Aaron Elkins, the author of the Edgar-winning Old Bones, teamed up with his wife, Charlotte, to fashion this lighthearted mystery - a fictional look at the less glamorous side of a golf tour.
In this first Lee Ofsted mystery, Lee is a "rabbit" golfer in the Pacific-Western Women's Pro-Am. She made it into the tournament by the skin of her teeth and suddenly she can't keep her long drives from slicing - veering sharply to the right. She is hitting the ball perfectly and it simply isn't going where it is supposed to. And if Lee can't get rid of this slice quickly, all the scraping and saving to enter the tournament and stay in it, all the Big Macs and cheap motels, will be for nothing. Then Lee discovers the body of the tour's star at the bottom of the course lake, and her own problems with golf techniques pale in comparison. Enter Lieutenant Graham Sheldon. He's charming, handsome, and determined to capture the killer - as well as Lee's heart. But the murder has triggered buried anger and petty jealousies among the players. Lee finds out just what wicked means are causing her drives to slice. And it looks like the murderer has barely begun to score....
Sure there's a lot pressure, what with this being Lee Ofsted's first real golf tournament. And especially when she thinks of all the sacrifices she's made to get here, but still Lee can't understand why all of a sudden she can't hit a golf ball without slicing it. In Aaron and Charlotte Elkins' A Wicked Slice, Lee's errant golf shot, however, is only the beginning of the tournament's troubles. The intensity takes a sudden upturn when the tour's best golfer goes missing, and ignites a mess of anger and jealousy amongst the other golfers. Performed by the engaging veteran Julia Farhat, A Wicked Slice is a thrilling and fun mystery with just the right dose of romance.
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