was full of illness, mystery, fly making for fishing and murder. It told a story about people who were ill and the ones who took advantage of them. If you are looking for a good read this is it.
    Thanks Net Galley and Penguin Group.

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    Posted June 1, 2014

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