Montana’s favorite fly fisherman detective is back on the case in the second installment of the Sean Stranahan Mystery Series
When the graves of two men are discovered on Sphinx Mountain, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects murder. But with the only evidence a hole in a skull that might or might not have been caused by a bullet, she once more finds herself turning to private investigator Sean Stranahan for help. Stranahan already has a case, having been hired by a group of eccentric fly fishermen called The Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club to find a valuable fly that they suspect has been stolen. Could the disappearance of a vintage Gray Ghost from a riverside cabin in the Madison Valley be connected to the gray ghosts who haunt Sphinx Mountain? Stranahan will cross paths, and arms, with some of the most powerful people in the valley to find out, in a novel that is sure to capture new fans for one of the mystery genre’s rising stars.
Even amid the serene trout streams of Montana, Sean Stranahan can't seem to stay out of trouble and there's a heap of it in this bracing second adventure for the fly fisher/painter/PI (after 2012's The Royal Wulff Murders). When the skeletal remains of two people surface in as many days on Sphinx Mountain, shorthanded Sheriff Martha Ettinger asks for Sean's help investigating. Another case Sean's already pursuing, concerning a pair of extremely valuable stolen fishing flies, provides the perfect cover for snooping and he soon uncovers disturbing suggestions that someone could be hunting human quarry. Field & Stream editor McCafferty skillfully weaves Big Sky color, humor, and even romance (in the form of Sean's stunning new girlfriend, Martinique, who's bankrolling veterinary school by working as a bikini barista) into the suspenseful plot as it gallops toward a white-knuckle if confusing climax. The book's biggest lure, however, remains Sean and his rugged band of Montana individualists.
A pro's prose
Mr. McCafferty has expanded not only his unique depth and breadth of knowledge on fly fishing, ties, and now very big guns. His praise worth descriptions of Sphinx Mt. and the neighboring have me pining for Big Sky. What makes book 2 better is the author spreading his proverbial wings allowing us huge tracks of his softer love-lorn side filled with tufted longing. I'm the better having read and thoroughly enjoyed the works of an artist I am coming help pull me through a couple hard days!