The Royal Wulff Murders (Sean Stranahan Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The first novel in the clever and fast-paced Sean Stranahan Mystery Series, for fans of C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, and Carl Hiassen





Angling is a multibillion dollar business, and no one knows that ...
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Overview

The first novel in the clever and fast-paced Sean Stranahan Mystery Series, for fans of C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, and Carl Hiassen





Angling is a multibillion dollar business, and no one knows that better than Keith McCafferty, the award-winning survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream magazine and resident of Montana, home to the world's most fanatical fly fishing community.


In McCafferty's compelling debut, a young man is found dead with a Royal Wulff trout fly stuck through his lip. Sheriff Martha Ettinger's investigation leads her to cross paths with fly fisher, painter, and has-been private detective Sean Stranahan. As the water temperature rises, the clues point them both toward Montana's big business: fly fishing. Where there's money, there's bound to be crime.


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Editorial Reviews

Patrick F. McManus

"The Royal Wulff Murders hit all my buttons: mystery, flyfishing, Montana, the Madison River, beautiful women, and whole pickup loads of authentic Montana characters, many of them wonderfully quirky. Keith McCafferty is one terrific writer."---Patrick F. McManus, author of The Bear In the Attic and The Huckleberry Murders
Field & Stream

“Sportsmen will find the one-of-a-kind novel captivating, intelligent, and at times uproarious."
Craig Johnson
"Blue Ribbon is what they call a trout stream of extremely high quality and that's what I call Keith McCafferty's The Royal Wulff Murders- the debut of a frighteningly knowledgeable and wonderfully entertaining series."
Mark Kingwell

"The last time I fished the Madison River it was high, fast, and dirty—words that come to mind for parts of McCafferty’s tangy debut mystery. But there are also episodes of angling wonder and Montana beauty, rendered in prose so gorgeous they make this book a truly rare catch, the page-turner that doubles as a poetic meditation. (Now how about taking me out on the river, dude?)"—Mark Kingwell, author of Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life
Nick Lyons
"The dead man whose eye is skewered with a stick and who has a trout fly hooked into his lip sets the tone for this muscular, original first novel. McCafferty is one of the country's most convincing writers on survival and life in the wilderness, and this mystery is an impressive foray into fiction—-taut, often highly amusing, filled with memorable characters like the lady sheriff and the former private eye who paints and fly fishes—-and it's a real page turner."
Henry Winkler
"What fun it is to visit my favorite fishing spots , not in a guide- boat but in a wonderful murder mystery."
ShelfAwareness.com

“Keith McCafferty hits a bull's eye with Sean's story in his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders… like bacon and brownies--Stranahan's odd mix of painter, P.I. and fly fisher works...The mystery is a good fit for enthusiasts of Nevada Barr who have read through all the Anna Pigeon novels. Packed with wilderness action and starring a band of stalwart individualists, The Royal Wulff Murders will have readers begging McCafferty for more.”
C. J. Box

"Keith McCafferty has pulled off a small miracle with The Royal Wulff Murders - a compelling Montana-based novel that will please both mystery readers and discerning fly-fishers. A terrific debut that rings with authenticity and style."---C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Back of  Beyond and Force of Nature
William Kent Krueger

"What a fine and thoroughly satisfying debut novel! There’s so much to enjoy here—a fresh sense of place, a cast of compelling characters, and a plot line with as many twists and turns as a Montana trout stream. Even if you know nothing about fly fishing, you’re going to love this book. Mark my words: From this day forward, you’ll be buying everything Keith McCafferty writes."
Paul Doiron

"Keith McCafferty's The Royal Wulff Murders is the mystery fly anglers have been waiting for. Finally, an author who knows the crucial difference between 2X and 4X tippet! But it's not just the fishing details that make this novel so enjoyable: it's the rich characters, the robust sense of humor, a sadly topical plot, and a writing style that is as gin-clear as a Montana trout stream."
-Craig Johnson

"Blue Ribbon is what they call a trout stream of extremely high quality and that's what I call Keith McCafferty's The Royal Wulff Murders- the debut of a frighteningly knowledgeable and wonderfully entertaining series."
-Nick Lyons

"The dead man whose eye is skewered with a stick and who has a trout fly hooked into his lip sets the tone for this muscular, original first novel. McCafferty is one of the country's most convincing writers on survival and life in the wilderness, and this mystery is an impressive foray into fiction---taut, often highly amusing, filled with memorable characters like the lady sheriff and the former private eye who paints and fly fishes---and it's a real page turner."
-Henry Winkler

"What fun it is to visit my favorite fishing spots , not in a guide- boat but in a wonderful murder mystery."
Kirkus Reviews
Field & Stream editor McCafferty's first novel is a fish story with a homicidal hook. Fresh from a wracking divorce, Sean Stranahan arrives in Bridger, Mont., unsettled and unhappy, a man without much purpose. He has only two serious interests: painting and fly-fishing. True, he once earned a living as a licensed private eye, but he never really took that seriously. Then along comes a southern songbird and natural heartbreaker calling herself Velvet Lafayette, and suddenly a susceptible Stranahan finds himself taking sleuthing very seriously indeed. Fetched out of Montana's trout-laden Madison River is a dead young man who proves to be the songbird's missing brother. A tragic accident? Hardly. Not with that Royal Wulff lure hooked so grotesquely in his mouth. Who put it there and why? That's what Vareda, her real name, hires Stranahan to discover. Since it's an election year, Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes a more than passing interest in these questions as well. But when murder follows murder, it becomes all too clear that someone ruthless is intent on keeping the answers secret. Having begun at cross-purposes, Martha and Sean now find themselves flirting with disaster. But their flirting with each other turns out to be beneficial for the investigation and fun for the reader. An entertaining debut, though less of the fishing stuff probably would have been more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101560341
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Series: Sean Stranahan Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 58,752
  • File size: 701 KB

Meet the Author

Keith McCafferty is the award-winning survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream magazine. He lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    As a fly fisher, and an avid reader, this was a book made in he

    As a fly fisher, and an avid reader, this was a book made in heaven for me! I have fished all of the rivers that Keith speaks of, and was even pleasantly surprised to see my Washington hometown mentioned in print, for the first time I can remember! Not a big deal if you live in L.A. or New York, but it was for me. As a first book for Mr. McCafferty, I was not expecting too much. I was so pleasantly surprised by his writing, and ability to weave the story lines together, with twists and turns I have come to expect from Jeffrey Deaver or James Patterson. Very well done! I greatly enjoyed the character development between the 2 main characters, and the fact that there was enough left for a sequel, should he choose to continue (PLEASE!) He did a great job of immersing me into the Big Sky country, bringing back many memories of weeks spent on famous trout rivers throughout Montana. I think that anyone who likes the mystery genre will enjoy this book, but for anyone who is also a fly fisher (man or woman) I think it is a book that will be at the top of their personal bookshelf, to be read and reread over the years. Thanks for a greatly written, enjoyable book. Well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Royal Wulff Murders, The Keith McCafferty 4 STARS The only comp

    Royal Wulff Murders, The Keith McCafferty
    4 STARS
    The only complaints that I have for this story is swearing and too much about fly fishing for me. The Mystery was well written and kept me guessing who and why for the murder.
    I like the range of characters, Also it left open for possible future stories.
    Rainbow Sam a fishing guide was in a boat with a client fly fishing, when the client finally caught something. A dead body.
    Sean Stranahan is new to Montana. He is now a painter but he was a private detective when he was younger. To get in the cheaper office he had to put on it on the door under artist.
    He had a walk in client that wanted to pay him to fly fish looking for fish that her father had caught than marked so she can find the area her father wrote about and leave his ashes their. Also look for her brother that was fishing to find it also.
    Sean is living in his office so he can save money till he sells some paintings. He just got divorced and moved from Vermont.
    Sheriff Martha Ettinger thinks their is something wrong with the young man who died in the river. No one seemed to know who he was. No wallet or car was found.
    I liked listening to this mystery on my kindle and would love to read more from Keith in the future.
    I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
    02/16/2012 PUB Penguin Group, USA Viking Imprint

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    A Well Crafted Mystery

    The “Holy Grail” of trout rivers in Montana is the Madison River. It is here that a fishing guide reels in quite a catch. A dead body with a Royal Wulff trout fly through his lower lip and a stick in his eye. Obviously an easily explained drowning. Not so fast, Sheriff Martha Ettinger thinks there is more to the story. While questioning other fishermen she meets Sean Stranahan, a former private detective, painter and fly fisherman would has moved to Montana to escape his life back East and pursue his passion of painting.

    Stranahan is still representing himself as a P.I. because his landlord likes to have the tenants represent a variety of occupations. He is totally surprised when Velvet Lafayette shows up at his door to hire him to find her missing brother. Are these cases related? Will Sean and Martha need to team up to find their answers? Just what is happening in and around Bridger, Montana? It is definitely more than meets the fly!

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    You do not have to fish to enjoy this well written mystery. The first novel by Field & Stream Magazine Editor McCafferty is a very well crafted and complex whodunit. His love of nature shines as brightly as the sun through his detailed descriptions of everything from landscapes to ponds to fish and birds. Big Sky Country leaps right off the pages.

    His characters are also well developed and so sharp that you clearly picture them in their waders casting out to reel in a great big trout or belting out a song or tracking down clues to catch a killer. My grandfather was quite a fisherman and somehow I could see him out there in that beautiful setting casting time and time again with a huge smile on his face. He would have loved this scenic locale.

    The story has ebbs and flows, ripples and rapids, channels and cascades, unveiled at a pace to be savored not hurried, although by the last few chapters I was devouring the pages at a pretty rapid pace. There are a few red herrings swimming with all those trout.

    If you are a nature lover who likes a fine mystery you will really enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I became wrapped up in the myste

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I became wrapped up in the mystery and the characters, and best of all it helped me imagine I was fishing on the Madison River in Montana instead of sitting in my living room during a cold New England Winter!

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty I can answer the qu

    The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty

    I can answer the question if a non-flyfishing read would enjoy “The Royal Wulff Muders” by Keith McCafferty.

    The answer is a resounding YES!

    But, it may help if you also enjoy a thrilling murder mystery, the Yellowstone area, the Rocky Mountain life, and the intrigue of several interesting women chasing the former private eye who now lives the artsy life near Ennis, Montana.

    This is a well-written page turner set in one of hte greatest places in North American. So, even if you cannot tie a fly and do not know a dry fly from a wet one, set your hook in the Royal Wulff Murders and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Great First Outing

    Good mystery with a good set of characters. And not tangentially about fly fishing, but it is a part of the story. Enjoyable mystery even for non-anglers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Very gpod

    Fun for any lover of crime novels.and even better if you like flyfishing the outdoors andMontana

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great Read!

    Arthur Keith McCafferty's book The Royal Wulff Murders was a great read. The idea of adding a fly fishing theme is what convinced me to pick this book up, what a great idea! If there where more books like this I would pick them up too. It was in fact the added fly fishing aspect that made a murder mystery unique. There are an thousands of murder mystery books out there waiting to be read, but I wouldn't have picked them up because in one way or another they all are about the same to me. But a book written with an additional them of fly fishing, great job!

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