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Dead Renegade
     

Dead Renegade

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by Victoria Houston
 

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As Lew investigates, uncanny coincidences accumulate like snow on the frozen, deadly surface of Loon Lake...

It's late January and Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival. Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris and her limited team are busy with the usual headaches and then some, and Doc Osborne is busy studying fly-casting videos in an effort to

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As Lew investigates, uncanny coincidences accumulate like snow on the frozen, deadly surface of Loon Lake...

It's late January and Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival. Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris and her limited team are busy with the usual headaches and then some, and Doc Osborne is busy studying fly-casting videos in an effort to impress Lew come spring.

But a panicked call from Rob Beltner leads to a sad discovery: his wife, Kathy, is dead of a gunshot wound. Lew barely begins to investigate the shooting before she's sidetracked by the imposing figure of Patience Schumacher, president of Wheedon Technical College--and she's certain she's being stalked.

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Publishers Weekly
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:
9781440531613
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
07/29/2011
Series:
A Loon Lake Mystery , #10
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
187
Sales rank:
267,538
File size:
448 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 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 Renegade (Loon Lake Fishing Series #10) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RavenEG More than 1 year ago
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.
HappyRuby More than 1 year ago
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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