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
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
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.
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