Dead Tease [NOOK Book]

Overview

A hot August afternoon and Midwest Clinic CEO John McNeil has been working late. Working on his latest conquest, that is. Jen Williams is twenty-six, in charge of graphics for the hospital's PR division?and quite attractive in a healthy, athletic kind of way. She is quick to laugh and a little too quick to fall for guys. She is no virgin. And she is one of three women?including his wife?intimately familiar with McNeil.

When Jen's youthful body is found with a single stab wound ...

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Overview

A hot August afternoon and Midwest Clinic CEO John McNeil has been working late. Working on his latest conquest, that is. Jen Williams is twenty-six, in charge of graphics for the hospital's PR division—and quite attractive in a healthy, athletic kind of way. She is quick to laugh and a little too quick to fall for guys. She is no virgin. And she is one of three women—including his wife—intimately familiar with McNeil.

When Jen's youthful body is found with a single stab wound through the heart, suspicion falls on both McNeil's wife, who insists she is being stalked, and the striking hospital physician with whom he had just ended an affair. Pressure to find the killer falls on Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris and Dr. Paul "Doc" Osborne, the retired dentist and forensic dental expert whom she has deputized to help with the investigation—when they are not taking a break for fishing and other personal pursuits. When the mayor demands Lew take early retirement—and Doc has to babysit his teenage granddaughter who won't stop texting—the frustrations mount.

Desperate for a few hours off—and persuaded by Ray Pradt (a fishing guide who wears a stuffed trout on his head, so they should have known better)—to try fly fishing from kayaks, Doc and Lew find themselves in life-and-death straits on the river. This leads to an unexpected and macabre discovery that just may break the case.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reading Houston’s spare 12th Loon Lake mystery (after 2011’s Dead Deceiver) is like listening to a raconteur catching you up on the rural Wisconsin community, complete with contextual interjections and regionalisms (e.g., “razzbonya,” local vernacular for nincompoop).The stabbing murder of Jen Williams, a young woman of easy virtue who just had an afternoon tryst with a married man, is the first of several unnatural deaths.Deputy coroner Paul Osborne, a retired dentist, assists Loon Lake police chief Lewellyn Ferris in her investigation, which centers on neighbors and staff at the clinic where Williams worked, including a hostile ER physician, Cynthia Daniels. Series fans will enjoy spending time with old friends, but others may wish the suspense wasn’t limited to wondering how high the body count will rise before Ferris stops the culprit. Agent: Martha Millard, Martha Millard Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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"Series fans will enjoy spending time with old friends." --Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
The small population of Loon Lake, WI, wouldn't seem to lend itself to hit-man murders, but there you have it. Jen Williams has just left a clandestine tryst with the local hospital's executive, John McNeil, when she is knifed at her own mailbox. Sheriff Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris once again employs her deputized friend, retired dentist Paul Osborne, to help her figure out who the two-legged loon is, in this tale of jealousy and revenge. She has her hands full interviewing a full deck of suspects, including McNeil's jilted lover, his wife, and a crazed old widow. Perhaps there's a touch of Columbo about Lew's team, but don't underestimate this small-town squad. VERDICT A delightful procedural that makes the most of the series' (Dead Deceiver) offbeat ensemble cast. Couple with Keith McCafferty's recent The Royal Wulff Murders for the fly-fishing connection or Mary Logue's Claire Watkins series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440531811
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/18/2012
  • Series: Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series , #12
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 201,123
  • File size: 251 KB

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 March 15, 2012

    Very fast, good read

    This is one of her better ones. It's a little murky right in the beginning, but starts to straighten itself out quickly. Don't read the back cover until after you've finished the book: it seems like whoever wrote it didn't read the entire book, as it gives information not fully in the book, and gives away too much. All in all a well-worth-it read. Victoria Houston has really evolved over the span of her books and is a really nice person in general. I met her several years ago and was impressed. It's also fun reading her books since I was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin (mentioned many times in her books).

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Victoria Houston does it again! Could not put the book down once I started. She has you guessing in this "who done it" until the end. You will fall in love with the characters because they are your neighbors and friends. You will want to find your own Loon Lake in your backyard. Who thought fishing in the North Woods could be so deadly? You will just have to get this book and find out for yourself?

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    I was worried about reading this book because I haven't read any

    I was worried about reading this book because I haven't read any of her previous ones in the series. But luck has it that it stands perfectly fine on it's own. I mean, you can tell that there is back story that isn't explained, but nothing so that makes the book unreadable. I liked the book and the murder aspect of it all. I feel like it wasn't a very difficult who-dun-it kind of book to figure out but greatly enjoyed it. You can tell the author really likes fishing as she makes it a running theme throughout and I was just eh about that aspect. I also received the book free on my Nook during a special. I am very pleased that I was introduced to this author and I might not have every read anything of hers if it wasn't for that free special.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    recommend light reading..

    interesting mystery. If you like fly fishing you'd enjoy reading this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Good read

    It was a really good book I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Good read

    Only 166 pages but worth reading this story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Great Read!

    This was a great read. A page turner filled with suspense and solid character development. Devote some time for this read- you won't be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Loved it!

    Good reading with convincing story & chatacters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Good book, a little slow at first. Surprise ending of sorts. Enj

    Good book, a little slow at first. Surprise ending of sorts. Enjoy!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Enjoyable

    I am a mystery buff and from Wisconsin. Houston brings the North Woods to life in a way no one else can. This was thoroughly enjoyable. I hope Lew, Doc and Ray will be sleuthing for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Chrlie

    Where are u br¿¿

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Pretty good.

    This was fairly well written except for the made up word "razzbonya". Better than other free books I've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Pretty good

    I enjoyed this story. You know who did it from the beginning. The only question is when and how law enforcement will figure it out. Probably even more entertaining if you are familiar with wisconsin and its regional slang. The ending was tied up a little too neatly and conveniently. I wished the author had found a more creative way to catch the killer and wrap things up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Good book

    Kept me interested even if the mystery o,part was predictable. Very good character and setting, well described.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Average read

    Not great writing nor terribly deep. The local jargon i found bothersome and hard to understand - but the purpose was to give believeability to the small Wisconsin town in the story. I just couldn't over look that and didn't enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Good Read

    Kept me reading well into the night. I will watch for Victoria Houston's works im the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    wonderful site

    I HAVE A COLOR NOOK AND WITH bARNES AND nOBLE i READ A LOT MORE BECAUSE OF THE EASE OF GETTING BOOKS INSTALLED DIRECTLY TO MY E-READER

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Good Who Done It! I enjoyed the book. It moved along a good pace

    Good Who Done It!
    I enjoyed the book. It moved along a good pace and had several twists and turns in the story as well. The story takes place in a small town in northern Wisconsin. Looking forward to more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Enjoyed it!

    This was a really good book! The story had some nice twists in it, and made for a great read! Thanks Ms. Houston, I hope to read more of your books!

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    Posted July 25, 2012

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