Dead Tease (Lake Loon Mystery)
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A hot August afternoon and Midwest Clinic CEO John McNeil has been working late. Working on his latest conquest, that is. Jen Williams is twenty-six, 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 both McNeil's wife, who insists she is being stalked, and the striking hospital physician with whom he had just ended an affair. Pressure to find the killer falls on Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn "Lew" Ferris and Dr. Paul "Doc" Osborne, the retired dentist and forensic dental expert whom she has deputized to help with the investigation—when they are not taking a break for fishing and other personal pursuits. When the mayor demands Lew take early retirement—and Doc has to babysit his teenage granddaughter who won't stop texting—the frustrations mount.
Desperate for a few hours off—and persuaded by Ray Pradt (a fishing guide who wears a stuffed trout on his head, so they should have known better)—to try fly fishing from kayaks, Doc and Lew find themselves in life-and-death straits on the river. This leads to an unexpected and macabre discovery that just may break the case.
dismemberment in a car crash or a hockey puck in the mouth—good news never arrived late. And hockey pucks were the least of his worries. “We’re fine, we’re fine, but—” He could hear the tension in his youngest daughter’s voice and held his breath over what she might say next. “Honey, what is it?” “Well, Dad, I hate to ask you this but, well, we have a problem with Beth. Mark and I have been planning all summer to take the kids to Chicago tomorrow to visit museums and Beth is refusing to go.
turned as livid as her shirt. “My daughter’s schedule is none of your business, Paul. Now you stay out of this!” She shook a finger at him. “You never liked Cynthia—just because she is smarter and prettier than that silly daughter of yours. You leave her out of this. “If you want to … to … You should be asking about that … that awful girl who was killed. That’s who you should be asking questions about—not my Cynthia.” “What about that girl?” asked Lew. “Did you know Jennifer Williams?” “No! I
his probation officer, who said he didn’t show up for his weekly appointment this morning. Jerry made some calls during the day but no sign of the guy. He figures he’s on his way to Michigan. The Canadian border is so tight these days, we’re pretty sure he won’t risk that.” “Okay,” said Lew. “Can you take care of putting out an APB on the guy?” “Already did,” said Todd. “Sorry I couldn’t do more.” “I’m not,” said Lew. “It’s been a long day. I’m going fishing.” Chapter Seventeen Osborne
done anyway. What was the surgery?” “This was after college, and I only heard about it from friends. Apparently Cynthia had her nose done. Gladys didn’t like the result, so she insisted on another nose job. And another. Three nose jobs before she was happy with Cynthia’s face. “Oh, and then there was the abortion.” “What?” All this was news to Osborne. “During her senior year in college, Cynthia got pregnant. Gladys met with the boy and his parents, didn’t like them, said they didn’t have
pushed that thought away. Ice cubes clinking in their drinks, they were watching Channel 12’s evening broadcast when a reporter broke into the sports news: “This just in from the Loon Lake Police. The victim of a late afternoon stabbing at the new Lake Thompson Shores condos has been identified as Jennifer Williams, a twenty-six-year-old Loon Lake resident….” “Jim, sweetie,” said Leigh, “Jennifer Williams. Doesn’t she work at your clinic?” Chapter Six The lake was tranquil, an amethyst