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Loon Lake, Wisconsin's newly appointed Chief of Police, Lewellyn Ferris, is a tough-as-nails crime fighter and a fly fishing wonder. And when she reels in a dead body, she gets an opportunity to put all her talents to work.
Even though experienced angler Doc Osborne knows there are plenty of fish in the sea--in Loon Lake, Wisconsin, only police chief Lew Ferris qualifies as his catch of the day.But just as the summer is heating up, the town gets turned upside down by the bizarre triple homicide discovered on a backcountry road. . . Peg Garmin was not Loon Lake's most beloved citizen. Considering her ''calling'' in life, no one was completely surprised when she was found murdered in the company of two exotic dancers. . . no one, that is, except for Ray Pradt, Peg's dearest friend.As the team digs into the mystery of her past, they discover some startling connections to one of the wealthiest families in Chicago and to the buried secret that could destroy them. Now Lew, Osborne and Ray must root the skeletons out of the Garmin family closet before Peg's killer becomes the one who got away. . .
Fishing aside, there's nothing Doc likes better than helping Chief of Police Lew Ferris a world-class fly fisherman in her own right delve into Loon Lake's criminal underworld. He's looking for any excuse to spend time with the only woman he knows who likes to fish as much as he does. So bloodthirsty killers and backwoods bandits be damned, Doc will take the quiet risk.
The eleventh book in Victoria Houston's popular Loon Lake mystery series! It's late January at Loon Lake and bodies abound: a woman on snowshoes has been discovered wedged under a wooden bridge on a cross-country ski trail. A day later, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris interviews a couple who alleges that the wife, a former nun, is being stalked. Meanwhile, Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival with problems. Victoria Houstonlives in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
"Gripping, atmospheric, and smart ..."-T. Jefferson Parker. Between a fishing tournament and a biker convention, Loon Lake is flooded with visitors. And for the most part, they're less-than-savoury characters. The million-dollar fishing prize is bringing out the worst in some people and the motorcycle rally is actually a front for a drug operation. To get to the bottom of all this, Doc Osborne agrees to go undercover - as a biker! It only takes a few revs of the engine and a quick taste of chrome to get him hooked.
It's ice-fishing season in Loon Lake and Doc Osborne is trying to cnvince Police Chief and fishing pal Lew Ferris to give it a chance. But fish aren't the only things lurking below the surface. The bodies of two snowmobilers have just been pulled out of nearby Two Sisters Lake. And a beautiful woman's corpse turns up in a snowdrift. Is it payback for a drug deal gone bad? Or is it something more sinister?
The charming resort town of Loon Lake, Wisconsin is once again rocked by murder and retired dentist and fly fisherman Doc Osborne is deputized to help Police Chief Lew Ferris investigate the death of heiress Nolan Reece, whose body is washes ashore on Thanksgiving morning.
In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne. Within hours of launching their investigation, they find themselves faced with a national media circus as Loon Lake becomes the focus of a murderous scenario that links the murder to the race for the U.S. Senate by a woman who is heir to a Northwoods fortune and other, less savory, family traditions. In the meantime, Doc Osborne's eldest daughter, Mallory, enters into a relationship that may put her life at risk--unless her father and Chief Ferris can find the killer stalking the residents of Loon Lake.
Everyone knows the name Hope McDonald--and not just the couple thousand folks in Loon Lake. Her advice column is syndicated worldwide to about eighty million readers.When the wise old woman is found murdered in her home, Chief Lew Ferris can think of more than a few suspects--and calls on Doc Osborne for help.Since Hope was dealing with some desperate souls, Doc and Lew will have to think of the perfect bait to net a cold-blooded killer. . .
When the body of a lovely young woman is found floating beneath a party pontoon on a popular lake in northern Wisconsin on the same morning that a prominent widow is found bludgeoned in her gracious home, Loon Lake Police Chief Lew Ferris is caught short-handed. This is not a problem for Doc Osborne whom she deputizes to act as coroner and to assist with the investigation. Fishing aside, there's nothing Osborne likes better than helping Lew -- a world-class fly fisherman in her own right ? delve into Loon Lake's criminal underworld. They're joined in their efforts to untangle two seemingly unrelated murders by walleye-expert, talented tracker and teller of really bad jokes, Ray Pradt. A charming resort town on the surface, life in Loon Lake turns murky as bank officials soon discover that both victims? accounts have been looted ? along with a dozen others. One grisly development after another further links the two murders even though the victims did not know each other. Wealthy Chicagoans, visiting entrepreneurs and the young denizens of ?Party Cove? complicate the scene. Whoever thought life in the Northwoods could be this dangerous?
Retired dentist Doc Osborne must team up with Chief of Police Lew Ferris to solve a cold case murder and a hot string of burglaries, all while trying to stop a child predator from striking again.
A hot August afternoon and Midwest Clinic CEO John McNeil has been working late. Working on his latest conquest, that is. Jen Williams is twenty-six, in charge of graphics for the hospital's PR division-and quite attractive in a healthy, athletic kind of way. She is quick to laugh and a little too quick to fall for guys. She is no virgin. And she is one of three women-including his wife-intimately familiar with McNeil. When Jen's youthful body is found with a single stab wound through the heart, suspicion falls on both McNeil's wife, who insists she is being stalked, and the striking hospital physician with whom he had just ended an affair. Pressure to find the killer falls on Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris and Dr. Paul "Doc" Osborne, the retired dentist and forensic dental expert whom she has deputized to help with the investigation-when they are not taking a break for fishing and other personal pursuits. When the mayor demands Lew take early retirement-and Doc has to babysit his teenage granddaughter who won't stop texting-the frustrations mount. Desperate for a few hours off-and persuaded by Ray Pradt (a fishing guide who wears a stuffed trout on his head, so they should have known better)-to try fly fishing from kayaks, Doc and Lew find themselves in life-and-death straits on the river. This leads to an unexpected and macabre discovery that just may break the case.
While out kayaking, Paul Osborne discovers the grisly remains of a woman -- whose shoulders bear mysterious bite marks. And just as Lew begins her investigation, another body turns up . . . The second victim was a successful businesswoman from Kansas City, and the evidence indicates she was in Loon Lake for a rendevous with an ex-lover -- a con man who had tried to get his hands on her money. Now, Lew's got two confusing cases -- and a killer who may be more elusive than any fish . . .