Poisoned Pen, Mar 2002, 24.95, 307 pp.
Professional golfer Alan Saxon is partnering with highly regarded golf course architect Peter Fullard designing a course in Bermuda. Alan wants to take his Oxford College student daughter with him so they can spend some quality time together. Knowing how his acerbic ex-wife Rosemary can be, Alan asks her if their adult child can accompany him though he knows the final decision resides with Lynette. Rosemary agrees on the condition that Alan fund Lynette's friend Jessica Hadlow, daughter of a wealthy international industrialist, to join them on the trip.
However, the island proves no paradise as their taxi driver threatens Alan, vandalism is wrecking their course construction, and finally someone abducts Jessica and Lynette. Unable to sit back while the police double bogey, Alan begins his own inquiries in an attempt to safely find his beloved daughter.
Keith Miles, whose novels written as Edward Marston and Conrad Allen, are some of the best aces around, provides the audience with a powerful sports mystery that flies like an eagle. The story line is fast-paced, but it is the cast that makes the tale different as they bring humor to the plot. After a decade of absence, Alan proves he is no duffer as he struggles with what he perceives is the elitist obnoxious behavior of his ex wife and Jessica, who also tosses in a sand trap of flirting. His rescue efforts hook the reader, as BERMUDA GRASS is an above par round of enjoyment.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner