The Royal Wulff Murders : Sean Stranahan

  • by Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by Rick Holmes
  • Series: Sean Stranahan
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An award-winning editor for Field & Stream magazine, Keith McCafferty presents his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders. A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and ex-PI Sean Stranahan. After teaming up to investigate, Martha and Sean soon uncover evidence that the murder has ties to one of the state’s biggest industries: fly fishing.

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Murder, Montana & Fly Fishing

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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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Heavy on fly fishing

What did you like best about The Royal Wulff Murders? What did you like least?

Perhaps a cut above average story and a good, sound performance. I'm not a fisherman, but the fly fishing details and threat to trout were interesting; nonetheless, I wouldn't welcome a steady diet of that much detail. I found the several physical injuries to the protagonist a bit overdone.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The who-done-it aspect was most interesting. The on-again-off-again romance episodes would hardly capture one's attention very effectively. If I had been reading, rather than listening, I would probably have skipped much of that.


Which character – as performed by Rick Holmes – was your favorite?

Hard to say what character was performed best. Rick Holmes was so practiced and adroit he became invisible as the reader. All one hears is the characters, and the performance becomes transparent, as it should with a really professional job.


Did The Royal Wulff Murders inspire you to do anything?

Well, . . . I'm not going to take up fly fishing for trout, if that's what you're asking; however, I am going to check on the author's latest book.


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- Robert Settle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books