Golf Lover's Mystery, No.4
heroine and pro golfer Cassie Burdette has never mastered the art
of making things easy on herself. Sorting out her game after a miserable
season would be enough for most people. But Cassie being Cassie,
she's also trying to sort out her tempestuous relationship with
fellow pro, Mike Callahan, and has managed to boomerang apologies
over some thoughtless comments about her friend Jeanine's wedding
into unwilling promotion to maid of honor. Cassie's not the sort
to revel in girl among girls occasions to begin with, and adding
to her wedding discomfort is the fact that Mike will be escorting
her down the aisle as best man. Meanwhile, with the encouragement
of her shrinks (they think this head-on competition may bring a
breakthrough in her game), she'll also be playing in a nearby tournament,
partnered with both Mike and the other male source of trouble in
her life - her long-estranged father. Things get even worse than
she'd imagined once she arrives at Pinehurst, site of both the wedding
and the tournament. Murder victims start popping up and the bride's
father mysteriously disappears. Cassie gets picked up for DUI despite
having cut back her drinking (an unwilling promise to her shrink)
and finds that spending time with her father includes the presence
of his jealous second wife, who is determined to prevent any normalization
of relations between Cassie and her father or her two stepbrothers.
Answering Jeanine's plea to investigate her father's disappearance
feels like one of the few things Cassie can handle.
You don't have to be a golf fan to
enjoy this series, despite the 'golf lover mystery' label. The author
clearly knows her stuff, but the stories are as much about the people
who inhabit Cassie's world as the game itself. The result is a fast-paced
cozy read, with a flawed heroine you can't help caring about, even
as you want to give her a good shake, set in an unusual but clearly
depicted world that's only far enough from the every day to be interesting.
One of my favorite entries in this series.