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Saturday, May 18, 2013

THE GRAY GHOST MURDERS


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty is a Viking publication released in February 2013. Sean Stanahan, a former detective in a law firm, now living in Montana, working as a guide and various other odd jobs, is helping the Sherriff, Martha Ettinger and her crew as they try to determine what caused the deaths of two men they found buried while on a routine missing persons search. Sean is also  helping a group of fly fisherman that were robbed of some valuable flies. The story deals with controversial issues about life and death and the right to die with dignity. This issue is handled exactly the way an author should handle it. The focus is on the mystery and murders and not on social commentary. How does Sean's investigation into the stolen flies tie in with the murder investigation? A clever plot, quirky Montana characters, and the bittersweet complications that plague the personal relationships of the main characters made this a very thought provoking and tense mystery. I am not familiar with Montana, nor fly fishing, guns, or big game hunting. There are some in depth conversations regarding those topics that went a little over my head, but didn't take away from the heart of the story. Men will find those topics quite interesting, and women reading the book will enjoy the drama regarding the love lives of Sean and Martha and everyone will enjoy the complex mystery that will keep Thanks to Viking and Netgalley for the ARC digital copy of this book. This one gets an A.

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