Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme-a charity golf tournament! This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced-a top of the line bass boat-nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport. Sheriff Arly Hanks, who has better things to worry about, just wishes it would all go away. When Tommy Ridner beats the odds and sinks a hole-in-one to win the boat on the first day of the tournament, it looks like it's all over. Until the next morning, when he's found dead, his head caved in by a golf club. Now, according to the rules, the prize is once again up for grabs. Arly Hanks is faced with a complicated investigation-and darned near everyone in town is a suspect.
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by Joan Hess
by Margaret Maron
by Patricia Cornwell
"Joan Hess and C.J. Critt get a hole in one with this return to the town of Maggody, Arkansas. The zany residents provide the perfect vehicle for Critt's comedic timing. She delivers the endless sarcasm of Chief of Police Arly Hanks perfectly in this story of murder, golf, and marital discord. Dealing with her own family secrets, Arly endeavors to solve a double murder, even though her witnesses can't seem to stop lying to her. Critt fully develops the extensive cast of supporting characters--from the gruff, razor-sharp tones of Mrs. Jim Bob to the quivering falsettos of the town's nosy neighbors. Critt's expressive narration guides keeps the listener on track through the novel's subplots. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"