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 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 flyfisherman, 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.
Early in Houston's satisfying 15th Loon Lake, Wis., mystery (after 2014's Dead Lil' Hustler), art enthusiast and wealthy widow Rudd Tomlinson walks out of the Grizzly Bear Caf after her usual breakfast one cold March morning and is fatally hit by a logging truck. Though the horrified truck driver insists that Rudd was pushed into his path, police chief Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris and her boyfriend, retired dentist Doc Osborne, are doubtful, until a witness comes forward to support the driver's claim. Suspects include Rudd's estranged family members and her late husband's former business partners. Might someone have wanted to disrupt plans for a pricey museum or cover up shady real estate deals? Filled with vivid descriptions of the region's winter landscape and Lew's favorite pastime (fly-fishing), as well as interesting and eccentric characters, this entry is a welcome addition to the series.
This mystery keeps you on your toes. I read this book in less than two days.