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Wolves howl as a riderless horse returns at sunset to the Culpepper Dude Ranch in the Madison Valley. The missing woman, Nanika Martinelli, is better known as the Fly Fishing Venus, a red-haired river guide who lures clients the way dry flies draw trout. As Sheriff Martha Ettinger follows hoof tracks in the snow, she finds one of the men who has fallen under the temptress' spell impaled on the antler tine of a giant bull elk, a kill that' s been claimed by a wolf pack. An accident? If not, is the killer human or animal? With painter, fly fisherman, and sometimes private detective Sean Stranahan's help, Ettinger will follow clues that point to an animal rights group called the Clan of the Three-Clawed Wolf and to their svengali master, whose eyes blaze with pagan fire.

©2014 Keith McCafferty (P)2014 Recorded Books

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An Unbelievable Story

I enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to this third installment--a mystery focused on wolves in wild Montana. To me, the story was completely over the top, extremely predictable and completely unbelievable. In the end I really regret spending the credit and wasting my time.

The narration sounded wooden and bored until the last three hours when Holmes finally seemed to perk up and take an interest in the book he was reading. The whole experience was just a total disappointment. It's a shame because I really liked the recurring characters and the setting up until this book. Can't recommend.

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Finally!

Like most of my favorite authors, I stumbled upon Keith McCafferty. A gold nugget amongst a lot of gravel, his Sean Stranahan series has been mesmerizing so far. Three down in four days- what does that say about his writing, and characters? Plus, Rick Holmes does a superb job of narrating such a diverse cast of characters. These are the narration gigs that make you wonder how on earth the job can be done so flawlessly. I'm hooked, pun entirely intended & believe most anyone who gives the first book a read will be, too. As for my subject line, you'll have to read or listen to understand. Tight lines!

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Mclaferty Has difficulty writing about women.

He gets it great with fishing all things outdoors man relationships but when it comes to writing what women would say or do he is awkward

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Crying Wolf in Montana

Dead Man’s Fancy, by Keith McCafferty. A Sean Stranahan mystery. What happened to the Fly Fishing Venus? Her horse came back empty and her rescuing “wrangler” (one of her many wannabe lovers) is found impaled on a Elk’s antler. Was she eaten by wolves? Her hair was found in wolf scat and that’s enough to get the ranchers to pick up their pitchforks. .... I mean guns. Not so fast … there's also a wierd motorcycle driving wolf lover in the area ... maybe a wolf man. Not to worry because Martha Ettinger, the 40ish, roughly attractive Montana county Sheriff and Sean Stranahan; the handsome artist, fly fishing guide, and sometime P.I., will figure it out. But will they ever kiss? Great read.

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A really great story

A very interesting story with lots of twists and turns listen turns and really humanity. It's nice to be involved with characters that are just basically kind and decent and real all at the same time.

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better and better

I enjoyed the first in the series, and each book draws me in more. I'm very glad to have found this author and narrator.

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Wish I hadn’t wasted the credit

Good story until the last couple of chapters when the plot unravels into an incoherent mess. Maybe the author just got tired? Maybe he just wanted to end the story regardless of how nonsensical? I had skipped this book in Stranahan series due to the bad reviews. None of the other books in the series were egregiously awful, so I tried it. Wish I hadn’t wasted the credit on this particular book.

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Boring

The book was just so boring. And the narrator dull and very nasal.
Sorry couldn’t finish it. Wasted a credit.

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Another great story by Keith McCafferty

Mixture of mystery, humor and great geographical backdrop for the storyline. His writing makes you feel like you're right there with the characters in the middle of Montana and the mountains watching everything unfold as it happens.

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THEY KEEP GETTING BETTER!

I read the first Stranahan mystery because a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it, but did not expect the second one to be as good. It ws! The third one surpassed all expectations. I really look forward to the next one.