Six Strokes Under Book Summary and Study Guide

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Berkley, Jun 2002, 5.99, 272 pp.
ISBN: 0425185222

Former PGA caddie Cassandra Burdette will soon attend the LPGA Qualifying School in Sarasota. Her mother hates that Cassandra is wasting her time on this frivolous activity that reminds her too much of her former husband, the golf pro who deserted them. Though lacking family support and knowing the odds are so against her, Cassandra knows she must try. Also attending the four day “boot camp” is fellow Myrtle Beach phenomena Kaitlin Rupert, who claims recovery of an ugly memory that her father sexually abused her.
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After finishing a visit with her psychiatrist, Cassandra notices that the door to a neighboring doctor's office is open when it never is and she hears weird noises from within. Reluctantly Cassandra enters only to find someone has murdered Dr. Benchley, Kaitlin's psychiatrist. Police Detective Maloney feels that Cassandra is the prime suspect and does not want her leaving town any time soon. Cassandra begins making her own inquiries not realizing that a killer will gladly ace her if she gets to close to learning the score.

SIX STROKES UNDER makes a birdie as the opening drive of the Golf Lover's Mystery. The story line is at its best when Cassandra prepares for her big moment at school while dealing with a who-done-it that psychologically ruins par for her. Cassandra is a wonderful heroine, but why she accepts bogies from Kaitlin hurts her appeal. Still, Roberta Isleib provides duffers with an entertaining amateur sleuth sports tale that is a fine first round.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   sports Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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