Book Blast Tuesday: A Hole in One

Fore! Now that it’s warming up, it’s time for a golf mystery. Judy Penz Sheluk is here today with her latest Glass Dolphin mystery, A Hole in One and she will be giving away a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the Goddess Fish Promotions tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Arabella Carpenter let the others go first. All three managed to clear the pond with their tee shot and land on the green, but not one was anywhere close to getting a hole in one. Arabella breathed a sigh of relief—since they were sponsoring the contest, their foursome might not be eligible to win, but it still freaked her out to think someone else might. She went through her mental prep, took her swing, and watched as her ball went directly into the woods.

“Hey, you made it over the water,” Hudson said, hopping into his cart. “For someone just starting out, that’s not a bad shot.”

Arabella caught Emily’s look and smiled. He really was a nice guy. “Thanks, Hudson. Whether I can find my ball is an entirely different story. Why don’t I look for it while you guys putt in? I’m sure one of you will be able to make the shot.”

They crossed the pond on a wooden bridge just wide enough for their golf carts, parked on the path next to the hole, and grabbed their putters. Luke, Hudson, and Emily went to the green and began debating which ball to hit. Arabella trundled over to the woods, feeling stupid and hoping like hell it wasn’t infested with poison ivy. The woods were thicker than she’d expected. She walked in a couple of feet, using her putter to push the branches aside.

That’s when she started to scream.

About the Author:

An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime fiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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24 thoughts on “Book Blast Tuesday: A Hole in One

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. this sounds interesting. I want to read a cozy mystery this year. do you have to do a lot of research for your books?
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    • Hi Lori, I hope you’ll consider my “cozy” series, the Glass Dolphin Mysteries. This is book 2, book 1 is The Hanged Man’s Noose, though you don’t have to read them in order, it’s always best with any series. I classify mine as Amateur Sleuth with an edge — no cats, crafts or cookie recipes, but set in a small town, no bad language etc.

  3. congrats on the tour. this could be a bit disturbing having fun and discovering a corpse.

  4. How long have you been writing mysteries?

    • My first book came out in 2015. Now have 3 books out, 2 series (Glass Dolphin and Marketville Mysteries). Writing in my head for years!

  5. this year I would like to read a cozy mystery. poor girl, you never know what will be found in the woods. Judy, I totally understand the writing in your head for years. I have done this also. But my stories tend to come out in quilts.

  6. Well, they are being loyal to Arabella’s ex-husband. Hopefully it will not be misplaced. I look forward to reading this one. I know with any of the golf terminology I don’t understand my mother in law can help me. She is now 87 and stopped golfing two years ago.

  7. I have been surrounded by golf talk for the last 35 years with my husbands family. I cant say I understand it all but I love the passion a lot of them have. My husband has never had that passion. But we do love miniature golf. I look forward to reading this book. thanks

  8. Judy sounds like a very busy lady. someday I would love to visit Canada. I look forward to reading this book. on my to buy list.

    • Thanks Lori. As a Canadian, I always chuckle when someone says they want to visit Canada. Canadians never say, “we want to visit the U.S.” We say, “we want to visit Los Angeles, or Nashville or Boston.” Always the city, maybe sometimes just the state (Florida, as an example).

  9. Judy, I am glad I could give you a chuckle. I see what you mean. I do not know that much about Canada really. I need to look into this and become a little more educated then decide where I would like to visit. You have a really good point. Are you a golfer? Or some of your family? What made you write a story with golf as the main line?

    • I am a golfer, Lori, but golf isn’t really a main theme in this book. The murder is on a golf course but the rest is standard amateur sleuth. You don’t have to understand golf to enjoy the book

  10. I love the cover. awesome that I don’t have to understand golf. I would love to get this book and share with my daughter who loves mysteries, but like me, has not read a cozy mystery yet. thank you. checking out the Glass Dolphin series.

  11. a great excerpt. it looks like there is humor here also. I like books with humor.

    • There is humor, Lori. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but I tend to be a “witty” person in real life, and that I think filters through.

  12. Judy hope the tour has been good. Teresa thanks for hosting. this book is on my to buy list. I have enjoyed reading about the book.

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