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New Mexico has more than its share of unique and well-publicized attributes, but the one they prefer to play down is the fact that they lead the United States in lightning deaths per capita. Thus, the Cottonwood Creek Country Club of Los Alamos, which is hosting the High Desert Women's Classic golf tournament, takes elaborate measures to ensure that the numbers don't go up during the high-profile tournament.
Nevertheless, disaster strikes. On the very first morning, Ted Guthrie, the chairman of the club's board of directors, is killed when a bolt of lightning strikes the umbrella he is holding aloft at the second tee; a shocking, once-in-a-million accident. Or is it? Guthrie just happens to be the most reviled man in town, and for all the best reasons, so that his death is received more with relief than in sorrow, although most would say they would have preferred a less sensational exit.
Struggling golfer Lee Ofsted, knocked out of the tournament by an elbow injury and now scrambling to meet her expenses by providing color commentary for the TV coverage, finds herself beginning to wonder—with good reason—just how accidental Guthrie's death was. She takes her fears to the police, but they are understandably unimpressed. How, they ask, do you arrange someone's death via lightning bolt? No, this was simply an unfortunate accident, nothing more. They advise Lee to stick to her job and leave them to theirs. But her suspicions of foul play are heightened when her friend Boyd Marriner, the TV producer, promptly falls dead on consuming a takeout meal of chiles rellenos and black beans.
Fortunately, her new love interest, Carmel police lieutenant Graham Sheldon, shows up unannounced. Despite his better judgment he is pulled into her hunt for the cunning killer that lurks behind the scenes. Before they are through, the two of them will come frighteningly close to being one more "unfortunate accident" statistic. Like its predecessor, A Wicked Slice, Rotten Lies is set against a backdrop of high-society country-clubbers, low-society golfers, and the travails of earning a living on the professional golf tour.
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With their backgrounds in art scholarship, forensic anthropology, and psychology, Charlotte and Aaron Elkins were destined to be mystery writers. Between them, they’ve written thirty mysteries since 1982, garnering such awards as the Agatha Award for the best short story of the year, the Edgar Award for the year’s best mystery, and the Nero Wolfe Award for Literary Excellence. The pair revels in creating intensively researched works that are as accessible and absorbing as they are sophisticated and stylish. Charlotte was born in Houston, Texas, Aaron in New York City. They live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.From Publishers Weekly:
Exhibiting admirable follow-through, the authors of A Wicked Slice bring back young golf-pro/sleuth Lee Ofsted in a classic cozy that draws extra appeal from its golf-tour milieu. After a record opening-day round at New Mexico's Cottonwood Creek Country Club, Lee is out front in the Women's Professional Golf League High Desert tournament. But the twinge of tennis elbow that bothered her on the 17th hole flares after she attempts CPR on a man she finds on the course, apparently the victim of a lightning strike. Unable to save Ted Guthrie, the antagonistic president of Cottonwood Creek's board of directors, Lee can't swing a club either. Withdrawing from the tournament, she goes to work with the TV crew covering the tour and is thus on the scene when venerable sports announcer Boyd Marriner dies in the cafeteria. Using her TV role as an investigative cover, Lee probes both deaths, joined in her sleuthing by her boyfriend, Graham Sheldon, a California cop who comes to visit. The pursuit of a killer leads to nighttime danger on the high desert golf course before the game and winning Lee can resolve the puzzles of both the homicides and her heart.
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