Buried Lie Mass Market Paperback – May 6 2003
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This series intrigues me because of the inside look at the LPGA. The golf scenes are written well, and I keep coming back to find out just how well rookie Cassie will play. Unfortunately, the mystery is not as well developed. Frankly, I didn't believe Cassie's reasons for investigating this death. Amateur sleuths need a compelling reason to be involved, and this book lacks that. Second, the ending felt rushed and not as developed as most of the books I like. However, I've really grown to care about Cassie and her friends Joe and Laura.
The golf and the characters are interesting enough to bring me back for a third round. Hopefully, the mystery itself will be better polished next time around.
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.
After the first day of play, the Meditron group invites Cassie to go with them to the Showboat Casino where Erica and Cassie run into a female teen in trouble. Erica takes the kid to her room but the next day fails to show up to play golf with her co-workers. Cassie finds this particularly ominous and decides to go to see if Erica is okay. When Cassie persuades management to open the door they find Erica dead in her bed, the victim of an overdose. Cassie doesn't believe Erica committed suicide and starts her own investigation, an action that almost leads to a double bogie for her and a close friend.
Golf enthusiasts and fans of amateur sleuth novels will definitely enjoy A BURIED LIE, a tale that gives the reader insight into the competitive world of professional golf. The audience will like Cassie because she is willing to act on her hunches when even the police think no crime has been committed. Roberta Isleib knows how to write an interesting who-done-it that is a hole in one for the audience.