Item description for Dead Hot Shot (Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries) by Victoria Houston...
Ninth in the Loon Lake Mysteries
Murder never takes a holiday... 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. By the end of the day, credit card theft and dysfunctional families have so muddied the waters that not even expert tracker and dedicated fishing guide, Ray Pradt, can hope to fish the final day of muskie season. And while retired dentist, Doc Osbornse, had counted on sitting by the fire with Lew (out of uniform) and planning a fly fishing trip to Wyoming--the unexpected arrival of Gina Palmer, former investigative reporter turned forensics database expert, ramps up the action with her pursuit of a Canadian link to the theft of merchandise from stores across the upper Midwest.
Dead Hot Shot, ninth in the Loon Lake Mystery series, is a heady mix of murder, mayhem and fishing in the northwoods of Wisconsin.
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Publisher Bleak House Books
ISBN 193255775X ISBN13 9781932557756
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More About Victoria Houston
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 mystery series on the region's fishing culture.
Victoria Houston currently resides in Rhinelander Rhinelander Rhin. Victoria Houston was born in 1945.
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Another Hot Mystery Sep 12, 2008
Retired dentist Paul Osborne was hoping for a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday with his daughter and ladylove Police Chief Llewellyn "Lew" Ferris despite his irritating houseguests, neighbors who have overstayed their welcome by five weeks during their home renovation. Unfortunately, the drowned body of social royalty Nolan Reece washes ashore just after her daughter's engagement party and Lew finds that she also has her hands full investigating a rash of credit card fraud incidents that all seem to be tied to their small Wisconsin town. After deputizing Osborne and more reluctantly, unlikely ladies' man and fishing guide/entrepreneur/everything else Ray Pradt, the three begin investigating the secrets of the Reece family and focus on Nolan's husband's and daughter's lack of bereavement over her death. Doc as well attempts to help two young Indian girls who seem oppressively employed by their foster mother and owner of Mildred's Food Shop, and when violence occurs it's not surprising that in this small town events will intertwine and lead towards a tragic conclusion. Once again Houston returns to the comfortable and always engaging Loon Lake setting, where the characters continue to be as enjoyable and entertaining as they are familiar. Readers will revel in the advancement of the relationship between Osborne and Lew, as well as the hilariously awkward and definitely unwanted advancements by Osborne's married houseguest. Osborne has finally moved past most of his resentment towards his overbearing late wife, and he and daughters are learning to develop healthy relationships with one another. This is a fast, breezy, and satisfying read in a continually enjoyable series. As always, Houston writes with charm and humor, and her reliable cast of characters is a joy to observe.
Another hit! Sep 1, 2008
Another hit for VIctoria Houston.
Murder and family secrets abound in Loon Lake and with the help of Doc, Ray and Gina, Chief Ferris is hot on the trail.
You won't be disappointed.
I love these characters. Makes we wish I could live in Loon Lake.
Hooked Again Aug 26, 2008
I'm hooked again on the latest Loon Lake Mystery. I have all nine books in the series, all keepers. There's nothing better than finding out what Lew Farris, Doc Osborne and Ray Pradt are up to in their latest adventure. Murder, mayhem and raccoons in Wisconsin's northwoods.
Another Great Loon Lake Mystery! Aug 25, 2008
I won't repeat the plot of Dead Hot Shot, but will heartily endorse the earlier reviewer's five-star review of this latest entry in the excellent Loon Lake Mystery Series. The book has two well-realized and likable main characters--police chief "Lew" Ferris and her lover and part-time deputy, Doc Osborne; a great cast of supporting players; a well-written and absorbing mystery; and, of course, the wonderful ambience of small-town life in Loon Lake, Wisconsin. What more could a reader ask for. Highly recommended, as are the previous books in this series.
Dead Hot Shot Aug 9, 2008
Thanksgiving is a holiday for family and friends, relaxing after dinner, and just all around good food and fun. Chief of Police Lew Ferris plans for a peaceful Thanksgiving with Doc Osborne, retired dentist and part time deputy. Doc plans for an early dinner with his family and then a later a leisurely dinner with Lew and hopefully dessert in front of the fire and thoughts of future plans.
First, the death of a local resident intervenes. Nolan Reece is found dead down by her dock early on Thanksgiving. This is just the first of many tragic incidents to happen on this holiday. Lew's coroner is out of town and she finds it necessary to call Doc in to work. Nolan's husband and daughter seem to have strange reactions to Nolan's death which raises questions in Lew and Doc's minds.
Soon another local person is found dead and there is no doubt this one is a murder. Ray Pradt is called in to help out and then Gina Palmer, former investigative reporter arrives in town. Gina is working on a case of credit card theft that may have links to Canada and she soon discovers links to Loon Lake as well.
Most of the characters from the previous Loon Lake Mystery series are on hand and the reader meets a few other residents of the area. The scenery is stunning and the mystery is one that kept this reader on edge. It is not necessary to have read the previous Loon Lake Mysteries to enjoy this one but I would highly recommend latching onto the whole series.