Dead Hot Shot (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #9)

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Ninth in the Loon Lake Mysteries

Murder never takes a holiday... or so Loon Lake learns one wintry Thanksgiving Day. Chief of Police Lew Ferris, short-handed thanks to an AWOL coroner, never even gets the turkey stuffed before the bodies start to surface. By the end of the day, credit card theft and dysfunctional families have so muddied the waters that not even expert tracker and dedicated fishing guide, Ray Pradt, can hope to fish the final day of muskie season. And while ...

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Overview

Ninth in the Loon Lake Mysteries

Murder never takes a holiday... or so Loon Lake learns one wintry Thanksgiving Day. Chief of Police Lew Ferris, short-handed thanks to an AWOL coroner, never even gets the turkey stuffed before the bodies start to surface. By the end of the day, credit card theft and dysfunctional families have so muddied the waters that not even expert tracker and dedicated fishing guide, Ray Pradt, can hope to fish the final day of muskie season. And while retired dentist, Doc Osbornse, had counted on sitting by the fire with Lew (out of uniform) and planning a fly fishing trip to Wyoming--the unexpected arrival of Gina Palmer, former investigative reporter turned forensics database expert, ramps up the action with her pursuit of a Canadian link to the theft of merchandise from stores across the upper Midwest.

Dead Hot Shot, ninth in the Loon Lake Mystery series, is a heady mix of murder, mayhem and fishing in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

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The body of a cranky heiress kick-starts Houston's uneven ninth installment in her backwoods Wisconsin series featuring spunky police chief Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris (after 2007's Dead Madonna). Along with Paul Osborne, a retired town dentist and deputy coroner, Lew investigates the murder of Nolan Reece, whose battered body washes ashore one Thanksgiving morning. Shorthanded, Lew and her on-again off-again beau enlist the help of Ray Pradt, a skilled local tracker-poacher with the ears of a wolf, to unravel the tangled motives surrounding the death of the universally unpopular Nolan. Houston often overloads her characters with familiar backstories (both Paul and Ray are recovering alcoholics) and infuses her subplots with predictable red herrings, such as the angst of Nolan's teenage daughter, Blue. Still, series fans will appreciate Loon Lake's starring role, with its local color and murderous urges lurking just beneath the placid waters. (July)

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A police chief and a retired dentist team up once more to solve several murders. On Thanksgiving Day in Loon Lake, Wis., Nolan Reece is found dead in the waters near her lakeside mansion. Her overbearing manner has given many people reason to hate her. Nolan has squandered all of her father's fortune except for her daughter Blue's $20 million trust fund. The result of a youthful indiscretion, Blue suffers from her mother's wild mood swings. So does Andy, who was paid to marry Nolan and give Blue a father figure. Once Police Chief Lew Ferris calls on her boyfriend and part-time deputy, retired dentist Doc Osborne, to check out the scene, it becomes clear that Nolan was murdered. The family and friends attending Blue's engagement party the night of the murder had been joined by Nolan's new pet project, the Dark Sky sisters: serious Frances and vivacious Josie. The girls' foster mother, crabby Mildred Taggert, who owns the local grocery store and sells hunting and fishing licenses, becomes the next victim when she's shot in her yard. With help from nonpareil tracker and fishing guide Ray Pradt and computer expert Gina Palmer, who's on the trail of a credit-card theft ring, Lew and Doc manage to end the carnival of crime. The ninth in the Loon Lake series (Dead Boogie, 2006, etc.) is a charmingly descriptive look at Wisconsin's north country wrapped around a so-so mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932557732
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series , #9
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,354,711
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Another Intriguing Loon Lake Mystery

    Reading the Loon Lake mysteries, makes me feel as if I'm in the Northwoods. I can smell the woods/forests/see the moonlight reflected on the lake. Small towns, but big suspense and excitement in Dead Hot Shot. Love the characters too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Another tightly constructed Loon Lake Mystery

    Victoria Houston has a well developed set of characters with a plot that is logical and consistent. There are no loose ends in this Thanksgiving mystery in Loon Lake. Also, Victoria Houston does a nice job with her endings and wrapping up after mysteries are solved. It is a good week end read.

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