Dead Man's Fancy (Sean Stranahan Series #3)

Dead Man's Fancy (Sean Stranahan Series #3)

by Keith McCafferty
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Dead Man's Fancy (Sean Stranahan Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lettore1 More than 1 year ago
I used to be a fan of the CJ Box novels, find them a bit too depressing now, Sean Stranahan makes me laugh aloud and still feel i am living in the Rockies
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another wonderful read from Keith McCafferty! This story has so many layers and the author brings them all together with the melodic quality I have to come to expect from him. Sean Stranahan is just an awesome character. A fly fisherman who loves nature, animals, fish and fowl. He lives most of the year in a tipi. He is a an very easy going guy, who paints and has found himself to be quite a private investigator even though he is techy challenged. He hates carrying a cell phone and when he does it is rarely on. He investigates the old fashioned way. He talks to people and then heads to a river for a bit of fishing to ponder over what they have told him. Surprisingly he can make all the pieces fall into place to solve the crime. Sheriff Martha Ettinger is the perfect woman for Sean. If they could just realize it themselves. They work well together and see eye to eye on most subjects. One would be truly lost without the other. The theme that drives this story it the wolf debate taking place out West. I have to stay the author tells both sides of the story very well without being political or preachy. He has created a very captivating mystery that involve parties on both sides. What I like best about Keith McCafferty stories is his writing style. The characters jump right off the pages. His descriptive quality not only brings the human characters to life but the setting as well. His builds a story that just ebbs and flows and then the clues start to come together and the pages fly. I had an inkling to what was really happening but with the twists I was never sure if I was on the right track. I love books like this. Controversy, revenge, mystery, extremists, murder, deception, trauma, drama…this story has all that and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The women characterized in this book are hard women with streaks of jealosy that are unreal. The book isn't about wolves or werewolves and the writing is hard to follow. Don't waste your time or your $12.99. I don't want to give this book one star, but the site won't allow me to budge unless I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book what is great is the way the first sets the way for the rest of the series.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Sean Stranahan series, and my introduction to this author’s writing. The protagonist is a former private detective who considers himself a Renaissance man: He guides during the trout season, writes for fishing magazines, and paints in the winter (or when he gets a commission); a man who had never owned a gun, his weapon of choice being a can of pepper spray, and whose impatience with modern technology prompts him to throw his flip phone in a lake. The author writers “Never meeting a stranger was a Western trait, and Stranahan had grown up in the East where people conducted business with skins of reserve so thick that you had to peel them like an orange. In that regard, moving to the Rockies had been like coming home.” In this appearance, his assistance is sought by Martha Ettinger, Sheriff of Hyalite County, Montana in two cases she is working on: A wrangler at an area dude ranch is found dead in the backcountry, impaled on an elk antler, and foul play is suspected, and, that same night, a 25-year-old woman on a trail ride from the same ranch has disappeared. It is unknown if the two things are related. The characters are all very well-drawn and interesting. Primary among these, besides Sean, is Martha, married and divorced twice, whose history includes having shot a U.S. congressman a year ago, he a murderer and she cleared by a coroner’s inquest, but her memory of the incident is still very sharp. Even lesser players are unique: One of the area residents is Pablo Mendoza, a baritone for the NY Metropolitan Opera. A major theme is the antagonism between the environmentalists who want to “bring to light the atrocities man committed against wildlife,” when e.g. wolves had been eradicated early in the 20th century by gun and cyanide stick, after the US Congress passed a bill allowing the reintroduction of the wolf population, a program that started in Yellowstone National Park in 1995, and groups such as Ranchers and Hunters for Taking the Wolf Out of Montana and, generally, ranchers who “hate wolves as much as they hate Democrats.” At least initially, I found the book replete with complex CSI calculations, and esoteric fishing and hunting descriptions and terminology, somewhat (well, completely) outside of my usual sphere of knowledge There are many references to fishing lures and ties, e.g., the title of the book is a name given to a fishing tie. I am certain that many readers, with perhaps more familiarity with such things, would not have a problem, but for this reader, it often took me out of the book. But ultimately, I discovered that the novel was filled as well with poetic prose, a good mystery, and a totally unexpected twist, and I closed the book, which was overall very satisfying, with a smile on my face.