Dead Angler

Dead Angler

by Victoria Houston


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Whoever thought small-town retirement could be this dangerous?

Retired dentist Paul Osborne hasn't fly-fished since his wife died. He hasn't had a woman tell him what to do since then either. But in the company of Lewellyn Ferris, he's relearning both. And when he and his lady instructor find a well-dressed body floating in the moonlight, Paul adds "deputy" to his list of experiences...Whether the death is accidental—or accidentally on purpose—Lewellyn is determined to reel in the truth. She enlists Paul and his walleye-expert buddy, Ray, to help her get to the bottom of the murky mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440582196
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Series: A Loon Lake Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 537,641
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

In her teens and twenties, mystery author Victoria Houston was the classic hometown girl who couldn't wait to leave her small Wisconsin town. She has not only returned to her hometown of Rhinelander, but she has based her popular Loon Lake mystery series in the region’s fishing culture. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.

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Dead Angler (Loon Lake Fishing Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
b00kadd1ct More than 1 year ago
Having lived in Wisconsin all my life I first read this book when I was station overseas and feeling homesick. This book cured me. From popular locations to the often eccentric cast of characters, everything painted a perfect picture of the northwoods. I do not typically read mysteries but I found the plot full of suspense that kept me engrossed until the very end. I enjoyed the lack of grizzly murder details that have turned me off from other mysteries while the plot/investigation was very original. This book is great for anyone who has ever visited northen Wisconsin. And you don't even have to like fishing to enjoy the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a fishing enthusiast, and this mystery is marketed to devotees of the sport, I enjoyed this book immensely. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone who appreciates unusual, gifted characterizations and precise,elegant descriptions. The author makes the reader want to experience first-hand the depth and presence of the North Woods, and meet the eminently likeable residents of Loon Lake. Ray Pradt, fishing guide extraordinaire, is a man of many talents and one of the quirkest characters you'll run across. A terrific and suspenseful read. You'll be pining for the next in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book to read. Good story. No sex, not too much language. I'd have paid actual money for this one, so thanks for letting me have it free!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Dead Angler is the first book in the Loon Lake Fishing Mystery. The new book that is coming out soon is Dead Insider. I received Dead Insider to read and review and as I was looking for a little information from it I found that Last year I had gotten Dead Angler. So I decided to read the first book first. I enjoyed Dead Angler. I like the characters in it and look forward to reading Dead Insider next to see what is going on in Loon Lake now. The suspense of the murder kept me guessing. Paul Osborne is a retired dentist. He is a widower with two grown married daughters. He is bored with his life and makes some changes when he was cleaning his garage. He decided to try fly fishing again. He was supposed to meet a fly fisherman who would take him fishing again and show him how to do fly fish. Lewellyn is a strong woman not afraid to be different. She is the Sheriff of Loon Lake. Loves fly fishing. Is willing to teach Paul about fly fishing. She starts by taken him fishing at night. When Paul falls into the river he puts his hands down to get up and finds a arm in the water. He hurries and finds Lew. After they get the body out they figure that she drowned while fishing. Then Doc notices that he knows her and that all her gold fillings are taken out while dead. So it looks like murder. This book was written a few years ago. The only thing that dates it for me are party phone lines and pay phones. No cells. I hardly remember party lines. Ray is his next door neighbor and friend. Ray smoked some weed, not all obeying the law. Especially fishing in private lakes and fishing limits. He is likeable. He can tract and is fishing guide & grave digger. There are a lot of suspects and a close community. It makes you care about the victim and want the guilty party to pay. Publisher: Tyrus Books (August 23, 2011) 276 pages ASIN: B005I5EMJM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had a good pace, and the people was real and down to earth - there was only 270 pages but a lot happen in those pages. You will enjoy readingthis story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was really good and an interesting read. It did have a bit of spelling errors, though. I did enjoy the book so the errors didnt bother me too much.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the library after reading a review on LT (can¿t remember whose) because I¿m looking for some ¿new¿ series mysteries to read next year. I took a break from my Halloween reads yesterday because this is due back soon. This is the first in a series called ¿Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries¿ and the first fiction book written by this author. Unfortunately, it shows in her writing both in character development and in plotting. The story was okay and I rather enjoyed the fishing references (including the fishing ¿lessons¿) since in my youth I was quite fond of fishing. A couple of the characters were well done but many seemed to be caricatures rather than real people. Houston also had the habit of ¿telling the reader information about the characters feelings rather than ¿revealing¿ this information which interfered with the flow of the story.Bottom Line: Obviously I didn¿t hate this book since I stayed up half the night finishing it, but I found it disappointing. It could have been a much better story in the hands of a more experienced mystery writer. I may try to find one the later books in the series (she has done 10 of them so far) to see if she develops the potential she shows in this first effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick easy read. Interesting tidbits relative to fishing, cooking and small towns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done and bravo! I will be reading more of her books in the near future.
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Wow... what a great book! Really worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were times it was difficult to keep track of the 'players', otherwise well written. Somewhat disappointed in how it ended, left with the feeling that some things were left undone. Look forward to reading another work of this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Jack i kinda sent my girlfriend and a few others to look for more suvivors shod i go look for..... ill go look for them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reses are getting messed up.
squeeter2 More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a book to hold me spellbound, but I did finish it. Misspellings and other errors lowered my opinion of the quality of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how the characters weren't young & beautiful. they were older & average. good story revolving around normal people
emg1 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and would read another by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only like realy sexy books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding, well done and very entertainng
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly as it sounds, I decided to read this book the night after I watched "A River Runs Through It". The book of course only has fly fishing in common but that's the only reason I actually read it. I will say I like the characters in the book and the book was better then I anticipated. Lew, Doc, and Ray were great characters. Read the book, give it a chance, it might surprise you. There are a few editing error but not enough to make it hard to read. Also remember you got this book for free.