I am delighted to have Judy Penz Sheluk visiting with us today. If you were at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto, you might have met her. And if you follow her on Facebook, you’ve seen her adorable Golden Retriever Gibbs (which endears her to me, since Jim Duncan’s faithful canine companion is a Golden named Rizzo).
Judy is here to talk about the second in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series, Hole in One. Take it away, Judy!
Getting Ready for Golf Season
If you live somewhere that golfing year round is possible, lucky you. Where I live (about 90 minutes northwest of Toronto, Canada), our season is relatively short—in fact I like to joke we have two seasons: Winter and July.
That’s a bit of an exaggeration, of course, but best-case scenario, we might get on the links by mid-late April, though if you’re a betting person (or like to golf without wearing dollar store gloves), May is far more likely. From that point on, I find myself craving the heat and humidity of July and August (temps in the 90s aren’t unusual) and not just because I should have been born on the equator: I firmly believe the hotter and stickier the weather, the further the ball travels. And trust me, my game needs all the help it can get.
It was while playing golf one summer day at Silver Lakes Golf & Country Club (http://www.silverlakesgolf.com/) in Holland Landing, Ontario, that I thought of the premise for my latest book, A Hole in One. Readers of The Hanged Man’s Noose, the first book in my Glass Dolphin Mystery series, may know that my fictional town of Lount’s Landing is loosely based on Holland Landing, where I lived for many years.
Anyway, I digress…there I was on the third hole, a par three surrounded by trees, sand traps and a big old pond, when I hit my tee shot straight into the woods. When I went to hunt for it, using my putter while trying to avoid poison ivy, I thought, “What if I found a corpse here?” Here’s a teaser from the book:
Arabella Carpenter let the others go first. All three managed to clear the pond with their tee shot and land on the green, but not one was anywhere close to getting a hole in one. Arabella breathed a sigh of relief—since they were sponsoring the contest, their foursome might not be eligible to win, but it still freaked her out to think someone else might. She went through her mental prep, took her swing, and watched as her ball went directly into the woods.
“Hey, you made it over the water,” Hudson said, hopping into his cart. “For someone just starting out, that’s not a bad shot.”
Arabella caught Emily’s look and smiled. He really was a nice guy. “Thanks, Hudson. Whether I can find my ball is an entirely different story. Why don’t I look for it while you guys putt in? I’m sure one of you will be able to make the shot.”
They crossed the pond on a wooden bridge just wide enough for their golf carts, parked on the path next to the hole, and grabbed their putters. Luke, Hudson, and Emily went to the green and began debating which ball to hit. Arabella trundled over to the woods, feeling stupid and hoping like hell it wasn’t infested with poison ivy. The woods were thicker than she’d expected. She walked in a couple of feet, using her putter to push the branches aside.
That’s when she started to scream.
If I’ve gotten your attention, you can find A Hole in One at all the usual suspects in trade paperback and all eBook formats. I’ve even included some links to make it easy for you! And if you want to find out more about my books, and me, check out my website, http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.
Barking Rain Press: https://barkingrainpress.org/a-hole-in-one/ – 1473022241950-de2dbbf6-9e98
About the book:
Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.
They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name–even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.
Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiance (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.
All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?
Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in July 2015, and in audiobook in November 2017. Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in her Marketville Mystery Series, was first published in August 2016, and will be re-released in trade paperback and all e-book formats in December 2017. The audiobook version was released in November 2017.
Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves on the Board of Directors representing Toronto/Southern Ontario.
Find Judy on her website/blog at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors, shares “New Release Mondays” and blogs about her writing journey.