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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935562614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935562610
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In Loon Lake, Wisconsin, a woman is murdered, her body discovered under a bridge. But Lew Ferris, chief of police, has his mind on another case—a local woman claims she’s being stalked. Is the woman, a former nun with possible psychological problems, imagining it, or is someone really terrorizing her? The latest Loon Lake mystery, like its predecessors, depends on its characters to propel readers through the story: Lew, Doc Osborne, likable Ray Pradt (who, in this book, is angling for a part on a new reality TV show about ice fishermen), and the newcomers, alleged stalker victim Patience Schumacher and her husband, Charles Mason. The nice thing about the book is that fans of the series will enjoy reuniting with some old friends, and newcomers can jump right in and have a great time. Mysteries set in small midwestern towns (Mary Logue’s Claire Watkins novels and William Kent Kreuger’s Cork O’Connor series, among others) have become a definite trend. Recommend Houston to fans of this thriving subgenre. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"...Houston does an outstanding job of crafting a good plot and entangling her rural protagonists in real-life situations." --Library Journal


More About the Author

Victoria Houston: A Biographical Sketch


She is the author of the Loon Lake Mystery Series -- DEAD ANGLER, DEAD CREEK, DEAD WATER, DEAD FRENZY, DEAD HOT MAMA, DEAD JITTERBUG, DEAD BOOGIE, DEAD MADONNA, DEAD HOT SHOT, DEAD RENEGADE. DEAD DECEIVER, DEAD TEASE and DEAD INSIDER, thirteenth in the series, will be published in June 2013 in hardcover, trade paperback and as an eBook from Tyrus Books. The mysteries are set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin against a background of fishing - fly fishing as well as fishing for muskie, bass, bluegill and walleyes.

Houston's mystery series was featured in a story on the front page of The Wall Street Journal (January 20, 2004) and on NPR's "Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan" (February 2, 2006). Both can be seen/heard on the website: www.victoriahouston.com.

She has also written six non-fiction books. An award-winning author specializing in family issues, Houston's non-fiction books include the highly recommended ALONE AFTER SCHOOL: A Self-Care Guide for Latchkey Children and Their Parents (Prentice Hall, 1985); the national bestseller, LOVING A YOUNGER MAN: How Women Are Finding and Enjoying a Better Relationship (Contemporary Books (1987); Pocket Books (1988); MAKING IT WORK: Finding the Time and Energy For Your Career, Marriage, Children and Self (Contemporary Books, 1990) -- which was published by Simon & Schuster's Fireside imprint in August 1991 as a trade paperback titled MAKING IT WORK: Creative Solutions For Balancing Your Career, Marriage, Children And Personal Life. Houston co-authored RESTORE YOURSELF: A Woman's Guide to Reviving Her Libido and Passion for Life (The Berkley Publishing Group/2001) with Dr. James Simon, a Past President of the North American Menopause Society.

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A few words from the author:

I was born and raised in Rhinelander, WI, in the heart of the fishing culture that backgrounds my mysteries. I grew up fishing for walleye and bluegills and muskie - and when I turned fifty, I learned to fly fish!

I've always had an aptitude for writing (not singing, for sure as the nuns at St. Mary's told me to "just move your lips") and won a full scholarship to Bennington College in Vermont. Went on to have three children, marry and divorce twice. My second husband was 9 years younger, hence my non-fiction book, LOVING A YOUNGER MAN, which I wrote 25 years ago. We broke up for reasons that had nothing to do with the age difference.

After a decade of magazine and newspaper feature writing - the source of my non-fiction books -- I directed promotion and publicity for Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate during which time I had the privilege of working with outstanding writers and cartoonists such as Abigail Van Buren, Gary Larson, Erma Bombeck and Garry Trudeau. Later I joined Jane Mobley Associates, a public relations firm based in Kansas City.

I moved back to Rhinelander in 1996 (having been gone for over 30 years) where I now hunt, fish and write mysteries. Over the years, I have published 23 books - a fact that surprises the hell out of me as I never finished college. I am just starting my 14th Loon Lake Mystery.

My influences are the happenings in the world around me and I continue to be a fanatic newspaper reader devouring The New York Times and Wall Street Journal daily. My favorite authors are Willa Cather, Edith Wharton (Rhinelander is named after her uncle who brought the railroad through in late 1800s), early Hemingway and early John Updike, Raymond Chandler and Ross Thomas. Growing up I was an avid Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie fan. Oh, and G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown series, too. I also enjoy biographies such as the one about Steve Jobs. And poetry! I don't think I could get through the day without some Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few.

I love movies -- Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, The Descendants, Pulp Fiction and Gone With the Wind - and music. I'm currently listening to Calexico, Avett Brothers and Sea Wolf. Other favorites range from Elvis, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Adele, Emmy Lou Harris and Aimee Mann. Classical music and jazz round out my listening.

When it comes to the books, I have always worked on a Mac and just treated myself to an iPad. When not writing, I run, play tennis and do Pilates. Oh, and I fish!!

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Frequently Asked Questions from Readers:

What is the working title of your next book? Dead Lil' Hustler

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Based on crimes occurring in the national forests across the country. Too soon to say more. The title comes from a fishing lure.

What genre does your book fall under? Mystery: police procedural.

What is the one sentence synopsis for the book? Murder, mayhem and fishing in northern Wisconsin.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am published by Tyrus Books, the crime fiction imprint of F&W Publishing/Adams Media.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A book always takes me a full year from notes to final draft as I revise every scene as I go along.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? Fear. As in the need to make a living.
Seriously, my books are drawn from the memories I have growing up in this wonderful, gorgeous country - the lakes, the pines, the eagles and the wolves.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? I make my books easy to read and great escapes from the everyday world.

Customer Reviews

Characters were one dimensional and not at all interesting.
Daphne reads-&-reads
Though I wanted to finish the book in one reading I reeled myself in and strung the book out over several nights.
Kris Jenkins
The mystery was good and the interplay between the characters was fun.
Kathy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Headley on June 20, 2011
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Dead Deceiver is a vast improvement over her last effort (Dead Renegade) which felt like it was written by an amateur ghostwriter. Dead Deceiver delivers interesting, reasonably well-developed characters, especially the recurring protagonists. The plot is interesting and well thought out, offering twists to keep readers on their toes. Tension builds pleasantly, as in most of her previous efforts. The conclusion is allowed to develop without feeling forced or contrived. An enjoyable read and a relief after Dead Renegade.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Retired Librarian on March 11, 2011
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Hooray, Houston is back! After her last book, Dead Renegade, with its somewhat thin, convoluted plot, this latest book in the Loon Lake mystery series is back on track. All the regular characters (Lew, Doc Osborne, Ray Pradt) become involved with a shooting tied to a stalker and email hacker. The story moves quickly, my only wish was that there had been a fishing interlude. You may want to finish this one in one sitting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobbrun on March 14, 2011
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The reason that I fell in love with this series is because of the descriptive fishing throughout. In the last two books (this one included), Lew and Doc haven't even picked up a rod and reel. Thus, in my opinion, Ms. Houston has become a live deceiver...little play on words...for not sticking to her original fishing themes. The books have become just another mystery series, albeit a good one, but not up to my expectations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roxyrella on August 22, 2011
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One of my favorite things about my Kindle is the ability to download free/special offer books from authors I might not try if I had to purchase at cover price. I downloaded this book for free and am very thankful for that. While the book has a strong attention grabbing start, the characters, of which there are far too many, are poorly developed and uninteresting. The book was filled with boring details about the characters that does little to draw the reader in. Sadly, quite a disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daphne reads-&-reads on November 21, 2011
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Dialogue was choppy and unrealistic. Characters were one dimensional and not at all interesting. It was very easy to figure out who the murderer was. There were no twists or turns or action. There were a lot of typos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr john on June 16, 2012
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I have liked this author's books in the past, but this is the last one for me -- it seems like a piece of junk to me -- in one place, a paragraph and a half at the end of one chapter is repeated in the start of another. a large proportion of this book is lifted from other books as well. This author is just too full of herself and can't bother to get out of the de dah de dah de dah de dah style, nor to proofread. She has become a victim of her own success, and it is a shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quagmire on August 9, 2011
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The Kindle editing was TERRIBLE - there were typos every few pages, and some sections of text were copied and pasted from one chapter to another. The book held little or no mystery since the bad characters in the book were cast as shifty from their first introduction. You could tell who the good people and the bad people were supposed to be so there was no guessing. The characters were supposed to be quaint, but were very boring. I grew up in the country, but I don't hold a conversation like I'm part of the Andy Griffith show, like the characters in this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kris Jenkins on May 15, 2011
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I am so hooked on Doc, Lew, Ray that I start missing them soon after I read the last page. Dead Deceiver netted me in with the first paragraph, I was there, strapping on my snow shoes. Though I wanted to finish the book in one reading I reeled myself in and strung the book out over several nights. The fast pace, teasing romance and fanciful characters will keep you wishing for more. Thanks, Victoria!
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