Dead Creek (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #2)

Dead Creek (Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series #2)

by Victoria Houston

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When Doc Osborne up in the middle of a murder mystery, only Chief of Police Lew Ferris can get him out of it.

Fishing aside, there's nothing Doc likes better than helping Chief of Police Lew Ferris, a world-class fly fisherman in her own right, delve into Loon Lake's criminal underworld. He's looking for any excuse to spend time with the only woman he knows who likes to fish as much as he does. So bloodthirsty killers and backwoods bandits be damned, Doc will take the quiet risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425177037
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Series: Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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 of Rhinelander, but she has based her popular Loon Lake mystery series in the region’s fishing culture. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.

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Dead Creek (Loon Lake Fishing Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Stirling More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Loon Lake series. The plot gets started on page two and keeps it going full blast until the very end. If fishing is your thing, you're in for a treat. I don't fish, or ever want to, but I look forward to everything Victoria Houston has to say about fishing and her wonderful characters from the north woods.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Just about every one of the 4000 residents of Lake Loon knows that retired dentist, Doctor Osborne loves to take his boat out and go fishing. He especially enjoys catching muskie, a Wisconsin delicacy. Just about the only thing, the sexagenarian loves more than fishing, is helping Chief of Police Lew Ferris solve crime. Perhaps he just has a crush on his favorite law enforcement official.

He is unaware that when he has the chance to catch some muskie in an isolated locale, he will soon be working with his favorite police officer. In a small inlet of the lake, Osborne finds a wired cage containing the bodies of four adults. No one knows who the victims are except that they are wealthy out of towners who disappeared form an upscale retreat. Lew and Osborne will need three parts perseverance and seven parts luck to solve this impossible case.

People who enjoy fishing will want to read DEAD CREEK, but those fans of a well-drawn regional police procedural will also want to read this novel. All the subplots smoothly return to the main theme and there are plenty of suspects to keep the audience guessing about what is going on and who is the mastermind behind the mysterious events. With this fine novel, Victoria Houston will hook readers and make them seek her previous stories.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victoria Houston makes you want to go to Loon Lake, fish for Muskie or trout. She is adept at teaching about the county side, and in this book, about results of pollution. I love learning while enjoying a good story.Her description of murders and "how" is spell binding and I was sorry to finish it. I guess I'll have to read the rest of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each book in this series is an enjoyable read. Interesting cast of characters, mysteries and small-town happenings.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dead Creek is the second in the Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries series and really¿who would have thought fishing could be even remotely interesting to read about! Go figure! We rejoin the original cast of main characters (Chief Ferries, Doc Osborn, Ray Pradt). The story starts out innocuously enough with Doc Osborn out fishing muskies in his favorite (and secret) fishing hole when he discovers four bodies submerged there. Once again Doc Osborn finds himself an integral part of an interesting and twisted murder investigation that takes them through murder, theft, revenge, and even an ecological disaster to solve this most recent crime. I love that Houston can take what could be a pretty cut and dry police procedural and gives it a nice small town flavor that is wonderfully engaging and just plain fun to read. I love that these are older characters than one usually finds in this type of book (over 50 for the most part), it¿s definitely nice to see people over 50 being the hero, instead of it always being young, (emphasis usually on physical attractiveness of characters) 25 year old¿don¿t get me wrong, those are fun too¿but you don¿t get middle aged all the way up to retired people in the murder-mystery/thriller genre too often anymore. Nice change of pace. I also like that these are REAL characters, they have flaws, faults and real life problems that they must also deal with while solving the mystery¿it really helps to cement that feeling that these aren¿t just characters, they¿re real people.My only complaint about this follow up novel is the author uses some of the exact same descriptive paragraphs from the first book (with regards to the main characters and some of the place descriptions). I assume the repetition so that readers do not have to have read the first book to follow this one, but reading them more than once was a little ¿old¿ and if it continues, it may turn me off reading any more of her work. Aside from that¿a really great read, quick and entertaining. I managed to figure this one out way before it ended¿but still enjoyed reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellant Mysterys and yet light hearted. I spend a lot of time in this area and find it fun to know the places the author is writing about. I also read her first boook and am looking forward to the rest of them.
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