Dead Tease (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #12)

Dead Tease (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #12)

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by Victoria Houston
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440533112
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
03/17/2012
Series:
Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series, #12
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
607,793
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.60(d)

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