The Royal Wulff Murders (Sean Stranahan Series #1)

The Royal Wulff Murders (Sean Stranahan Series #1)

by Keith McCafferty
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The Royal Wulff Murders (Sean Stranahan Series #1) by Keith McCafferty

A clever and fast-paced murder mystery full of wit, suspense, and fly fishing.

When a fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects foul play. It's not just the stick jammed into the man's eye that draws her attention; it's the Royal Wulff trout fly stuck in his bloated lower lip. Following her instincts, Ettinger soon finds herself crossing paths with Montana newcomer Sean Stranahan.

Fly fisher, painter, and has-been private detective, Stranahan left a failed marriage and lackluster career to drive to Montana, where he lives in an art studio decorated with fly-tying feathers and mouse droppings. With more luck catching fish than clients, Stranahan is completely captivated when Southern siren Velvet Lafayette walks into his life, intent on hiring his services to find her missing brother. The clues lead Stranahan and Ettinger back to Montana's Big Business: fly fishing. Where there's money, there's bound to be crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670023264
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Series: Sean Stranahan Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Keith McCafferty is the award-winning survival editor of Field & Stream magazine, with a circulation of 1.25 million. He lives and works in Montana. This is his first novel.

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The Royal Wulff Murders: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Scooter567 More than 1 year ago
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!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
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
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
MontanaRB More than 1 year ago
Good plot with lots of twists and turns with a great ending. Lots of thought went into this plot. My only disappointment (having grown up and fished all of the areas in the book) is the failure to use the correct names for the areas described.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Barca6 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun for any lover of crime novels.and even better if you like flyfishing the outdoors andMontana
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!