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Dead Frenzy (Loon Lake Mystery Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Houston
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Book Description

For fishing pals, (or are they more than just pals?) Doc Osborne and Police Chief Lew Ferris, Loon Lake, Wisconsin, is usually a great place to seek out some mutual solitude in the trout stream. But lately, the town has been teeming with competitive bass fisherman and bikers, too many less-than-savory characters. Meanwhile, there's an old murder case Doc's bent on solving even as he himself is stalked by a mysterious visitor.

Editorial Reviews


"Gripping, atmospheric, and smart . . ."
-- T. Jefferson Parker

About the Author

Victoria Houston, a writer and editor, is the author of the book Loving a Younger Man.

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  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (July 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G14K5E
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all of Victoria Houstons books and believe this is the best yet. There are a lot of suprises and twists to this book. You had best pay attention or you will miss something. I really enjoy all of her books with their intrigue. Her books keep your attention and I have difficulties puting them down. I would certainly recommend this book or any of her others. You do not have to be a person who loves fishing, but some interest in it adds to the pleasure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and intruigue in the north woods March 9, 2003
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This book was excellent. The characters are even deeper and the settings are very realistic. While I'm reading the Loon Lake mysteries, I feel like I'm there, seeing everything first hand. Lew is my favourite character and i like the way that Ms Houston gives her insecurities and dooubts along with conviction and courage. Ray is more fun with each book and Doc osbourne's crush on Lew is very sweet. I hope there are many more Loon Lake books in the near future!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loon Lake isn't boring; neither is DEAD FRENZY 2/16/03 February 16, 2003
By L. Hirt
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DEAD FRENZY is the 4th Loon Lake Fishing mystery series by Victoria Houston staring retired, widowed dentist Doc Osborn & Police Chief Lew Ferris. Life is anything but boring in Loon Lake. Things get kind of crazy when a fishing tournament & a biker convention convene at the same time. Lots of people have descended on the town including those who used to live and work there; not all are there for simple fun. Ray, Doc's unorthodox friend and neighbor, is hired as a bodyguard for one of the visiting VIPs; he might get his chance of a fishing TV show yet. Once Osborne is deputized, they have their hands full trying to make sure there is no cheating during the million dollar tournament & dealing with the possibility of drug deals with the bikers. The paramedics have had to rescue a few kids with similar symptoms. Has Ecstacy found its way to the Loon Lake area? Then they have to figure out why bikes are being sold cheaply. Doc gets quite involved when he goes undercover as a biker-once he learns how to ride one. (He discovers he likes riding a bike.) On top of all that, someone is making obscene phone calls from his office to his women patients, & one of Doc's daughters, Erin, is having trouble with her marriage. She is especially worried because her husband bought one of the bikes. Osborn's neighbor, Brenda Anderle, has the hots for him, but Chief Ferris would be his first choice. He's really not sure how to tell her he isn't interested. Last but not least, Doc would like to solve an old murder case he feels the wrong person was convicted of.
If you haven't read the other books, don't worry you don't have to read them in order.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Retired Dentists Get Into! May 5, 2003
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This fourth in the series proves that practice improves an already good series! As a past visitor to Rhinelander, WI and the Northwoods, Houston's stories are always interesting and accurately portray the little bergs in my state.
As an avid mystery/suspense reader AND a registered dental hygienist in Green Bay, I appreciate Houston's knowledge of dentistry and enjoy her references to it in her books. The fly fishing quotes at the beginning of each chapter are great, as are her descriptions of fly fishing. I have lessons in my list of goals to accomplish just from reading her descriptions!
She has managed to put contaminated streams from mining operations, Indian Gaming Casinos, etc., all issues in the local news, in her previous books in accurate detail. I loved the Fishing Tournament in this book, but hope she uses the Harley Rally again so she can develop that story line!
I was one of six people privliged to have dinner with the author as the result of winning a contest in the Green Bay Press Gazette a couple of years ago. What a fun evening! Houston is even more interesting than her characters! I can't wait for the next one in the series to be published so I can tell all my patients about it, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Frenzy October 2, 2005
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Excellent reading couldn't put the book down. Now a series of books by Victoria Houston. A very likable cast of charactors. A edge of your seat type book. I recommend all of the books by the author, in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is a Great Catch! October 7, 2006
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In the 4th book in the Loon Lake Fishing mystery series, the small town of Loon Lake, Wisconsin, is soon to be flooded with crowds of people. Hosting both a million dollar bass tournament and a motorcycle rally, the chief of police, Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris, has resigned herself to working long hours with little time for fly-fishing.

On one of their last fishing trips before the crowds converge on Loon Lake, Lew and her close friend, Doc Osborne, find a woman in her car suffering from a drug overdose. Lew knows that there is a DEA investigation underway in the area, and quickly becomes part of the investigating team. She deputizes Doc again to help in the case, and he goes undercover as a newbie Harley owner. During this investigation, Lew and Doc stumble over a tournament contestant with cheating in his plans, and they being to wonder how far someone would go to get the million dollar prize money. If this wasn't enough to keep them busy, an old murder/suicide case resurfaces, and working along with their good friend, Ray Pradt, the dynamic duo puts away the crime-ring intent on bringing evil into their peaceful hometown.

This is a great series! I originally picked up the first installment when my son returned from a visit with relatives in Wisconsin, and was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the series right away. Lew, Doc, and Ray are vivid, vibrant characters that seem to live right among the pages in these cleverly written books. I love the way that they work together, and I love the suspense regarding the growing relationship between Lew and Doc. The plots in each of the books slowly unfold, and will leave you guessing to the very end. This is a great addition to the cozy genre!

The first book in the series is called "Dead Water". Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Just one of a series.
I have read all 14 books in this series and find them to be captivating and compelling reading. Hopefully, there will be more coming.
Published 18 days ago by David A Reising
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the books. Great mystery, no sex of foul language.
Published 3 months ago by karen stuchel
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. These stories remind me of the old Murder She Wrote show. I think these would make great made-for-television movies.
Published 4 months ago by Wendy S. Mosley
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick entertaining read.
If you read these in order you will wonder who or how many people have really written the books. Things like the dispatcher's name is Marlene then in a few later books her name is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by deborah noland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish, motorcycles, drugs, and murder.
A well-told tale of a retired dentist, his friendship with the woman who is police chief, and their solution of murders recent and past. Read more
Published 7 months ago by reader585
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read they are getting better and better through this ...
Great read they are getting better and better through this series
The characters are really defined
Now and this story was great.
Can't wait to start the next book
Published 7 months ago by Susan Becker
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters But Bad Plotline Execution
Doc Osborne does not, in the first chapter, find a body while fishing, as he usually does. What he finds in that first chapter is his daughter, Erin, on his doorstep, distraught... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Island River Scribe
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow at times
Victoria spends too much time reminding readers of what happened in previous books. When she finally gets to the mystery part she rushes right through it, building little... Read more
Published 10 months ago by SCBecky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, very s imilar in quality to all her stories.
Basically, an effort to do detective stories without having a violent godless hero like Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers and Co. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Scriven
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I discovered this author by accident and I ' m now in the process of reading the series. I truly enjoy the very real characters. I 'm always anxious to get back to the story . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Connie Philbrick
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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:

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.


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!!


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.

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