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Where It Lies: A Mystery Hardcover – May 12, 2009

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At the start of Egan's refreshing debut, Jenny Chase, a divorced former college teacher now assistant golf pro at the Harbor Terrace Country Club in Poningo, N.Y., early one morning happens on the head greenskeeper, Rick Gilbert, hanging from a rope tied to a rafter in the golf cart barn. Despite this upsetting discovery, Jenny wins a Women's U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament later that day, giving her hope for a new future for her and her morose teenage son, Sam. When she learns that Rick's widow, Kit, has been denied life insurance because the authorities have ruled Rick's death a suicide, Jenny vows to help Kit and Kit's Down syndrome son investigate. Meanwhile, when Sam gets in trouble, she must call on her lawyer ex-husband for help. A look into the professional golf world complete with helpful tips, down-to-earth characters and a conclusion notable for its realism will leave the reader eager for more from this promising author. (May)
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While opening the Harbor Terrace Country Club, assistant golf pro Jenny Chase finds the body of the groundskeeper hanging in the cart barn. The police write his death off as a suicide, but his wife believes he would never have left her or their autistic son, and she asks Jenny for help. This series debut by a winner of the Washington Irving Book Award for Fiction gives readers plenty of insider information on golfing and parenting a teenager who gets himself in trouble with the law. Sure to appeal to fans of such golfing mysteries as John R. Corrigan's Jack Austin series.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031253888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312538880
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,964,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller. The plot twists would keep a chiropractor busy for days. The golf references rang true and the autism references were compelling. I am not really one for mysteries but this one was not convoluted nor was it easily predictable. It was not gory but the excitement was palpable. I read it in a just a few days and wished that it were longer. Maybe the writer will continue on with this series since the characters were well defined and likable.
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Single mom of a moody teen Sam, Jenny Chase works as assistant golf pro at the Harbor Terrace Country Club in Poningo, N.Y. She arrives at the course only to be greeted by a horrific site at the cart barn; groundskeeper Rick Gilbert is hanging on a rafter. In spite of being unnerved, Jenny surprisingly stays calm and playing at the nearby Westchester Country Club wins a Women's U.S. Open qualifying tournament that same day.

The police led by Detective George Donahue and youth officer Nick Cirillo rule suicide, which means Rick's widow is ineligible to collect on his life insurance. Jenny cannot believe the official decision, feeling some remorse as Rick called her five times that night, and wanting to help his widow Kit and her autistic son Quint, investigates the death. Meanwhile, Sam gets in trouble with the law for petty theft requiring a lawyer and jeopardizing her custody; still Jenny reluctantly calls her former spouse to help their son with his legal problems.

This is a well written amateur sleuth sports mystery starring a strong support cast and a super lead protagonist. The story line plays fast on and off the greens. Fans will root for Jenny as K.J. Egan easily breaks par with this engaging golf murder mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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Run don't walk to buy it -- summer is almost over!!!

This book will be made into a movie - read it first!
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