Dead Deceiver (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #11)

Dead Deceiver (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #11)

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by Victoria Houston
     
 

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It's late January in Loon Lake and bodies abound: a woman on snowshoes has been discovered wedged under a wooden bridge on a cross-country ski trail. A day later, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris interviews a couple who alleges that the wife, a former nun, is being stalked. Meanwhile, Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival with problems.

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It's late January in Loon Lake and bodies abound: a woman on snowshoes has been discovered wedged under a wooden bridge on a cross-country ski trail. A day later, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris interviews a couple who alleges that the wife, a former nun, is being stalked. Meanwhile, Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival with problems.

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"...Houston does an outstanding job of crafting a good plot and entangling her rural protagonists in real-life situations." —Library Journal

Library Journal
After a woman fails to return home after snowshoeing in the forest outside Loon Lake, WI, police chief Lewellyn Ferris finds her body in the snow. In her 11th series entry (after Dead Renegade), Houston does an outstanding job of crafting a good plot and entangling her rural protagonists in real-life situations. VERDICT Fans of Mary Logue and regional mysteries will want to read.
Publishers Weekly
In chapter two of Houston's lame 11th Loon Lake mystery (after 2009's Dead Renegade), an emergency call interrupts the romantic dinner Paul Osborne, a retired dentist turned forensic consultant, is sharing with Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris, the Loon Lake, Wis., police chief. Rob Beltner's wife, Kathy, has failed to come home after a late afternoon walk in the snow. Within hours, Lew finds Kathy's corpse under a bridge, her face almost destroyed by a gunshot. Chapter one, which describes the killing, doesn't reveal the gunman's identity, but readers will be able eliminate certain suspects such as the grieving husband right off the bat. The murder inquiry takes a backseat for much of the book to a less than gripping subplot, Lew and Paul's search for the mysterious intruder who's apparently stalking Patience Schumacher, the president of a small local college. Diehard series fans may enjoy the ride, but newcomers are advised to start with earlier, better entries. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935562610
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series, #11
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

In her teens and twenties, mystery author Victoria Houston was the classic hometown girl who couldn't wait to leave her small Wisconsin town. She has not only returned to her hometown, Rhinelander, but she has based her popular Loon Lake mystery series in the region's fishing culture. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.

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Dead Deceiver (Loon Lake Fishing Series #11) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
2littletimeND More than 1 year ago
Victoria Houston proves you can enjoy an intriguing mystery in a great locale without gratuitous sex, gore & violence. The Loon Lake characters quickly become as familiar as your own friends, especially if you are an upper Midwesterner!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This has been one of my favorites series but the last one, Dead Renegade was not the author’s best and I left this one on the shelf. When I needed just one more book to complete by Wisconsin Author/Setting I picked it up and I so glad I did. I don’t know much about fly fishing but I sure do like reading about it. My grandfather was quite a fisherman and stories like this bring forth great memories. I love Lew, Doc Osborne, and Ray Pradt. In this installment they are fighting the elements of a Wisconsin winter to find who killed a woman out snowshoeing. When she fails to return home her husband calls the police and they start a search that ends with the worst possible outcome. I like the relaxed relationship between Lew and Osbourne. They are comfortable with each other and the lives they are leading. Lew’s daughter returns to Loon Lake to talk things over with her mom. Her marriage is falling apart and she needs advice and a little perspective as she moves toward a divorce. There is also a fishing tournament taking place and a reality show is casting and Ray hopes he is chosen for the show. Houston is back and while there is not as much fishing in this installment due to it be set in winter the mystery is more of what I expect from this author. The characters are still growing and the were a few suspenseful moments as the plot and subplot converged and the killer was revealed. The funny thing is that is now December in Wisconsin and we don’t have any snow. We had a very green Christmas and as I type this it is 45 degrees outside. Reading about the snowy countrysides was great for me and required no shoveling on my part.
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I really enjoyed all of Victoria Houston's books the characters are realistic and have likable personalities
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