Thursday, February 11, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: CASTING IN DEAD WATER!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: CASTING IN DEAD WATER!

DAVID LEITZ

I'm posting way early this week as I may not have a lot of computer access through the weekend. We’ll see how much I’m able to post, but at leat I won’t miss this regular entry.

The first entry in a four book, paperback original series, Casting In Dead Water (A Max Addams Fly-Fishing Mystery) was one of the better series published under St. Martin’s Dead Letter Mysteries imprint.

In reality, Casting in Dead Water, was actually the second book in the series. The first, The Fly-Fishing Corpse, however, was privately published by author Leitz and not picked up for reprint by St. Martins. Lietz sent me a copy years back, and it’s a shame it didn’t get to be part of the official series – although it is now somewhat collectible.

Lietz style is as laid back as the fly-fishing theme percolating in the background. The series is worth reading, especially if you are into fly-fishing. I’m not (put the filet only on the plate, no bones, no head, no tail, and make it not taste like fish), but I still enjoyed the ambience Leitz establishes via Whitforks Lodge.

CASTING IN DEAD WATER

There’s more than trout dying at whitforks lodge, and max is in over his waders.

Loon, vermont has perfect fishing, a great microbrewery – and a murder.

Spring has returned to the lush, forrested mountains of northern Vermont, and Whiteforks Lodge owner Max Addams and his staff are ready for another tranquil season of fly-fishing and hospitality . . . until a lumber compnay begins clear-cutting trees from the mountain above the lodge and Max’s trout start dying by the bushel.

Soon Max discovers it isn’t just trout that are turning belly-up. With one close friend found dead in the water, his livelihood at stake and the town turning against him, Max must reel in the killer before he becomes the catch of the day.

Leitz had one of the best of the early author websites to back this series, although, it appears to have disappeared from Google’s radar. Still, books in the series are readily available on the used market and as readable as ever.

THE WHITEFORKS LODGE MYSTERIES

The Fly Fishing Corpse (1994)

Casting In Dead Water (1996)

Dying To Fish (1996)

Fly Fishing Can Be Fatal (1997)

Hooked On Death (2000)

1 comment:

Evan Lewis said...

Never thought a fly-fishing mystery would sound interesting, but this one sure does. Thanks Paul.