"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DEAD RENEGADE by Victoria Houston

A Loon Lake Mystery
Bleak House Books

This is the 10th book of the Loon Lake Mystery series, set in a fictional small town in Wisconsin.

In this installment retired dentist Doc Osbourne finds a surprise in the basement of an antique store as he helps his lawyer daughter Erin and her client search for a piece of furniture that was taken to the antique shop in error.  Doc realizes he must contact his girlfriend, chief of police, Lew Ferris, as he acknowledges a crime has definitely been committed.

Also inter-weaved into this story, Doc's granddaughter has been traumatized by something and she is refusing to talk,  a dangerous man from the past has been paroled and returns to Loon Lake, plus a beautiful young woman and her shady husband have moved to Loon Lake and it seems their problems have followed them there.

A bunch of suspicious activity starts to take place and  Doc, along with his friend, fly fisherman extraordinaire, Ray Pradt, have to work together with the chief to try to keep everyone safe and solve the crime wave that has overtaken Loon Lake.  Hopefully there will be time when things settle down for Doc and Lew to spend some quality time together, fly fishing and.......

This is not a newly released book, but one that has been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read pile for awhile. This series has been one of my favorites, I don't think this is the best book in the series but it will not disappoint true fans of Loon Lake.  All the characters we have grown to love and be comfortable with are here.  The only weak point I felt there was in the story was the part about Doc's granddaughter, I think the problem was resolved too quickly, and maybe was a bit unbelievable. With that being said it was still a very enjoyable read. 

This was a book from my private collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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