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Dead Angler (Loon Lake Mystery) by [Houston, Victoria]
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Retired dentist Paul Osborne hasn’t fly fished since his wife died. He hasn’t had a woman tell him what to do since then either. But in the company of Lewellyn Ferris, he’s relearning both. And when he and his lady instructor find a well-dressed body floating in the moonlight, Paul adds deputy to his list of experiences...

Whether the death is accidental -- or accidentally on purpose -- Lewellyn is determined to rell in the truth. She enlists Pail and his walleye-expert buddy, Ray, to help her get to the bottom of the murky mystery. Whoever thought small-town retirement could be this dangerous?

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, Rhinelander, but she has based her popular Loon Lake mystery series in the region's fishing culture.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3387 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I5EMJM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy this genre of mystery, the type that takes place in a small town with quirky local characters and not much blood and guts. This book is the first in the Loon Lake, Lew Ferris Police Chief, fly fishing series.
Although the series touts tough, fly fishing Ms. Lew Ferris as police chief, the book is told through the eyes of retired dentist Dr. Osbourne, who is deputized to be a forensic dentist. Usually in this genre, the story is told through the actual detective. Seeing the mystery unfold second-hand through the dentist's eyes is different, and frankly, not as interesting. His contributions to the clue-finding are tripping over the body and identifying that her gold fillings have been pulled out. For the rest of the clues, the reader must rely on what Chief Ferris chooses to tell him. This is complicated by Dr. Osbourne's developing crush on the police chief.
I don't think this author is as good a writer as, for example, Earlene Fowler (quilting mysteries) or Diane Mott Davidson (culinary mysteries with excellent recipes included). However, if you are desperate for another author who can be relied on to keep to the genre, I would recommend this author, Victoria Houston (the name sounds made up, doesn't it?).
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Sixty-three-year-old Paul Osborne is a retired dentist who wants to learn how to fly-fish. Loon Lake (population 2654) Chief of Police Lewellyn Ferris enjoys fly-fishing at night as a stress reliever from her job. Through the machinations of mutual friends, Paul and Lewellyn go fly-fishing together. The duo enjoys their evening together until the former dentist discovers the body of a dead woman in the river. Paul recognizes the victim as Meredith Marshall, a former patient of his. He believes someone killed her because all her gold fillings were removed. The subsequent autopsy proves Paul's theory is right.

Lewellyn deputizes Paul because she believes his knowledge of the deceased and her friends, relatives, and acquaintances will prove invaluable in the investigation. Paul enjoys his new job, taking it very seriously. An added bonus to Paul is to work with Lew, a woman he is beginning to love. Lew and Paul work well together as if they have been partners for years rather than days. Soon, they find an abundance of suspects who gain financially with Meredith dead.

There are colorful and eccentric charcaters populating DEAD ANGLER with most of them involved with fishing. Readers who prefer their fish either in a restaurant or supermarket exclusively will still enjoy this delightful mystery because Victoria Houston hooks her audience from start to finish. The Great lakes make a wonderful backdrop to fine charcaters and a delightful story line. The well-plotted story line contains many viable suspects while retaining a level of believability that leave readers wondering who the killer actually is. This regional mystery has a powerfully tasty (somewhat fishy) taste to it.

Harriet Klausner
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Never before have I chosen a book because of its cover, but DEAD ANGLER by Victoria Houston had such an interesting one that I couldn't resist. I'm glad I didn't. I always enjoy a novel that tells me about something with which I am not familiar, and this one certainly qualified. In DEAD ANGLER, I not only experienced the unexpected beauty of northern Wisconsin, but I also discovered the fascinating world of fishing, a world populated by a male protagonist who is strong enough to admit his fears and failings, a female chief of police whose hard-headed good sense gives her the courage to live and thrive in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and an eccentric fishing guide you'd love to hang out with for a few weeks. However interesting and quirky Ms. Houston's characters are, she keeps firm control over them, never letting them become caricatures. If you like character driven novels, this one is for you. But beware, you may find yourself hooked.
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I've had this book since it's publication in 2000. I bought it when I lived in Texas, shipped it to Vermont when I moved, and it's been on my bookshelf for nearly four years. I finally picked it up to read the other day, and could kick myself for not reading it sooner.
This is a wonderful first book. It's got a great plot with lots of twists and turns, quirky characters who are easy to like, and, of course, Loon Lake.
Unlike other first-time authors, Houston did not keep secrets from the reader. As the characters found bits and pieces of the puzzle, Houston let us in on them, too.
I'm one of those readers who like to read series in order, and I'm sorry it took me so long to read this because I know I'm going to have a hard time finding "Dead Creek" (2000) and "Dead Water (2001). Rats!
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While I liked retired dentist Paul Osborne, I failed to connect with him. Consequently, I didn't really care what happened to him and the rest of the characters, and I found myself skipping sections of the book. Perhaps I would have become more involved and enjoyed the book more if it had been written in the first person, rather than in third person. Also, I prefer that the protagonist in the books I read be female. Contrary to the cover blurb that indicates the female police chief is the protagonist, the real main character in this book is Paul Osborne. The female character is just an add-on.
I do think readers who really, really enjoy fishing will like this book, as a great deal of time is spent with the characters engaged in fishing or talking about fishing or thinking about fishing.
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