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A Buried Lie
by Roberta Isleib

Category: Fiction / Mystery
240 pages; ISBN: 0425189961

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Kathryn Lively


Last seen in SIX STROKES UNDER, stepping over dead bodies sprawled on the lush greens of an Orlando golf course, Cassie Burdette is slowly inching her way into the upper echelon of ladies' golf - one stroke at a time. A narrow passing at Q-school has landed her on the LPGA Tour, and though she has yet to make the cut she hopes for a change at the ShopRite Classic, a pro-am tournament in Atlantic City.

Before Cassie has the opportunity to tee off, however, an amateur golfer partnered with Cassie during a pre-tournament round is found dead in her hotel room of an apparent suicide. Though Cassie's acquaintance with pharmaceutical employee Erica LaBoutillier was limited to the golf course and thirty minutes at the blackjack table, she is certain the woman would never consider turning in her scorecard for good. Despite the warnings of an easily irritated homicide detective, Cassie recruits caddie/friend Laura and sports psychiatrist/friend Joe for her own investigation.

A survey of nosy co-workers, a hostile ex-husband, and another psychiatrist (whose "professional" camaraderie with Joe is too much for Cassie to bear) uncovers a different side to the upbeat woman who appeared to love life, and as Cassie struggles to stay enough under par to make the cut on the course she realizes she also has to keep an eye out so she isn't cut permanently herself. Golf may be a good walk spoiled, and it's much worse when the sponsor's logo stitched on the heart of your golf shirt has been replaced with a bullseye.

No need to question whether or not author Isleib has made the cut with her sophomore effort, A BURIED LIE reads as well as Annika Sorenstam plays. Cassie's dry wit, matched with the intriguing premise of medical shenanigans against this green backdrop, make for a read golf nuts and mystery readers will enjoy.


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