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Thursday 19 April 2018

‘A Hole in One’ by Judy Penz Sheluk

Published by Barking Rain Press,
6 March 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-94129573-1

Antiques dealer Arabella Carpenter has been persuaded to sponsor a “hole in one” prize at a charitable golf tournament. When a corpse turns up at the third hole, she fears her ex-husband, Levon, may be involved...

This cosy novel follows the adventures of Arabella and her partner, Emily, a former journalist, as they become involved in the murder, and set out to track down the killer. The police are involved, but the focus is on Arabella and the people she meets: fellow antique-dealers, the shopkeepers and cafe owners of her small town, and the people involved with the tournament. It turns out that the dead man has been renting a boat under another name – that of Emily’s ex-fiance, giving another lead in the investigation. Arabella’s also finding herself drawn to her ex-husband again. The characters all felt like real people, and I really enjoyed the evocation of the small towns near Toronto, and the antiques background. This is the second novel in the Glass Dolphin series, and though it reads well as a stand-alone, you might like to start with the first in the series, The Hanged Man’s Noose.

A cheerful cosy with a good mix of real-feeling characters and suspense in a small-town setting.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor

Judy Penz Sheluk's debut amateur sleuth mystery novel, The Hanged Man's Noose, was published in July 2015 by Barking Rain Press ( Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in her Marketville series, was released in August 2016 by Imajin Books. Judy's short crime fiction can be found in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing), The Whole She-Bang 2 (Toronto Sisters in Crime), Flash and Bang (Untreed Reads) and Live Free or Tri: a collection of three short mystery stories. In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy works as a freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry; her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications. She is currently the Editor of Home BUILDER Magazine, and the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.  Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime International/Guppies/Toronto, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.  Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.

Click on the title to read a review of her recent book Death in Shetland Waters

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