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Dead Boogie by Victoria Houston
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If you like fishing and sayings about fishing, this series is for you to enjoy. ( )
  csobolak | Dec 7, 2016 |
Quick enjoyable read with interesting and memorable major characters. Even more interesting to someone, which I am not ,who is into fishing.. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 14, 2014 |
great north central wisconsin mystery and drama. main characters are awesome and believable! ( )
  joefilak | Dec 20, 2012 |
The police department in Loon Lake WI doesn’t have a lot of resources – but Chief Lewellyn Ferris has a handful of trusted part-time deputies she can call on when she needs to. That includes Paul “Doc” Osborne, a retired dentist who knows forensic dentistry and people, and Ray Pradt, a hunky fishing guide who’s also an expert tracker and crime-scene photographer.

Lew calls on Doc and Ray when three women are found shot to death in an overturned car on an abandoned road. Ray is stunned to find out one of the victims is Peg Garmin, an old family friend he was half in love with as a kid. Ray, in turn, calls in a favor from Gina Palmer, an investigative reporter, so she can use her skills to help them find the killer.

Most folks think the victims’ lifestyles (Peg is a high-priced call girl; the other two women are strippers) have something to do with their deaths. That’s irrelevant to Lew and her deputies, who use good, old fashioned police work to check out those who may have had a motive for wanting the women dead. As it turns out, everyone they talk to has a piece of the puzzle and it’s only by putting everything together that the heartbreaking picture becomes clear.

Dead Boogie is the best mystery I’ve read in a long time. Victoria Houston is laser-focused on the investigation, keeping the plot moving at a steady pace, uncovering family secrets, building to a satisfying conclusion -- and the characters still carve out time for fishing. With a very light hand, the author also makes it clear that it’s easy to stereotype women who work in what people believe are unwholesome occupations when the reality of their lives is much more complex. The developing relationship between Lew and Doc will satisfy readers who like mixing mystery with romance but not put off purists.

By Diana. First published in the Cozy Library, April 21, 2006

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  NewsieQ | Jan 21, 2011 |
Just as the summer in Loon Lake is heating up, the town gets turned upside down by the bizarre triple homicide discovered on a back country road.
  CollegeReading | Mar 5, 2008 |
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Just as the summer in Loon Lake is heating up, the town gets turned upside down by the bizarre triple homicide discovered on a backcountry road.

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Doc Osborne and police chief Lew Ferris hook up again to solve the murder of one of Loon Lake's citizens. When they start digging into the background of the victim they find some startling connections to one of the wealthiest families in Chicago. Osborne and Ferris wonder if the secret they have uncovered will destory the family.… (more)

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