Dead Renegade (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #10)

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Retired dentist and sometimes Loon Lake deputy DocOsborne needs some help. He?s stumbled upon human remains in the basement of an antique store, his granddaughter has been traumatized and refuses to talk, and a dangerous man with a dark history is on the loose. Fortunately for Osborne, Chief of Police Lew Ferris shares her time, her fly fishing advice, and if he?s lucky her bed.

But when a series of suspicious accidents seems to target a financier of questionable character. ...

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Overview

Retired dentist and sometimes Loon Lake deputy DocOsborne needs some help. He’s stumbled upon human remains in the basement of an antique store, his granddaughter has been traumatized and refuses to talk, and a dangerous man with a dark history is on the loose. Fortunately for Osborne, Chief of Police Lew Ferris shares her time, her fly fishing advice, and if he’s lucky her bed.

But when a series of suspicious accidents seems to target a financier of questionable character. Osborne’s neighbor, fellow deputy, and fly fishing whiz Ray Pradt must lend a hand with his tracking skills. Seducing the financier’s young wife is just a perk of the job for Ray.

As the action ramps up and the stakes increase, Osborne must use all his resources to keep his family from harm and resolve the intrigue troubling Loon Lake in time to get in some fly fishing and personal time with Lew Ferris.

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Houston's tepid 10th mystery set near one of Wisconsin's Loon Lakes (after 2008's Dead Hot Shot) works better as a portrait of small-town life than as a whodunit. Dr. Paul Osborne, now retired from his dental practice, assists the Loon Lake police department, headed by his girlfriend, Lew Ferris. Osborne's chance presence at a local antique emporium leads him to a grisly discovery of a human skull concealed in a rug. The investigation into whom the skull belonged to and the cause of death ends up taking a back seat after Osborne's granddaughter is frightened by something she's reluctant to talk about. Another plot line involves the young wife of an abusive businessman, who's stiffed some locals who did logging work for him. Unfortunately, the characters aren't sufficiently interesting to compensate for the slow pacing and the pedestrian plot line.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606480618
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series , #10
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Nice read

    Found this book to be one of Victoria Houston's faster paced books. More time spent on the story itself rather than on "Ray's hat" and "time with the boys at McDonalds". A nice read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Dead Renegade by Victoria Houston

    While searching the basement of Bart Nystrom's antique store with his daughter, Erin and her client Catherine Higgins, Doc Osborne unrolls an old carpet and finds a body. The corpse has evidently been hidden in the old carpet for years. The search is for an item belonging to Catherine Higgins and the last thing the group expected to find was a body. Doc immediately puts in a call to Police Chief Lew Harris and the antique store is temporarily closed.

    Doc welcomes the chance to call Lew since he is feeling a little uneasy about their relationship. Lew has a class reunion coming up and she hasn't invited Doc. The two have been very close since Doc has worked as Lew's deputy and he is feeling uneasy about the reunion and an old classmate coming to town.

    Both the cold case murder and Lew's coming reunion are forced to the back burner when Mason, Lew's granddaughter, has experienced something that has frightened her but she is not talking. Doc is concerned and anxious to find the underlying cause of Mason's problem.

    C. J. Calverson has brought an upset Mason home. C. J. found Mason hiding in their garage. The Calverson's have just moved to town. Curt Calverson, C. J.'s husband, is the CEO of Calverson Finance. C. J. is very friendly and invites Doc and Ray Pradt to join the couple on their boat. Curt is anything but friendly. Not only is he rude to the guests but to C. J. as well.

    Soon Lew begins to get reports about Calverson Finance and the fact that the company is taking advantage of elderly residents. Doc and Lew are trying to figure out what to do next about the Calverson Finance problem as well as attempting to solve the mystery of the body in the carpet. A local man has just been released from prison and it seems the recent robberies may have some connection to his return to town.

    Solving all of the problems currently facing Loon Lake keep Lew and Doc busy and Ray Pradt also lends a hand. Ray is always on hand to help Lew in her investigations and first in line to charm the ladies.

    There is a lot going on in this 10th book in the Loon Lake series. Dead Renegade can be read as a stand-alone but each book in the series is well worth reading.

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