Dead Lil' Hustler (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #14)

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It's mid-July in Loon Lake, and Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris has her hands full with the discovery of the skeletal remains of a missing bank executive and the murder of graduate student. To complicate matters, both victims were discovered on a hidden river deep in the national forest--a place that just so happens to be a dangerous wolf rendezvous site.

Lew recruits her close friend and fellow flyfisherman, retired dentist "Doc" Osborne for his forensic and interrogation skills. ...

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Overview

It's mid-July in Loon Lake, and Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris has her hands full with the discovery of the skeletal remains of a missing bank executive and the murder of graduate student. To complicate matters, both victims were discovered on a hidden river deep in the national forest--a place that just so happens to be a dangerous wolf rendezvous site.

Lew recruits her close friend and fellow flyfisherman, retired dentist "Doc" Osborne for his forensic and interrogation skills. But Doc has his own set of problems to worry about: his grandson is hospitalized with a grave illness, and now Lew seems to be getting too interested in the father of the murdered student--a well-to-do widower who is teaching her the Japanese art of tenkara flyfishing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Smalltown police chief Lewellyn “Lew” Ferris has to deal with the same problems faced by urban communities, though with much fewer resources, as shown in Houston’s pleasing 14th mystery set in Loon Lake, Wis. (after 2013’s Dead Insider). A particularly potent strain of marijuana has found its way to Loon Lake, but a more serious problem is the discovery of banker Peter Corbin’s body in the Pine River in nearby Nicolet National Forest. Then a distraught father, Jake Barber, implores Lew to help find his college-age son, Liam, who disappeared in the area while fly-fishing a small stream. Lew can count on boyfriend Paul Osborne for help, while bumbling mayor Ed Pecore and bossy FBI agent Alan Strickland complicate her investigation. Houston knows both her territory and her characters well, and she uses both to good effect in advancing her nicely executed plot. Agent: Martha Millard, Martha Millard Agency. (June)
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"Houston knows both her territory and her characters well, and she uses both to good effect in advancing her nicely executed plot." --Publishers Weekly

"Lew's 14th case, as easily solved as all the others (Dead Insider, 2013, etc.), is notable mainly for its fishing and wolf lore and its loving descriptions of a beautiful area of Wisconsin." --Kirkus Reviews

"Populated with well-drawn characters and framed with a portrait of life in small-town Wisconsin [and] lovingly described wilderness...this mystery will appeal to fans of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon novels." --Booklist

"A nicely balanced novel and an all-around pleasurable read.... The Loon Lake Mysteries can be read alone and out of order. If you're up for a gentle whodunit with no profanity or gore, Dead Lil' Hustler is a book to catch." --The Bookworm Sez

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Two suspicious fatalities in a remote river wilderness area make police chief Ferris wonder if something more fierce than wild wolves might be on the loose. Houston's 14th (after Dead Insider) doesn't disappoint in her fly-fishing-infused, Wisconsin-set police procedural.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440568404
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/18/2014
  • Series: Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series , #14
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 118,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (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 mystery series in the region's fishing culture.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    4 STARS I believe this is book #14 in the series. I have only

    4 STARS

    I believe this is book #14 in the series. I have only read three of them so far. They have lots of fishing in the books. Interesting characters that I like and want to know more about. Clean read, full of drama, some action and humor.

    Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris is one of the main characters. She is single and fly fisherman. Her close friend is Doc Osborne.

    Doc Osborne is a retired Dentist. He is a widower. He also helps out when the town coroner can't make it. He has picked up Fly fishing since his wife's died.

    Doc Osborne is watching his sick grandchild when he realizes that he is really sick and rushes him to hospital. They don't know if he will get better.

    Ray is a old familiar character. He has a lot of the humor in the book. He is also a fishing and hunting guide. He also helps out Police Chief Lewellyn when she needs him. He likes to wear a hat with a fish on it.

    Lew gets called out for a dead body in a remote area of woods. Then she has a report of a college youth missing in the same area. Also FBI Agent shows up in her town. A busy time for her.

    the setting is Loon Lake a small town. Lots of fishing.

    The pace is steady building up to all the action. It is a fast easy read.

    If you enjoy fly fishing I am sure you will enjoy that part of the book more than I did. It does make you want to be outdoors enjoying the peace. I loved reading about the wolves packs in the area. Though I did not realize how many dogs they can kill.

    I like this series of books and would read more of them in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it. Received book through Net Galley.

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