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Dead Rapunzel

(A Loon Lake Mystery #15)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A Los Angeles Times Page-Turner

"...populated with sympathetic, well-drawn characters... ouston also delivers beautiful descriptions of the bucolic setting, along with plenty of sharply rendered fly-fishing scenes." --Booklist

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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Gallery Books (first published May 1st 2015)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I have a heck of a lot of ARC's on my iPad so I thought I would try to bring the number down a bit by random pick a book. If it is any good will I read it, but if it's bad and/or I can't seem to get into the story, will I DNF since life is way to short and I have too many books to read to waste on crappy books.

A woman is pushed before a truck and the local police must find out who killed her. Since she is a rich widow with stepchildren are there enemies close to her, but who is cold-blooded enou
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 15 in the "Loon Lake" series.
In this book, the setting is one of my favs....a snowy, icy blustery winter. A lady standing on the street gets pushed from behind and into the road and is then hit by a logging truck. The man who hit her says that he saw a man come up behind the lady and give her a shove. Another witness who saw the face of the man who shoved the lady turns up dead.
The lady who was killed was very rich, loaded with money left to her from her deceased husband. Was the
Eileen Lynx
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like reading about ice fishing but I don’t think I’ll ever try it. Very good story.
This is probably the best entry, other than the first, in the long running Loon Lake series, but be aware that the book's promo is partially inaccurate. In fact, three different sentences in that promo are either misleading or totally false.

First, we have the sentence that says, “A lone witness…is soon found dead – drowned in icy waters…” He is definitely found dead; that part is true. But he did not drown, not even close.

Secondly, the promo states: “Meanwhile, Ray Pradt…helps… even as he threat
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a quick read with very likeable characters. Never having read this author before, I find that her other books in this series of which this was 15, are worth checking out. It was entertaining and kept my attention.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Intriguing murder mystery with an interesting cast of characters. I plan to get book #1 of Victoria Houston's Loon Lake mystery series and get to know these characters better.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: Dead Rapunzel was an amazing crime investigation novel based on a true story. It featured Llewelyn as the chief of the police in Loon Lake, Wisconsin. It really conveyed how it is to investigate a crime in the winters of the midwest.

Plot Summary: An extremely wealthy man named Philip passes away after getting cancer twice. His fortune went to his current wife Rudd, and she wants to take his money and build a museum for everyone to remember him by. Then a logging truck hit Rudd
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Rapunzel, the 15th addition to Victoria Houston's Loon Lake mystery series, is a fast read. The dependable characters, Lew Ferris, Doc Osborne, and Ray Pradt find themselves in the middle of solving 2 murders in the dead of winter. A wealthy widow is run down by a logging truck. An eye witness to the accident is found a day later submerged in the frozen lake. Property rights, family dynamics, and money are wrapped up in this investigation. There is always time for fishing in a Loon Lake Mys ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this one.

As someone who has never written a book, I always feel a bit guilty criticizing an author's work, especially someone who isn't a "big name" and may have a greater chance of seeing my words. I appreciate that books are a labor of love and hate to be a downer.

However, as a reader, this one didn't grab me despite a promising plot. The writing felt clunky, and it seemed like there was too much telling and not enough showing. I got to page 40 and then decided the book felt m
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give this 2.5 *'s. A quick and easy read. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that this book is well down the list in a series. Didn't seem to make any difference, though. I may try to start at the beginning sometime in the future but I'm not in a hurry. I did appreciate that it was a pg type book. Just a nice, quiet read here in the midwest where the temps are frigid & the nights are long. ...more
A wealthy widow gets run over by a logging truck on a very cold winter day. But the logger says she was pushed and a young worker at the cafe recalls seeing an old man run by. Chief Ferris and her team have to figure out what is going on.

Doesn't take a lot of thinking. A nice procedural. A nice, comforting read and includes things about fly fishing and ice fishing.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most excellent 5 star read! So enjoy this series!
Stan Bilik
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read all previous loon lake novels and this is one of the best.
Sania-Tasnim Basher
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was pretty much predictable. Not much excitement.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wplc-holdings
winter, ice fishing, logging truck runs down woman who is part of a nutsy family but she was pushed - who was wearing the Halloween mask?
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
First novel by Houston I have read. Enjoyed the setting, characters & the plot. ...more
Susan Fetterer
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dead Rapunzel is the third selection of the Moveable Feast's 2016 year-long roster of mysteries written by Twin Cities/regional authors. This is NOT the story of the fairy tale Rapunzel's later years, ending with her demise. It would appear that a Rapunzel is a rather complex, hand-tied mechanism used to lure walleye to their death.
A small town in northern Wisconsin provides the setting for a linear cast of characters loosely connected to a death which may or may not have been an accident, who h
Jul 10, 2015 added it
Meh. I picked this up at the library because of the title and the setting. I was less than impressed with the writing, the character development and really, the editing. So much repetition, so much stilted dialogue. Seemed like there were an awful lot of people in the room when they were supposedly searching the house, but ended up looking at a collection of fishing rods. I doubt that would happen. But the mystery was actually not bad. Could have easily nixed that last page, though. We didn't ne ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect vacation read...especially while in the Northwoods! The clerk at the bookshop on the main drag in Eagle River, WI suggested the Loon Lake series to me when I asked for some good fiction featuring the region. The author is from the area, and she vividly (and accurately) describes life in small town northern WI. The style is similar to Sue Grafton's alphabet series - a light (but not shallow) and entertaining murder mystery. I finished this book in two days while lounging on the porch at m ...more
Linda Spyhalski
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I always love Victoria Houston's books. She was born and raised in my hometown Rhinelander, Wisconsin. I believe this is her seventeenth mystery all named after fly fishing baits and set in the Rhinelander area. Her characters are just like those lake folks that I remember as a child. Except, of course, the bad guys who murder some innocent person. There is nothing quite so special as reading a book written by an author who lived just down the road from you (in her summer cabin) and that you run ...more
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging mystery with delightful, almost poetic, writing, especially when describing either a deep fishing hole or the wonderful Northwoods, makes this a perfect book for a quiet evening. The characters are well developed and true-to-life. While all of Houston's books have interesting plots, this one had a particularly devious twist and unique aspects which made the puzzle all that more intriguing for the reader. I highly recommend any book in this series, though this one is particularly outs ...more
Sylvia Feicht
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Latest in the Loon Lake mystery series, has Lew (police chief) and her friend Dr. Osborne (retired dentist) discovering the pedestrian hit by Mack truck was no accident. They begin a search for the killer and the suspects are plenty. The love of fly fishing is throughout this book, but doesn't hinder the mystery.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really fun read! Victoria Houston is a master at weaving in the subtle language used in northern Wisconsin, and although Loon Lake is a fictitous place, the fact that it is surrounded by real cities gives the reader the opportunity to visualize their favorite town "up north" as being Loon Lake. My only complaint is that I finished the book too quickly!
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once again the Sheriff and Doc work together to solve the latest crime in Loon Lake. A few new characters are introduced and some I hope will turn up in Houston's next Loon Lake Mystery. Quick read, as are all of her stories about Loon Lake.
Anita Ashland
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is set in Wisconsin, the state I live in, which is the main reason I chose to read it. Appropriately this story is set during the winter. It is a pleasant enough read if you're looking for something non-demanding to read. There are just enough plot twists to keep it interesting.
John Barr
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book can't wait for the next one!

Perfect entry in the loon lake mystery series. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this delightful mystery series. Enjoyed it!
Robin Halvorson
I love Victoria Houston's Loon Lake series. Good plots and enjoyable reading. Shame they only come about once a year.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy reading books from this series. They are quick reads and entertaining. I like that they are set in WI.
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good easy read. Always enjoy Victoria Houston's books. Love the plots and locale of her stories. Also enjoy her writing style.
Karla Martinsen
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Another good Loon Lake mystery, great week end at the cabin book.
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