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Bermuda grass
Miles, Keith.
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First edition.
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Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2002.
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307 pages ; 23 cm
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Alan Saxon is helping to design a golf course at a new hotel in Bermuda. When his daughter, Lynette, agrees to spend a week on the island with him, he envisages an idyllic holiday. He is soon disillusioned. To begin with, Lynette brings a fellow-student from Oxford with her on the trip and Saxon has grave doubts about Jessica Hadlow. The girl is arrogant, outspoken and brimming with sexuality. Because her father is a wealthy international businessman, her attitude to people and to money makes Saxon gasp.
Once in Bermuda, his troubles really start. The nervous Peter Fullard, the course architect working with Saxon, tells him that someone is trying to sabotage their work. Saxon at first refuses to believe this but, when he discovers a dead body hanging from a cedar in the middle of the new golf course, he has to revise his opinion. Then his problems multiply as his ex-wife, Rosemary, is only too pleased to tell him.
Saxon begins to wish that he'd never come anywhere near Bermuda...
Alan Saxon made his first appearance in Bullet Hole (1986). Other titles in the series were Double Eagle, Green Murder and Flagstick.

Author Notes

Keith Miles has written four golf mysteries, and two architectural mysteries, set in America during the Depression and featuring Frank Lloyd Wright. As Edward Marston, Keith Miles has written over thirty mysteries, the majority of which have an historical setting. As Marston, he has also written forty original plays for radio, television and the theater; worked as an actor and a theater direct∨ and been Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association in the U.K. A frequent visitor to the States, he is an accomplished lecturer, raconteur and after-dinner speaker.                                  


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Booklist Review

Under several pseudonyms, Miles has written 37 crime novels, including the popular Domesday series by Edward Marston. This is the fifth Alan Saxton golf mystery but the first since 1991. With his playing career slowing down, former British Open champ Saxton has turned to golf-course design. Called to the site of his latest gig, a resort in Bermuda, to make some last-minute modifications, he flies to the island from London with his college-age daughter and her friend, hoping to mix work with relaxation. Plans change when a dead body turns up on the course, and later, his daughter and her friend are abducted. Is the golf-course project being sabotaged or are the kidnappers trying to extort money from the rich father of Saxton's daughter's friend? Fans of the series may be disappointed to discover that golf plays a fairly minor role here, but Miles constructs a reasonably engaging plot and makes the most of the island atmosphere. Mystery-reading golfers will be pleased to see Saxton back in action. Bill Ott.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this absorbing, accessible mystery from the prolific Miles, golf pro and former British Open-winner Alan Saxon (last seen in 1991's Flagstick) agrees to help design a new golf course for a Bermuda hotel, using a new hybrid grass strain (Cynadon dactylon), but his troubles begin even before he steps off the plane from England. A divorced dad, Alan has brought along his college-age daughter, Lynette, and at her insistence, an Oxford friend of hers, Jessica Hadlow. A dominating, spoiled and outspoken sexpot, Jessica quickly derails Alan's plan to enjoy a little holiday time with his daughter. Alan's architect partner, Peter Fullard, says things aren't going well with the golf course's construction, and they're made much worse when Alan discovers the body of a murdered man in the middle of the course. Then Lynette and Jessica get abducted. Alan struggles with Jessica's father, a wealthy businessman, from whom Jessica clearly derives her rude and arrogant manner, as well as with the police, the hotel management, Lynette's mother and his own guilt for not monitoring the two young women more closely. A seductive, long-legged golf enthusiast and Peter's threat to quit the project enormously complicate the picture. Miles has something for everybody in this delicious entertainment: a surprise villain, violent fisticuffs, an excellent golf game, lovely women, some sex, fine detective work and a stunning climax. (Mar. 18) FYI: Miles will be the guest of honor at the annual Malice Domestic convention in Washington, D.C., the weekend of May 3-5. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved