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Crazy Mountain Kiss begins with a disturbing discovery, the body of a teenage girl wedged into the chimney of a cabin in the mountains rented by Max, a member of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club. Max was first alerted that all was not right by a Santa hat in the fireplace. Sheriff Martha Ettinger is faced with a rather unusual case. The dead girl, Cinderella Huntington, has been missing for months. She hails from a family of gifted equestrians. Cindy was a rising rodeo star, a role her mother, Etta, filled in her youth, and her dad is a Hollywood stunt rider and consultant on western films. Cindy and her mother share a deep connection to horses. There are lots of things about this discovery that raise questions. Etta wants those questions answered and hires Sean to find out how her daughter came to be in that chimney.— Deon Stonehouse
Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel In the fourth novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series, PI Stranahan and Sheriff Ettinger reunite to investigate a teenage girl's death. Cold Hearted River, the sixth in the series, is now available. Spring snow still clings to the teeth of Montana's Crazy Mountains when an unsuspecting member of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club discovers a Santa hat in the fireplace ashes of his rented cabin. Climbing to the roof to see what's clogging the flue, he's shocked to find the body of a teenage girl wedged into the chimney. A rodeo belt buckle identifies the recently deceased victim as Cinderella "Cindy" Huntington, a rising rodeo star. Hyalite County sheriff Martha Ettinger has been hunting for the girl since she went missing the previous November. Was Cindy murdered? Or was she running for her life--and if so, from whom? Suspicion falls on a buckskin-clad mountain man who calls himself Bear Paw Bill. But Etta Huntington, Cindy's high-strung mother, herself a famous horsewoman, thinks the evil might lie closer to home. She hires fly-fishing guide and private detective Sean Stranahan to find the answers. Setting aside their after-hours relationship, Sean and Martha find themselves deep in an investigation that grows to involve a high-altitude sex club, a lost diary, cave pictographs, and the legends of the Crazy Mountains. With his signature wit and wry humor, McCafferty writes a pitch-perfect mystery that is as haunting as the Crazies.
About the Author
Keith McCafferty is the award-winning survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream, and the author of The Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders, and Dead Man's Fancy. He lives in Montana.