Dead Insider (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #13)by Victoria Houston
In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne. Within hours of launching their investigation, they find themselves faced with a national media circus as Loon Lake becomes the focus of a murderous scenario that links the murder to the race for the U.S. Senate by a woman who is heir to a Northwoods fortune and other, less savory, family traditions.
In the meantime, Doc Osborne's eldest daughter, Mallory, enters into a relationship that may put her life at risk--unless her father and Chief Ferris can find the killer stalking the residents of Loon Lake.
"Framed by the developing romantic relationship between Doc and Lew, the story is populated with sympathetic, well-drawn main and secondary characters who epitomize the importance of friendship and neighborliness. Houston also delivers beautiful descriptions of the bucolic setting, along with plenty of sharply rendered fly-fishing scenes." - Booklist
"Author Victoria Houston has a flair for demonstrating the scenic background, the locals, and of fleshing out her protagonists and secondary characters. Additionally, the mystery itself is tautly plotted, and contains certain twists and denouements which will intrigue and gratify readers who 'love a good mystery.'" - GMA Literary Community blog
"I have never before encountered so many accurately portrayed, professional protocols in one book.... Also, Houston's nuances are admirable.... This is superb reading - but you really need to go there, or at least read more in the series with an intriguing ensemble cast inspired by people the author remembers from her childhood." - Bookpleasures.com
"There is so much to like about Victoria Houston's new novel, Dead Insider, I almost don't know where to begin. Those who usually don't like cozies...should stop immediately and read the first 10 pages.... That's all it will take. Like a fish on the line, they will be hooked." - Killer Nashville Book of the Day
"I found the plot to be well written and had a realistic vibe. The book had the perfectly believable small community feel. The plot flowed well and there were no lags. I am hooked on this series after reading my first book and will certainly be reading more of Ms. Houston's books." – Sally's Creative Corner
"It takes a lot of effort and ability to make all the characters so real and relatable. Filled with politics, country traditions, and good old fashion mystery, this novel will sweep readers up in its lies and deceits until the truth is laid bare." – Book Vacations blog
"The main characters are back plus some new ones to enjoy. The Mystery keeps you guessing almost all the way through the book. It is a clean read. Some beautiful scenery that makes you want to go fishing." - Readalot blog
"Houston nails the small rural town: its labyrinthine connections between long-time residents; their camaraderie; and the fundamental decency of [most] of its citizens and their ability to deal with even the most shocking crimes in this engaging series." --Alfred Hitchock's Mystery Magazine
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 mystery series on the region's fishing culture.
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This novel reminded me of a one-trick pony. But before I get to that particular problem, I need to address another issue first. DEAD INSIDER started off well enough, with the murder occurring in the first chapter, or at least the allusion to it. But then there was this giant chasm of character development and scene setting and dinner parties that was certainly interesting, except for the fact that there was way too much of it. I mean, the dead body didn’t show up until the 34% mark on my Kindle (about 71 pages for those of you who still like to get physical with your books). And if that were this novel’s only sin, that would have been okay. But it wasn’t. Whenever I read a mystery, I like a red herring or two thrown into the mix, the hero wandering down an alleyway, taking the wrong exit on the interstate, or at least coming to a fork or two in the road. With this story, though, there was no fork, no red herring, no wrong exit, not even a slight meandering. Less than halfway through, it became obvious who the killer was, then it got a little brighter, and before too long, the killer was a bright neon sign in the middle of Times Square the size of a football field. The ending felt a little cheap to me, and I need to air out the rest of my laundry, so that I can move on with my life and find some clean clothes. *BEGIN SPOILER* The killer is full-fledged loony tunes, not the cartoon version, but the completely in your face, shoveling her own grave, one-way ticket to the insane asylum, getting run over by a car version. And near the end, that’s exactly what happens to her: she gets run over by a car. Now, if I hadn’t just read about a killer getting run over by an SUV, I might have been in a more forgiving mood. But that seemed like a cheap way to get rid of a body. And just to prove I’m not completely crazy, I looked it up: 5,600 pedestrians are killed every year by motor vehicles out of 57 million deaths worldwide. So the odds someone actually dies in this manner are 0.009%. In other words, Dr. Watson, not highly likely. *END SPOILER* So, yeah, I’m a little frustrated, mainly because I think Victoria Houston has potential. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
4 STARS A Loon Lake Mystery #13 This is the second of the series I have now read and have liked both of them. I would like to read the others in the series sometime. The main characters are back plus some new ones to enjoy. The Mystery keeps you guessing almost all the way through the book. It is a clean read. Their is a lot of fishing in the story but not as much as the first one. Sheriff Lewellyn is back. She is a strong woman character. Her hobbies are fly fishing. She loves to relax fishing especially after tough cases. She and Doc Osborne are together in a relationship now. Doc. Osborne is a retired Dentist. He helps out once in a while if the medical examiner is busy or out of town. He did some dental identifying in the Korean War. He is a widower with two grown daughters. Loves to fish is happier than ever before. Ray is still a fishing guide, grave digger, good cook and takes photo's sometimes for the cops. He also does some tracking for the cops. He lives next door to Doc on the lake. He has been known to poach on private lakes, smoke weed ect. The weather has been raining heavy and some flooding in the Loon Lake area. One of the deputies on lookout for more flooding sees some meat floating in the runoff. He decides that it will just wash down the river and he would love some venison. Him and a city worker find 8 packages of unmarked packages. His first is thawed out. The second they open is a human head. Osborne gets to call the body deceased and he recognizes the face. He never forgets faces and he has done dental work on this one. Doc's daughter Mallery has brought her boyfriend home to meet him. She does media public relationship and ends up working for the Sheriff to help out because of the media has gathered for the big news event. This book is a quicker read. A little grizzlier murder. Some beautiful scenery that makes you want to go fishing. I was given this ebook to read and in exchange asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. 06/18/2013 PUB F+W/Adams Media Tyrus Books 208 pages ISBN:9781440533563
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