In Wisconsin's Northwoods, fishing is a way of life - and when the muskies are biting, life couldn't be better. But when Doc Osborne catches more than he bargained for, he winds up in the middle of a murder mystery - and only Chief of Police Lew Ferris can get him out of it.
"My new favorite series!"
Murder never takes a holiday...or so Loon Lake learns one wintry Thanksgiving Day. Chief of Police Lew Ferris, short-handed thanks to an AWOL coroner, never even gets the turkey stuffed before the bodies start to surface. By the end of the day, credit card theft and dysfunctional families have so muddied the waters that not even expert tracker and dedicated fishing guide Ray Pradt, can hope to fish the final day of muskie season.
Hope McDonald's advice column syndicates nationwide. So when Hope is murdered in her home, Chief Lewellyn Ferris can think of more than a few suspects. Now, she'll have to think of the perfect bait to net a cold-blooded killer.
"It's a miss this time."
It's ice-fishing season in Loon Lake and Doc Osborne is trying to convince Police Chief and fishing pal Lew Ferris to give it a chance. But fish aren't the only things lurking below the surface. The bodies of two snowmobilers have just been pulled out of nearby Two Sisters Lake. And a beautiful woman's corpse turns up in a snowdrift. Is it payback for a drug deal gone bad? Or is it something more sinister?
In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne. Within hours of launching their investigation, they find themselves faced with a national media circus as Loon Lake becomes the focus of a murderous scenario that links the murder to the race for the U.S. Senate by a woman who is heir to a Northwoods fortune and other, less savory, family traditions.
"weak story, very weak."
For fishing pals, (or are they more than just pals?) Doc Osborne and Police Chief Lew Ferris, Loon Lake, Wisconsin, is usually a great place to seek out some mutual solitude in the trout stream. But lately, the town has been teeming with competitive bass fisherman and bikers, too many less-than-savory characters. Meanwhile, there's an old murder case Doc's bent on solving even as he himself is stalked by a mysterious visitor.
"The repeated quotes are getting old"
While out kayaking, Paul Osborne discovers the grisly remains of a woman - whose shoulders bear mysterious bite marks. And just as Lew begins her investigation, another body turns up.... The second victim was a successful businesswoman from Kansas City, and the evidence indicates she was in Loon Lake for a rrendezvous with an ex-lover - a con man who had tried to get his hands on her money. Now, Lew's got two confusing cases - and a killer who may be more elusive than any fish.
"Slow start, but great after it gets going!"
Just as the summer in Loon Lake is heating up, the town gets turned upside down by the bizarre triple homicide discovered on a backcountry road. Peg Garmin was not Loon Lake's most beloved citizen. Considering her "calling" in life, no one was completely surprised when she was found murdered in the company of two exotic dancers...no one, that is, except for Ray Pradt, Peg's dearest friend. As the team digs into the mystery of her past, they discover some startling connections to one of the wealthiest families in Chicago and to the buried secret that could destroy them.
A hot August afternoon and Midwest Clinic CEO John McNeil has been working late: working on his latest conquest, that is. Jen Williams is 26, in charge of graphics for the hospital's PR division - and quite attractive in a healthy, athletic kind of way. She is quick to laugh and a little too quick to fall for guys. She is no virgin. And she is one of three women - including his wife - intimately familiar with McNeil. When Jen's youthful body is found with a single stab wound through the heart, suspicion falls on McNeil's wife.
When the body of a lovely young woman is found floating beneath a party pontoon on a popular lake in northern Wisconsin on the same morning that a prominent widow is found bludgeoned in her gracious home, Loon Lake Police Chief Lew Ferris is caught short-handed. This is not a problem for Doc Osborne whom she deputizes to act as coroner and to assist with the investigation. Fishing aside, there's nothing Osborne likes better than helping Lew - a world-class fly fisherman in her own right - delve into Loon Lake's criminal underworld.
"Dead Creek is alive!!!"
It's late January in Loon Lake and bodies abound: A woman on snowshoes has been discovered wedged under a wooden bridge on a cross-country ski trail. A day later, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris interviews a couple who alleges that the wife, a former nun, is being stalked. Meanwhile, Loon Lake is hosting an International Ice Fishing Festival with problems.
In Loon Lake, a town in northern Wisconsin, Police Chief Lewellyn 'Lew' Ferris deputizes Dr. Paul 'Doc' Osborne, a retired dentist and forensic dental expert. They investigate crimes - when they are not taking a break for fishing and other personal pursuits.