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by Victoria Houston

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Victoria Houston
ISBN: 1606480618
ISBN13: 978-1606480618
Language: English
Publisher: Bleak House Books (November 1, 2009)
Pages: 187
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A Loon Lake Mystery Series. 19 primary works, 19 total works.

A Loon Lake Mystery Series. In Wisconsin's Northwoods, fishing is a way of.

For some ten books now in the Loon Lake series, Victoria Houston has crafted murder mysteries that can best be described as cozies. The town of Loon Lake and its surrounding water-filled environs are a mecca for fishing enthusiasts as well as for wealthy seasonal residents seeking refuge from their big-city lives. Therefore, great opportunity always exists for robberies, fraud and assorted mayhem to be sorted out by Doc Osborne and his girlfriend, Chief of Police Lew Ferris.

Victoria Houston's vivid descriptions of the area and the residents love of fishing adds much to the story. Very enjoyable mystery series. I loved all of the books in this series. I loved the outdoor atmosphere, the fishing, and the excellent characters and stories. This is the sixth Loon Lake mystery and each one gets better.

Books in the Loon Lake mystery series. For that man in the boat: Mike. Those to whom evil is done, Do evil in return. Chapter 1. Osborne paused, surprised to see a fan of tail feathers sticking out from one end of an old rug that had been rolled up and crammed into a dank corner of the storeroom.

Dead Renegade (Loon Lake Mystery Book 10. In her teens and twenties, mystery author Victoria Houston was the classic hometown girl who couldn't wait to leave her small Wisconsin town

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.

May 2014 : USA Paperback.

Victoria Houston is an American writer. She is the author of the Loon Lake Series, a series of murder mysteries

Victoria Houston is an American writer. She is the author of the Loon Lake Series, a series of murder mysteries. The mysteries are set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin against a background of fly fishing as well as fishing for muskie, bass, bluegill and walleyes. She has also written or co-authored over seven non-fiction books.

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.

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or so Loon Lake learns one wintry Thanksgiving Day. Chief of Police Lew Ferris, short-handed thanks to an AWOL coroner, never even gets the turkey stuffed before the bodies start to surface

or so Loon Lake learns one wintry Thanksgiving Day. Chief of Police Lew Ferris, short-handed thanks to an AWOL coroner, never even gets the turkey stuffed before the bodies start to surface.

A sunny Thursday heading into the Fourth of July and retired dentist, Doc Osborne, is helping his daughter, Erin, who has just opened her own legal practice. They are assisting an elderly client of Erin’s reclaim an antique chest from an uncooperative antique dealer when Doc Osborne stumbles over a rug and human remains tumble onto the floor.
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Qumen
For some ten books now in the Loon Lake series, Victoria Houston has crafted murder mysteries that can best be described as “cozies.” The town of Loon Lake and its surrounding water-filled environs are a mecca for fishing enthusiasts as well as for wealthy seasonal residents seeking refuge from their big-city lives. Therefore, great opportunity always exists for robberies, fraud and assorted mayhem to be sorted out by Doc Osborne and his girlfriend, Chief of Police Lew Ferris.

The book starts out in a very promising manner. First Doc finds a skeleton wrapped in an old rug tucked away in the basement of an antique store. The body had been dismembered before being rolled up, and the skull, complete with gold fillings that Doc recognizes, rolls right over to him. Concurrent with the discovery of the skeleton, Houston provides us with a very good idea of who’s going to die next. She even provides a better than usual clue to the identity of the future killer.

And then the shorter-than-her-normal novel begins to fall apart. First, Houston creates a demanding subplot for every character. For instance, Lew has refused to ask Doc to her high school reunion, choosing instead to meet with her old high school boyfriend who is now a divorced millionaire. So Doc has that angst to deal with for most of the book. Then Erin, Doc’s daughter, is working two Legal Aid cases, one of which involves the antique store where the skeleton is found while the other involves finance company fraud allegedly perpetrated by the person we figure is slated to die next.

Add to all this a problem where Mason, Doc’s granddaughter, is being bullied by an older boy, a story which dominates the entry for at least half the book. Ray’s “adopted son,” Nick, has a scenario going, as does the wife of the finance company CEO. Throw in multiple scenes tracing the family situation of the person we are clued into as the next killer and there is not a lot of space in this novel for actually investigating any of the crimes.

The focus on bullying is the next problem with the book. Not that the societal issue of bullying isn’t important, but we actually find ourselves reading a primer on how both parents and the victimized child can deal with the issue psychologically, physically and legally. The advice Houston presents on the topic is excellent, but it uses up so many pages. And it only relates to the mystery portion of the story because Mason is rescued at one point by, coincidentally, the wife of the finance company CEO, who is, coincidentally, moving in just down the street.

The final downturn to the story is Houston’s refusal to believe that “the devil is in the details.” Book after book, she seems to have an insatiable and driving need to bend the fabric of time and space in a setting that is neither paranormal nor sci-fi in genre.

Ten books ago, at the start of the series, Doc had already been retired for over two years. Since then, Nick has finished his last two years of high school and a year of college. Erin has started and finished law school, attending only part time for several years, has passed the bar and has started working for Legal Aid. The books have spanned several winters, several summers and several birthdays since the series started.

But somehow, since the last book, Ray Pradt and Cody, Doc’s grandson, have lost at least two years on their ages. And Doc is back to being retired for barely two years, which doesn’t account for the death of his wife or his time in alcohol rehab, all of which happened before the start of the first book but are referenced in this text. I swear, sometimes a Houston book is worse than a trip in Dr. Who’s Tardis!

Overall, this “cozy” is really more dull and boring than cozy. The second murder and its aftereffects are different from any that Houston has created before. However, the majority of its solution just drops into Doc’s and Lew’s laps. All they have to do, essentially, is pick up the body parts and file a report.

Yes, there is an action scene or two with gunplay and a speedboat attack, but, for the most part, this book is just an essay on the effects of bullying. One bully is just learning the skill and the second is a sociopath with many years of successful manipulation under his belt. And the third is a full-fledged psychopath, honed in his craft by one parent who was physically and psychologically abusive and by the other parent who tacitly allowed it to happen.

Essentially, Houston tries to put too much into too few pages. The result is a book that jumps all over the place and, thus, never does justice to any of the myriad plot lines. Too bad, because Houston has her characterizations fully fleshed out and she has created people who feel like friends. And for that reason only do I continue to read her books.
Nightscar
Dead Renegade is the tenth book in Victoria Houston's Lone Lake series of mysteries featuring Dr. Paul Osborne and Chief of Loon Lake police Lewellyn Ferris. It is quite short at 187 pages of wide-spaced text, and it suffers from its brevity. It reads incredibly fast. There is little of the character development that has made the series outstanding. The plot is a conglomeration of possible child molestation, an old murder, the financial crimes of a totally unsympathetic wheeler-dealer, the attempted murder of his wife, and the death of a local bad boy just released from the Wisconsin penal system. None of the crimes are developed in detail; the solution to each is given in a check-it-off-the-list manner that makes it difficult to care about the victims or the process. I am much disappointed in this weak continuation of a good series. I would recommend either the library or waiting for a secondhand copy.
GODMAX
The second book of the Loon Lake series I have read. I will not reiterate the synopsis of the book as other reviews have done. You can find that information in other places. As with the other Loon Lake novel, "Dead Angler" I read, I enjoyed the characters as they live in a small Wisconsin vacation area. It is a short, easy read that does not require much thought on the premise of the novel. The characters continue in a day to day existence with the injection of a murder mystery to solve. I am a fan of Agatha Christie novels and stories. "Dead Renegade" does not cause you to pause and try to solve the mystery as Agatha Cristie's writings do. Having said that, the book is an entertaining and easy read. The book is not a "4", but could not give a "3.5" on the rating scale.
Bludsong
I like this whole series but I like series with recurring characters. There's small town law enforcement solving crimes. There's an element of romance. The author does a good job of developing realistic interpersonal relationships. Many of the books touch on a socially relavent issue.
Hi_Jacker
My husband comes from Milwaukee so he enjoys a touch of home through these books. I like the characters
and the mysteries. The woman , Sheriff, retired dentist and the guy with the hats liven things up. Would recommend
to anyone who like a hit of romance, fishing and murder. One of my favorite authors. Bought thru Amazon.
Chi
Don't know what got me reading this series - after all, I'm not interested in fishing, fly fishing, or muskies - but I've found every story to be interesting and the characters very likeable. I think I've read all of the stories published so far and I've enjoyed each and every one of them - they are a quick read and I find myself learning new things. Very enjoyable!
Galubel
I have really enjoyed all of the Loon Lake Mysteries. This one was a lot shorter than the others but was still very good.
I purchased this novel anticipating a fun, well written story like most of her previous novels have delivered. I was disappointed to find a poorly written book with minimal plot, hardly any character development, and an abrupt, unsatisfying conclusion. I felt as if the author had a severe case of writers' block and sent a half finished manuscipt to the publisher, one that lacked the depth and interest usually prodiced by Victoria Houston.

As I mentioned, the conclusion was the greatest disappointment. It arrived while the story was still only half developed, leaving too much unresolved. The sudden conclusion felt contrived, like it was appended as an afterthought due to contractual obligations.

All in all, not up to par with most of her other books.
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