Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Book Review: Dead Rapunzel by Victoria Houston
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Tyrus Books, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it
It's the dead of winter in Loon Lake when a wealthy widow is run down and killed by a logging truck on an icy street. The truck driver insists he saw a man shove the woman into the path of his truck. A lone witness who may have seen the man who shoved the victim is soon found dead--drowned in icy waters where he was ice fishing. Within hours, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris finds herself dealing with malicious family members related to the dead woman, a cache of grisly paintings, and strange disturbances on the land surrounding the widow's contemporary mansion--all of which point to various people who may have wanted her dead.
Lew recruits her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, retired dentist "Doc" Osborne, for his forensic and interrogation skills. Meanwhile, Ray Pradt, ice fishing guide and expert tracker, helps with the initial investigation even as he threatens to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a key witness. Lew's life and career is further complicated when a young woman calls, convinced that Lew is her birth mother.
This was a fun read that introduced me to the Loon Lake series, in which this is the 15th book of the series. Lew is now one of my favorite female characters- she is smart, stubborn and older! You actually get to read about a relationship with characters with grown children, that are dealing with family issues AND romance. Concept! This is a fun mystery that keeps you guessing and second guessing, and if you are looking for a fun Summer read, be sure to pick this one up!
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, Rhinelander, but she has based her popular mystery series in the region's fishing culture. Check out her website for more info on the Loon Lake series!