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Dead Insider (A Loon Lake Mystery) Paperback – June 18, 2013
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"By the end of Houston's...enjoyable 13th mystery set in Loon Lake, Wis., ...practically everyone in the small fishing town seems to have pitched in on a murder investigation. Lew makes for a satisfyingly quick-witted sleuth." - Publishers Weekly
"Framed by the developing romantic relationship between Doc and Lew, the story is populated with sympathetic, well-drawn main and secondary characters who epitomize the importance of friendship and neighborliness. Houston also delivers beautiful descriptions of the bucolic setting, along with plenty of sharply rendered fly-fishing scenes." - Booklist
"Author Victoria Houston has a flair for demonstrating the scenic background, the locals, and of fleshing out her protagonists and secondary characters. Additionally, the mystery itself is tautly plotted, and contains certain twists and denouements which will intrigue and gratify readers who 'love a good mystery.'" - GMA Literary Community blog
"I have never before encountered so many accurately portrayed, professional protocols in one book.... Also, Houston's nuances are admirable.... This is superb reading - but you really need to go there, or at least read more in the series with an intriguing ensemble cast inspired by people the author remembers from her childhood." - Bookpleasures.com
"There is so much to like about Victoria Houston's new novel, Dead Insider, I almost don't know where to begin. Those who usually don't like cozies...should stop immediately and read the first 10 pages.... That's all it will take. Like a fish on the line, they will be hooked." - Killer Nashville Book of the Day
"I found the plot to be well written and had a realistic vibe. The book had the perfectly believable small community feel. The plot flowed well and there were no lags. I am hooked on this series after reading my first book and will certainly be reading more of Ms. Houston's books." – Sally's Creative Corner
"It takes a lot of effort and ability to make all the characters so real and relatable. Filled with politics, country traditions, and good old fashion mystery, this novel will sweep readers up in its lies and deceits until the truth is laid bare." – Book Vacations blog
"The main characters are back plus some new ones to enjoy. The Mystery keeps you guessing almost all the way through the book. It is a clean read. Some beautiful scenery that makes you want to go fishing." - Readalot blog
"Houston nails the small rural town: its labyrinthine connections between long-time residents; their camaraderie; and the fundamental decency of [most] of its citizens and their ability to deal with even the most shocking crimes in this engaging series." --Alfred Hitchock's Mystery Magazine
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Retired dentist Dr. Paul Osborne was hoping for a quiet summer to spend with his visiting daughter Mallory and her new boyfriend but the homicide once again has Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris calling in Paul as acting coroner and dental forensics expert. Paul's best friend Ray Pradt, the six-foot-six man-of-all-(legal and illegal)-trades also helps out with his tracking skills and knowledge of Loon Lake. That Paul is dating Lew only makes things all the more entertaining in this very nepotistic and isolated northern Wisconsin town.
The heir to the enormously wealthy lumber baron family and daughter of a Senator herself, Jane was known for making enemies. Only weeks earlier she had fired her childhood friend Kaye Lund as the estate caretaker in an argument that culminated in threats to expose secrets long kept hidden. Even Jane's ambitious campaign manager seems more than willing to step in to take over while Mallory's boyfriend Kenton Harriman has his own public relations ambitions.
The joy in reading the Loon Lake Mysteries comes from getting reacquainted with the Loon Lake residents and the ever-entertaining exchanges between Paul, Lew, and Ray.Read more ›
The premise is usually interesting. In this one, the campaign of a candidate for U.S. senator is rocked when, after a heavy rain, human body parts turned up wrapped in packages the resemble how venison is wrapped. While that sounds gory, the book certainly is not at all gruesome.
I really love the Wisconsin Northwoods setting and the recurring cast of characters, too. Doc, Lew the Chief of Police, Ray Pradt, and all the others have become a group I love returning to visit with, every year, in these Loon Lake books.
A wealthy senatorial candidate from Loon Lake is murdered and unusual circumstances lead to the discovery of the murder.
Doc's daughter Mallory and an unlovable guest are in town for a visit, and he keeps trying to push his unwelcome presents into the investigation.
A friend of Ray and Doc is a natural suspect but both men refuse to believe that this person could intentionally hurt another human being.
Time, intelligence and luck bring together the answers to this horrendous murder.
The murder isn't discovered unit almost halfway through the book, and then the identity of the killer is almost instantaneously obvious. Tip: If Doc Osborne likes or feels sympathy for a character, that isn't the killer. There were no surprises.
Also, if you're not into fly fishing--as one character says, I couldn't tell a walleye from a wallaroo--some parts of the book are eminently skippable. All in all, I found it a waste of my time, and of even the $1.99 I paid for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual, Ms. Houston comes up with another winner! Chief Ferris, Doc Osborne and Ray save the day again!
Loon Lake is safe!
stories are quite tempt except the victim is always known on the first few pages. I don't care about that,it's how the story winds up and down.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoy the characters in the Loom Lake series. You become invested in their safety and happiness. The mysteries will keep you guessing.Published 11 months ago by Kitty Von Doenhoff
Love the Loon Lake Mystery series. Feels like you are "Up North" in Wisconsin and immersed in the local environment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by dc
It's just okay. A bit more dramatic than a cozy but no where near a Jonathan Kellerman murder mystery. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Trinity Cause
Love the north woods setting. Would read another book before making a commitment to read the entiree series.Published 13 months ago by Jim on Indian