Whoever thought life in the Northwoods could be this dangerous?
When the body of a lovely young woman is found floating beneath a party pontoon on a popular lake in northern Wisconsin on the same morning that a prominent widow is found bludgeoned in her gracious home, Loon Lake Police Chief Lew Ferris is caught short-handed.
This is not a problem for Doc Osborne, whom she deputizes to act as coroner and to assist with the investigation. Fishing aside, there's nothing Osborne likes better than helping Lewa world-class fly fisherman in her own rightdelve into Loon Lake's criminal underworld. They're joined in their efforts to untangle two seemingly unrelated murders by walleye-expert, talented tracker, and teller of really bad jokes, Ray Pradt.
A charming resort town on the surface, life in Loon Lake turns murky as bank officials soon discover that both victims' accounts have been lootedalong with a dozen others. One grisly development after another further links the two murders even though the victims did not know each other. Wealthy Chicagoans, visiting entrepreneurs, and the young denizens of "Party Cove" complicate the scene.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A boater makes a gruesome discovery when his houseboat gets stuck on the body of a young girl who was last seen partying hard by night and working by day for the Chamber of Commerce. This, along with the bloody murder of a recent widow puts the kibosh on Doc Osborne¿s plans to relax and fish with his ladylove, Police Chief Lew Ferris. Deputized once again, Doc discovers the DeeDee Kurlander was a very ambitious woman with a harassment suit pending and the goal to become a trophy wife. Doc and Lew once again enlist Ray Pradt, an unlikely lothario with a penchant for wearing a stuffed fish on his cap who becomes enamored with a very attractive gun specialist. Once again Ms. Houston fills her novel with quirky and entertaining characters who delight the reader and keep the humor flowing steadily until the gripping conclusion. There are enough twists and turns to keep the conclusion a surprise, yet the reader never feels tricked or misled. The strongest element of the Loon Lake Mystery series is Houston¿s creation of characters who are a delight to follow. New readers and long-time fans will find much to like in this novel, as Houston never fails to create novels full of wit, humor, and suspense.