FFSW Book Review

A fly fisherman, occasional detective takes on the case in Dead Man's Fancy.



When Keith McCafferty combined fly fishing and murder mysteries he discovered a brand-new and completely original side to a long-standing genre. McCafferty is the award-winning survival and outdoors skills editor of Field & Stream and his books combine a love of the natural world with classic mystery elements. Dead Man's Fancy is the third mystery to feature Sean Stranahan——painter, fly fisherman, and occasional private detective——and Melisaa Ettinger——the outdoorsy, no-nonsense Sheriff of Hyalite County. Like McCafferty's first two books,_ The Royal Wulff Murders_ and The Gray Ghost Murders, Dead Man's Fancy breathes new life into the mystery genre with its unique milieu and prickly but loveable characters.

In their most dangerous adventure yet, Ettinger and Stranahan get caught in the middle of a battle between wolf advocates and those who seek to elminate the controversial creatures. Combining a plot with conservation issues, Dead Man's Fancy, contains the hallmarks that have earned McCafferty praise from Nevada Barr, C.J. Box, and Craig Johnson.

The book will be on sale in January 2014.