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DEAD JITTERBUG - VICTORIA HOUSTON

Ray Pradt is a fishing guide in Loon Lake, Wisconsin.  Ray's newest idea is a two-day seminar called "Fishing for Girls".  He manages to rope Doc Osborne, his neighbor, into helping him with the excursion for the girls on a new pontoon Ray is trying to sell.  Doc agrees to help out but is soon pulled away from this project to help Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris.  Doc Osborne's many years as a dentist and resident of Loon Lake has been a big help to Chief Lewellyn in various investigations and Chief Ferris is not slow to call on Doc for help.  They are also fishing buddies and sometimes lovers.

Hope McDonald, mother of one of Ray's "seminar girls", and the author of a syndicated advice column, is found dead in her home in Loon Lake.  Then it is discovered by Doc and Lew that another of Ray's "seminar girls" Molly O'Brien formerly Molly McBride whose parents resided in Loon Lake and were brutally murdered.  Molly was left alone in the home with the bodies of her parents when she was only two and a half.  Now twenty-seven years later Molly is back in Loon Lake and married.  Lillie Wright, local attorney, is now asking Chief Ferris to try to dig up the old files and renew the investigation for the murder since Lillie believes the person convicted was framed and the murderer is still in town and Molly is beginning to believe it too.

As if all of this isn't enough to keep Chief Ferris busy she is also asked to help locate a couple who have been robbing banks.  The Chief is also in the midst of a campaign for Sheriff and Doc Osborne's daughter is her campaign manager.

Victoria Houston's vivid descriptions of the area and the residents love of fishing adds much to the story.  This is the sixth Loon Lake mystery and each one gets better.  Be sure and read them all.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E. REID

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