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An investigation of missing property takes a darker turn near Lake Superior in Dead Man’s Mistress the next mystery in David Housewright’s award winning McKenzie seriesLouise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis Louise known better as “Th. DEAD MAN'S MISTRESS is the second David Housewright book I've read this year It is also the sixteenth in the Rush McKenzie series and the 21st book by this author overall that I've read I like him His books contain engaging characters substantive plots and pithily get to the point creating uick and easy reads This book is one of the better novels by Housewright continuing a trend in which the McKenzie series outdoes the Holland Taylor series Though lord I really should not disparage either series in any way It must be beyond difficult to produce annual books for each of two series and keep them compelling I can't even imagineHousewright's books are set in Minnesota and place does play a role in most of this books including this one but location does not set the stage and create the ambiance like it does in other books Paul Doiron's Maine or Ann Cleeves's Shetland Islands would be examples of books in which location is centralMcKenzie is getting long in the tooth and by now he is years removed from leaving the police force so that he could accept a reward for solving a case that renders him financially independent he would never say wealthy the reward was not that big The early idiosyncratic charm Housewright created for this character as McKenzie bought toys for himself took on uixotic cases to help the put upon and hung out on the fringes of his best friend's family has been replaced Friend Bobby Dunston barely gets a mention here McKenzie is comfortable in his life and has established his own familial routines Now he has a network of acuaintainces built up over 16 books and that is how he is introduced to new cases That is how it happens here So McKenzie is hobnobbing with the famous and the wealthy in this book The story works for the most part later Housewright writes well It is easy to get comfortable and spend several hours at a stretch with this book The author is confident enough after so much success that he introduces occasional editorial asides through the voices of his characters asides that add some humor and kick to the reading He is even able to introduce a couple not just one of sexagenerian women who haven't been put out to the romantic pasture Housewright is very much a master of his craft One uibble with this book however There does seem to be a sizeable plot hole having to do with a contrived crime that was set up to be to be solved by McKenzie Did that not mean that the contracted criminal would go to jail for a crime he had been asked to do How were these partners in crime going to deal with that There may be an easy answer here but I do not want to get too specific The conclusion ties most of the loose ends together though it is also a bit contrived Overall a fun bookWhen is art art andwhen is a crime truly acrime See it Know it

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At Wykoff Woman” was just a young apprentice when her intimate representation and the fact of the McInnis’s marriage caused rumors to fly and Louise to hide away for decadesAll of McInnis's paintings are in museums or known private collections until Louise confesses to having three that no one has ever heard of and now they've been stolen Rush McKenzie an occasion. Jumping from one of the first in a series to one of the last the series holds up very well This one involves much travel up from the Twin Cities to Grand Marais on the north shore of Lake Superior then further north to Grand Portage Thunder Bay and uebec City all of which places I've been to in the last few years The plot is complex the characters real and the locations beautifully described The final solution was not even on my radar screen and the ethical conundrums were interesting The Bread Bakers Apprentice her intimate representation and the fact of the McInnis’s marriage caused rumors to fly and Louise to Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, hide away for decadesAll of McInnis's paintings are in museums or known private collections until Louise confesses to Shot on Gold (Play by Play, having three that no one Mythomorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge has ever I Am Jane Goodall heard of and now they've been stolen Rush McKenzie an occasion. Jumping from one of the first in a series to one of the last the series Attentat mot Vita huset (Kane & Abel, holds up very well This one involves much travel up from the Twin Cities to Grand Marais on the north shore of Lake Superior then further north to Grand Portage Thunder Bay and uebec City all of which places I've been to in the last few years The plot is complex the characters real and the locations beautifully described The final solution was not even on my radar screen and the ethical conundrums were interesting

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Al unlicensed private investigator agrees to look into the theft As he investigates following clues that appear far too straightforward he finds himself on the wrong side of the bars wondering if the trail might be deeper and darker than he’s been led to believe Hours away from St Paul deep in the nature of Grand Marais the truth seems murkier and deadlier than usua. Dead Man's Mistress A McKenzie Novel by David Housewright is the 16th outing of his Twin Cities PI Mac McKenzie I have read almost all of Housewright's McKenzie series and enjoy them a great deal and this addition to the series did not disappoint me It has all of Housewright's signature elements McKenzie gets involved in a case that seems easy at first but uickly becomes complicated characters that seem like good people but really aren't sarcastic dialogue that makes the reader laugh and McKenzie's ingenuity when faced with difficulties I missed the Dunstans and there wasn't uite enough of Nina in this story for me to give it a 5 star review I also missed the great Twin Cities setting and characters that Housewright usually presents Instead this story takes place mostly up on the North Shore of Lake Superior I read this book on vacation while riding in the car and before falling asleep at night It is a great vacation read Now I just have to wait for the next book in the series The Bread Bakers Apprentice he investigates following clues that appear far too straightforward Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, he finds Shot on Gold (Play by Play, himself on the wrong side of the bars wondering if the trail might be deeper and darker than Mythomorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge he’s been led to believe Hours away from St Paul deep in the nature of Grand Marais the truth seems murkier and deadlier than usua. Dead Man's Mistress A McKenzie Novel by David Housewright is the 16th outing of I Am Jane Goodall his Twin Cities PI Mac McKenzie I Attentat mot Vita huset (Kane & Abel, have read almost all of Housewright's McKenzie series and enjoy them a great deal and this addition to the series did not disappoint me It Twenty Questions has all of Housewright's signature elements McKenzie gets involved in a case that seems easy at first but uickly becomes complicated characters that seem like good people but really aren't sarcastic dialogue that makes the reader laugh and McKenzie's ingenuity when faced with difficulties I missed the Dunstans and there wasn't uite enough of Nina in this story for me to give it a 5 star review I also missed the great Twin Cities setting and characters that Housewright usually presents Instead this story takes place mostly up on the North Shore of Lake Superior I read this book on vacation while riding in the car and before falling asleep at night It is a great vacation read Now I just O Melhor Livro Sobre Nada have to wait for the next book in the series


10 thoughts on “Dead Mans Mistress

  1. says:

    DEAD MAN'S MISTRESS is the second David Housewright book I've read this year It is also the sixteenth in the Rush McKenzie series and the 21st book by this author overall that I've read I like him His books contain engaging characters substantive plots and pithily get to the point creating uick and easy reads This book is one of the better novels by Housewright continuing a trend in which the McKenzie series outdoes the Holland Taylor series Though lord I really should not disparage either series in any way It must be beyond difficult to produce annual books for each of two series and keep them compelling I can't even imagineHousewright's books are set in Minnesota and place does play a role in most of this books including this one but location does not set the stage and create the ambiance like it does in other books Paul Doiron's Maine or Ann Cleeves's Shetland Islands would be examples of books in which location is centralMcKenzie is getting long in the tooth and by now he is years removed from leaving the police force so that he could accept a reward for solving a case that renders him financially independent he would never say wealthy the reward was not that big The early idiosyncratic charm Housewright created for this character as McKenzie bought toys for himself took on uixotic cases to help the put upon and hung out on the fringes of his best friend's family has been replaced Friend Bobby Dunston barely gets a mention here McKenzie is comfortable in his life and has established his own familial routines Now he has a network of acuaintainces built up over 16 books and that is how he is introduced to new cases That is how it happens here So McKenzie is hobnobbing with the famous and the wealthy in this book The story works for the most part later Housewright writes well It is easy to get comfortable and spend several hours at a stretch with this book The author is confident enough after so much success that he introduces occasional editorial asides through the voices of his characters asides that add some humor and kick to the reading He is even able to introduce a couple not just one of sexagenerian women who haven't been put out to the romantic pasture Housewright is very much a master of his craft One uibble with this book however There does seem to be a sizeable plot hole having to do with a contrived crime that was set up to be to be solved by McKenzie Did that not mean that the contracted criminal would go to jail for a crime he had been asked to do? How were these partners in crime going to deal with that? There may be an easy answer here but I do not want to get too specific The conclusion ties most of the loose ends together though it is also a bit contrived Overall a fun bookWhen is art art andwhen is a crime truly acrime? See it Know it


  2. says:

    McKenzie the self deprecating Minnesota detective whose dry humor and irreverent attitude is often off putting to those he encounters is asked to locate three missing paintings by a deceased Minnesota artist His investigation takes him to the lovely town of Grand Marais on Lake Superior and to Duluth Minneapolis and several locations in Canada The settings are part of the draw of this series and the author manages to include food and beer bars restaurants and jazz clubs into the story Betty's Pies is an Iron Range landmark that has appeared in several books in the seriesOne of the authors strengths is character development There are a few reappearing characters such as Nina and LT but long time friend Bobby Dunston is absent from this story The many characters were easy to keep straight but parts of the plot were confusing I thought the client was one person and it turned out to be someone else I don't know if he purposely created a smoke screen there or if I just missed the information about who was actually his client The story has good pacing plenty of tension and surprises to keep the reader engaged This is one of my favorite mystery series The Minnesota settings are familiar and I love McKenzie who is a wealthy ex cop who will investigate problems for his friends though he is not a licensed private investigator as everyone is uick to remind himI think this is one of the best In the series Sometimes the asides in which McKenzie talks to himself can become annoying but they didn't seem excessive in this book45 stars


  3. says:

    My ‘inner voice’ is telling me that this was another fun filled fantastic Rush McKenzie book Of course I always tend to listen to my ‘inner voice’ To those of you who have followed this series you know about the inner voice I love the honest relationship McKenzie and Nina have Also I enjoy all of the humorous asides that the inner voice throws in throughout the bookAnother series that takes place in my hometown of Minneapolis In this book however we also spend a great deal of time in Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Northern MinnesotaKudos Mr Housewright for a great addition to the series


  4. says:

    Latest Rush McKenzie book good uick read although I had figured out the over arching motivationplot early in the bookexcept for the final scenes for who done the murder part Many little side actions just needed to read to see how it all played outI enjoy these books taking place mostly in Minnesota Had to do a uick look up for the other detective series I read featuring the same general St PaulMinneapolis geographic area However Lucas Davenport is a much hard boilednoir kind of protagonist


  5. says:

    Jumping from one of the first in a series to one of the last the series holds up very well This one involves much travel up from the Twin Cities to Grand Marais on the north shore of Lake Superior then further north to Grand Portage Thunder Bay and uebec City all of which places I've been to in the last few years The plot is complex the characters real and the locations beautifully described The final solution was not even on my radar screen and the ethical conundrums were interesting


  6. says:

    Decent mystery but not my cup of tea mainly because I didn't like the characters much Even the hero an ex cop doing a favor for a friend and devoted and faithful to his live in girlfriend didn't impress me Obviously since this is the 16th book in the series with that hero others do not agree with me


  7. says:

    Although one of the perpetrators was obvious I enjoyed the main character He wasn't over written he wasn't hard bitten angry or a wise guy He was pretty down to earth and a decent human beingWhen a gallery curator calls McKenzie to find 3 previously unknown paintings of her friend a well recognized artist's model given to the model by the artist just before his death that have been stolen a circus ensuesThe model the artist's wife the collector to whom she sold the original collection to all claim ownership In addition a well known maker of film documentaries his over zealous annoying daughter zoom in to make a documentary on the lives of the artist the model the paintings which is being financed by the collectorTo add to the confusion a local young man the town's hottie is found dead by McKenzie after being identified as the seller of items stolen from the model's homeOn top of all that there is a tough nasty cop and a group of nasty local thugs who are responsible for a rash of burglaries Things become interesting when a ransom is offered for the paintings but no one can provide McKenzie with the dimensions or accurately describe the paintings Even interesting is the illegal auction of the purported paintings that turn out to be forgeriesThis was a pretty interesting book it held my interest I liked McKenzie but not the majority of the other characters


  8. says:

    Dead Man's Mistress A McKenzie Novel by David Housewright is the 16th outing of his Twin Cities PI Mac McKenzie I have read almost all of Housewright's McKenzie series and enjoy them a great deal and this addition to the series did not disappoint me It has all of Housewright's signature elements McKenzie gets involved in a case that seems easy at first but uickly becomes complicated characters that seem like good people but really aren't sarcastic dialogue that makes the reader laugh and McKenzie's ingenuity when faced with difficulties I missed the Dunstans and there wasn't uite enough of Nina in this story for me to give it a 5 star review I also missed the great Twin Cities setting and characters that Housewright usually presents Instead this story takes place mostly up on the North Shore of Lake Superior I read this book on vacation while riding in the car and before falling asleep at night It is a great vacation read Now I just have to wait for the next book in the series


  9. says:

    A bit of a let down when compared to previous entries The main resolution was telegraphed within the first 50 pages which led to the over reliance of MacGuffins to drive the plot and McKenzie away from what should have been a uick resolutionI appreciated the author trying to be proactive in making female characters than just hysterical about men but by the end with the exception of one character every new female character's arc was defined by their relationship to a man While some of this fits within the framework of the plot and makes sense in the story there were a few examples that this felt lazy withholding details because of spoilers but this relates to an art dealer neighbor ex wife of a minor character and secretary I have not had this issue with previous McKenzie novel's and I found these issues egregious due to the resolution of the climax


  10. says:

    McKenzie helps another friend This time it is Perrine at the City of Lakes Art Gallery She asks him to look into the theft of three paintings by a renown painter from the woman who had been both his mistress and primary model for many years The painting had been kept private by the womanThis time McKenzie finds himself having to spend his time on the North Shore of Lake Superior Grand Marais Minnesota A theft turns into when McKenzie finds one of his suspects dead on the floor of his home It turns even when he has run ins separately with both the local Sheriff's Deputy and thugs on shore of the lake The case spreads McKenzie from Minneapolis to the North Shore to Canada In typical McKenzie fashion his is beat up threatened shot at and generally become a nuisance to people and law enforcement both Cook County and Canadian His smartass attitude and inner voice continue to make for enjoyable reading


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