Poisoned Pen Press (July 2014) Mystery / 250 pages
If you are a fly fisherman, it doesn’t get any better than the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River, Oregon’s legendary trout fishing venue. Cal Claxton–a small town lawyer who works to fish–has to pinch himself when his best friend and fishing guide, Philip Lone Deer, asks him to help guide an upcoming trip with a group of executives from a high tech firm in Portland. But the trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when a member of the fishing party turns up murdered. Everyone in the party is a suspect, including Cal himself. Does the fact that the company’s value is about to explode play into the crime? And what about the freight line running along the river. Does Philip’s theory that the killer came and left on a train hold water? Cal better come up with answers because he’s suspect number one…
The setting of this book is Dundee, Oregon and I happen to live in the next town so I know what I’m talking about when I say he captures setting beautifully.
Easley’s characters come alive, his plot complex and full of surprises. Grab a copy and start to read because the only thing better than a great mystery is a mystery that includes a day on the river.
Reviewed by the Eclectic Express for the April 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.