Books by James Y. Bartlett

DEATH FROM THE LADIES TEE by James Y. Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

Despite a stronger opening situation and slicker moves than in Death is a Two-Stroke Penalty, Bartlett still doesn't seem to have the hang of the classic detective story. Here, sportswriter Pete Hacker is lured out of vacation to cover an LPGA tournament in Florida, only to find his natural distaste for the flat, marshy courses aggravated by the bulldozing tactics of LPGA Players Assn. President, Big Wyn Stillwell, who's been blackmailing both ``her girls'' on the tour and besotted LPGA commissioner Benton Burgmeister for their sexual peccadilloes, mostly with each other. Benton takes an easy out by getting killed, but there's never much question about who killed him- -though Hacker does have time for some likably abrasive face-offs with Big Wyn and an understated romance with a British pro. All the ingredients of an old-fashioned mystery, then, except for the mystery. Read full book review >
DEATH IS A TWO-STROKE PENALTY by James Y. Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

A pleasant, unremarkable first novel asking who shoved up-and- coming pro golfer John Turnbull into a ditch off the 14th hole after hours in the middle of a South Carolina tournament. Was it his brainy, attractive financial-analyst bride Becky, his longtime golf rival Bert Lewis, golf groupie Jean MacGarrity, drug-dealing caddy Jocko ``Drugstore'' Moore, or fundamentalist PGA preacher Brother Ed Durkee, whose ``God Squad'' stands to pick up a cool half-million of Turnbull's insurance? Golfer-turned-sportswriter-turned-detective Pete Hacker, when he's not immersed in earnest speculations about the metaphysics of golf (the book's title isn't as flippant as you think), manages to annoy the suspects into fistfights, attempted murder, and a final, plain-vanilla showdown. A series is promised, though it's likely to interest only hard- core golf fans. Read full book review >