The Royal Wulff Murders
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.
-C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Back of Beyond and Force of Nature
"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
"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."
-Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty
"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."
-Nick Lyons, author of My Secret Fishing Life
"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
"What fun it is to visit my favorite fishing spots , not in a guide- boat but in a wonderful murder mystery."
-Henry Winkler, author of I've Never Met an Idiot on the River
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