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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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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.
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