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Stinger Maguire: 2 (Bruce DelReno Mysteries) [Paperback]

Mike Bove

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22 Mar 2014 Bruce DelReno Mysteries
Taryn Maguire was good at hitting the shot called a stinger, good enough to get on the PGA Tour. Taryn was called "Stinger." A top golfer, he was also known as a humanitarian. He was found brutally murdered after returning to Willowtree, Arizona, his hometown, for a charity event. Bruce DelReno, a retired postman and golf enthusiast, found the body and becomes emotionally involved in the murder investigation. With his friends, including Ben Samuel, his Apache sidekick, he uncovers secrets long held by people in Willowtree. When Stinger’s own secret is discovered it becomes a bigger story than his death. Fans of "Willowtree," the first Bruce DelReno Mystery, will find more of Bruce’s unique relationships with friends, the police, witnesses, and suspects.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (22 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149613446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496134462
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm

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Mike Bove is a Vermont native who taught in public schools and coached high school track and soccer. He was involved as an actor and director in high school, college, and Community Theater. He adapted a folk tale, The Nosebag, for the stage, produced and directed it. Mike left teaching and worked for the Postal Service after moving to Cape Cod. There he became an avid golfer and fisherman. Now, in Arizona and retired, he is writing the series of Bruce DelReno Mysteries.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, Well-Crafted Mystery 22 May 2014
By Veritas Vincit - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I didn't read Bove's first DelReno mystery, I will certainly go back to check it out now. I grew up on mystery television shows and have become a bit of a mystery lover in my middle age. Being a fan of golf didn't hurt in my choice of this book, either. Some people complain that mystery novels (just like with long-running mystery tv series) can get boring or hackneyed, and to some degree, I agree with that statement. However, Bove crafted a fictional town that seems plucked from real life, populating it with engaging characters that a reader actually cares about and weaving a story that keeps a reader guessing. There wasn't any condescending allusions or hints to the truth, so the slow build of suspense was genuine, and it felt like we stayed at the same pace of revelation as Bruce, which is a credit to Bove, as he is clearly able to keep the twists and turns of the story a secret until the perfect moment. As I'm sure other readers will agree, Bruce is an instantly lovable character, and his old job as a postman is the perfect foundation on which to build great relationships, long-term friendships, and a deep devotion to the town and its residents. He isn't some hot shot detective; he is just a normal guy who is trying to right a wrong.

The buddy cop element with Ben was particularly entertaining and charming, and while the tag team partnership is a classic trope in mysteries, it didn't seem played out, and the relationship was unique and amusing. All in all, I can see this becoming a very strong series of mystery novels, because Bove seems to genuinely care about his characters just as much as the reader does, and he succeeds in delivering a powerfully unpredictable story that will have you shaking your head at the close. I promise - you won't see the ending coming in this marvelous whodunnit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Plays Through Stinger and Bruce Finds Out Why 15 May 2014
By Marc Stern - Published on
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What happens when you retire from the post office, love golf and have a talent for writing? If your name is Mike Bove, you use all three and you begin a detective series built around the name Bruce DelReno.

In his first work, Bove shows that he actually know what writing is about from just about the opening sentence. Briefly, the first book covers the day when Bruce finds a very dead body near his favorite golf course and, once he's cleared by police, he works to help solve the foul play in the small Arizona town of Willowtree. It's a very interesting read and even just a quick read shows that Bove is a talented writer.

His talent is getting better in the second Bruce DelReno novel Stinger McGuire. Always a talented golfer, Taryn (Stinger) McGuire joined the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tour as a young player who had a variety of tricks in his golf bag, including the "stinger." If you follow tennis, you probably have heard of the inside-out forehand that keeps the ball flat and low, barely clearing the net and hitting the court in some interesting ways.

Stinger's "stinger" could be described as something like that. It was low, quick and snap-curved onto the fairway putting extra yardage on the shot. His repertoire of shots, power and accuracy made him a threat in any tourney. He had, after all, several PGA wins under his belt and his future looked bright, until someone decided to use him as a target in a very specialized driving range (you'll have to find out yourself). Stinger grew up in Willowtree and he is back in town to play in a local a charity tourney, but his role as a player is rather short as someone plays through him in the men's locker room at Stinger's old high school.

Because he has the time, Bruce has taken over as coach of the high school golf team and is the one who finds that Stinger had been stung permanently. He was asked to keep this one as quiet as possible, a rather impossible task in a tiny town with friends and others about.

As he unravels the ropes of this Gordian knotted case, Bruce has to deal with a whole series of secrets and prejudices that are just below the surface. He succeeds and establishes himself as a first-rate detective and an asset to the tiny Wintertree police department.

Since Bove is a golfoholic - he actually has the time to play golf to his heart's content since his real retirement from the Post Office - you would expect puns, jokes and inside jokes about golf and they are there (author's note: I was a scratch, hacker/duffer some years ago before I threw my sticks in a local dust bin, but I still like golf and I can understand what drives a writer like Bove and his fanaticism.

Bove's writing is like eating peanuts, by the way, you just can't stop with one so I hope he hurries up and gets Bruce back out there as soon as possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Nice shot, Stinger!" 10 May 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Mike Bove may live in Cottonwood, Arizona, but he remains a Vermonter at heart. After completing his schooling in Vermont, and writing articles and drawing cartoons for his college newspaper, he became a teacher and a coach and a school drama director and actor in both school and community theater. Despite his avid hunger for reading, his source material proved to be text books, coaching manuals and plays (both reading and writing), his passion for the classics as well as contemporary writing took second place out of necessity. He moved to Cape Cod where fishing and golf usurped is time until he joined the US Postal Service and was transferred to Arizona. Retiring from this his second job, he consumed mystery novels and that became the focus for his drive to write on his own. His first book was WILLOWTREE - and STINGER MAGUIRE is his second, both books being part of what he calls his Bruce DelReno Mystery series.

Bove jumps right into his story with an immediacy that guarantees he has his reader's attention. Bruce DelReno is a retired mailman and avid golfer who a year ago discovered the murdered body near the golf course. His discovery leads to an investigation that leads to some surprises in the little town of Willowtree. This time, a year later DelReno discovers another murder victim, this time a close friend and exceptional golfer Taryn `Stinger' Maguire who also happened to be a first rate humanitarian. Maguire had come to Willowtree for a charity event and was murdered at the golf course. DelReno, shocked at the loss of a respected man and a good friend, sets out to solve yet another murder and in the process uncovers secrets not only about the deceased Maguire but also the well kept secrets of the people of Willowtree. Again he engages the aid of his sidekick Ben Samuel, an Apache Indian, and interacts with all the people on the course and in the town until the murder is solved.

Bove's penchant for golf (seeming close to an obsession!) makes this a man's book that will appeal especially to golfers - lots of inside stories and thoughts and jokes spin through the narrative. But Bove has created a very recognizable hero character in Bruce DelReno that should serve as an anchor for many more novels. This book is a fine mixture of mystery and human comedy. Grady Harp, May 14
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots to like here, but... 5 July 2014
By bass player 61 - Published on
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Fun mystery surrounding the death of a well-liked professional golfer. When Stinger's body is found and the murder scene is quite gruesome and disturbing, the local police are baffled. As the sparingly few clues are gathered, more and more people become persons of interest. Bruce DelReno, a retiree who has a penchant for detective work, assists the police, and although he sometimes gets in their way, other times he's quite helpful. Lots of good things to like about this book, including the many characters and the way the suspicion is cast about at more than a few of them. Although some of the conversation has them talking in circles at times, Bruce's friendships with a wide variety of townsfolk start paying off with tidbits of information that may (or may not) help solve the case. The negative things in this book are few, but they do indeed detract from the story, IMO. First was the overabundance of political correctness, and then preaching about it repeatedly until it was overkill. Enough already, we get the point, and the numerous reminders throughout the book were definitely a detraction from the flow of the story. Secondly, on a much lighter note, was the author's use of G-names...Grimes, Griffin, Gimmie, Genny, Gerry, and Gallihan...there were at least six names all starting with the same letter. Also B-names...Bruce, Ben, Bob, Bill. Mix it up a little, LOL! Overall, I liked the story, as it had a nice small-town feel to it. But I would have enjoyed it more without the repetitive preachyness.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and intriguing mystery 12 Jun 2014
By Mary Catherine Ferguson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This mystery is well-written, exciting, fun, and snappy. I'm not really into golf, but I do enjoy reading about sports and hobbies written by someone who does genuinely love them, and Mike Bove certainly does. The characters were fun and believable, the story kept me turning the pages, and the mystery was thoroughly satisfying. A fun read!
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