Roberta Isleib's sophomore effort (after her debut SIX STROKES UNDER) continues where her first left off, with Cassie Burdette struggling to make it on the LPGA tour after surviving the rigors of Q-school. She is the pro golfer assigned to a foursome in a pro-am tournament, but, when one of the foursome - a single mother and workaholic who is concerned about the introduction of a potentially miracle drug - turns up dead the next morning in her hotel room, Cassie launches her own investigation into the death. Convinced that the woman was murdered and did not commit suicide as the police quickly conclude, Cassie sets out to uncover the truth.
The idea behind the series - that a rookie professional athlete stumbles into murder investigations - is a good one, especially since Isleib provides intriguing details about the sport of golf. Unfortunately, unlike SIX STROKES UNDER, the suspense in this novel seems mechanical and undeveloped, almost as though the author rushed the writing of it. Isleib throws so many red herrings into the brew that the eventual culprit is lost, making the revelation a kind of "Who???" moment. The characters don't develop much beyond the first novel, and the dual conflict of unsolved murder and tournament-in-progress lacks drive, perhaps because the stakes seem low. I found it difficult to care about the outcome.
Still, Roberta Isleib has talent. She has hatched a great idea for a series that deserves another look when her next novel is released. I suspect that A BURIED LIE is more of a sophomore slump than anything else. If you liked her first, then you should definitely read this one so you won't miss out on the details that build the next installment. Golfers especially should find this novel of interest.