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Dead Firefly

(A Loon Lake Mystery #18)

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Murder She Wrote meets Fargo in the eighteenth installment of the “engaging” (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine), critically acclaimed Loon Lake mystery series.

“My wife and the CEO of my company just tried to run over me.”

Doc Osborne is startled by the unexpected words tumbling out of the mouth of a fellow AA member, a recently remarried lead accountant for an under-cons
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Gallery Books
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

“My wife and Gordon Maxwell tried to kill me this morning.”

That line got Doc Osborne’s attention but before he can do anything his friend Chuck Pelletier is dead, probably killed by his new wife and his boss Gordon Maxwell. Doc is now going to work closely with his girlfriend, Police Chief Lew Ferris to bring the killer to justice.

Add to that, thousands of acres of birch trees are being decimated on public and private lands and Lew finds out elderly riverfront property owners
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Joan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend of Doc Osborne tells him that his business partner and wife tried to hit him with a car. Before Doc has a chance to help him, he finds his friend dead.

A lot is going on around Loon Lake. Birch trees are being cut down and stolen off private property (including police chief Lew's) and Lew's elderly former mother-in-law is cheated out of her valuable land. Fraud is being committed at an area fishing resort development. The daughter of the murder victim is grabbed and kissed hard on the mo
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Eileen Lynx
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t buy birch tree trinkets.
Kathleen
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
An excellent, if short (I think these last two books in the series are almost novellas rather than full length books), cozy mystery in the Wisconsin back woods. Excellent fishing but also home to modern-day crimes, along with some unique to the northern forests (stealing birch trees!). Police chief Lew and her friend and often deputy, Doc, are a great pair for solving mysteries involving both fish and crime. And at the end an interesting look at justice.
John
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely Enjoyable Series!!

I have read all 18 books in the series. Doc Osborne and Sheriff Lewellyn are just flat out enjoyable characters. I could never Leave out Fishing guy Ray Pratt, what a hoot! I as always can't wait for the next installment in the series. I think this is the first, while enjoyable, I just couldn't give it 5 stars. Too me personally it just wasn't as good. BUT, I WILL BE WAITING FOR #19 and I will purchase it! Ms. Houston please do all of your readers a favor and give Ray
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Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Margie
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another murder has occurred in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Ms Houston keeps you intrigued as you follow along. The characters of her series continue to evolve in their relationships. The plot is easy to follow. This time I could guess who the culprits were. It was up to the Chief to tie it altogether. The demise of the main culprits was an interesting twist.
Andrew Lamberson
Exactly what you would expect

Exactly what you would expect...and that is a good thing. Easy read with established characters.

Ms Houston's Loon Lake series isn't going to win any literary awards...but I guarantee I will buy the next one!

Linda Spyhalski
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2018
I always read Victoria Houston's Loon Lake Mysteries. I was born and raised in Rhinelander, Wisconsin the setting of her books. It is pretty special to personally know an author and her family from your childhood.
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Like the combination of forensic accounting with backwoods investigation. Book seemed shorter than others, but all the local characters are at their best
Marcia
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Living in Wisconsin, and having stayed at lakes up north, this is a familiar setting. A good quick read!
Linda Van Erem
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read all of the series and loved them. Hope she writes more.
Sandy
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a quick read but not my favorite of the series.
James R. Mueller
A good one

Victoria Houston always has a good story to keep your interest. Old men and their lives and love interest a good combo.
pamela
Not sure I understand the title. Simple who done it ? But she got away with murder and the chief of police let her do it
Gail
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Light fun summer read. Set in northern Wisconsin. 18Th in the Loon Lake series.
Kristen
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
2.5 stars
michelle Dumdie
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love her books This was one of the better ones
Andy53
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very light book. Great characters
Ann
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun mystery, set in an area I know, and with characters that feel like friends.
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