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{November 8, 2011}   {Review} Dead Deceiver by Victoria Houston

From Goodreads: It’s late January at 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.


I picked this book up, on a whim, because of the cover.  I didn’t note that it’s the 11th book in a series, nor did I really read the synopsis.  I’m not going to lie, sometimes I’m moved to buy based on the cover alone. I mean it.  If you can create a beautiful, enticing cover, you’re going to grab my attention, and I’m probably going to buy.  I’m that impulsive.  But, that aside… I found, upon reading the novel, and it doesn’t matter that it’s the 11th book in a series, it’s a standalone novel, and the story beats out the synopsis any day, anyway.

I enjoyed this mystery novel.  It’s a whodunit style novel with multiple connections among the townsfolk, starting with the disappearance and murder of one of Loon Lake’s own.  Though the plot is seemingly disconnected, moving from the murder of a woman to a family being stalked, everything is interrelated.  Everything is also spiraling out of control with the massive downfall of snow, covering all the killers tracks, as well as an Ice Fishing Festival, spreading the already waning police force even thinner while a killer is on the loose.  This creates much needed suspense within the novel, and though I found some of the novel a tad bit slow, as the story picked up, it became much more interesting and hard to put down.

What I found most interesting about this book, though, is the fact that it really deals with computers and hackers.  Though a woman is killed, and though a family is being stalked, the truth behind it all stems from the internet, where much money can be made through scams and the like.  How they’re all connected, I can’t say, but I highly enjoyed learning about all the computer technology as well as figuring out the murder/stalker mystery.  Though I knew who the murderer was early on in the novel, as most readers probably will, the murderer’s name, location, and motives don’t come out until the climactic end, which helps spur the reader on. 

I did enjoy this novel, though I wasn’t enamored by it.  I don’t think it’s for everyone, though those into computers and mysteries will probably really enjoy this novel.  Three stars.

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