When a murderer tees off at the world's most prestigious women's golf tournament, Australian top cop Carol Ashton becomes an unwilling player in a much deadlier game.
Loaded with brains, style and megabucks, Australian fashion magnate Gussie Whitlew is used to getting everything she wants. And what she wants is the finest food, the fastest cars, and the most fabulous women. This time her bait is Whitlew Challenge, an exclusive golf tournament carefully designed to lure the world's top female athletes to her private clubhouse.
With a lot more at stake than the $1.5 million purse, tension soon flares among players, fans, and just about everyone else. American star Toni Karstares (an out lesbian) and her homophobic rival, Englishwoman Fiona Hawk, are the first to go at it. Then Fiona gets caught up in a very public altercation with her larcenous manager. Before long, so much is going on off the course that even abrasive sports reporter Mandi Fiedler has a hard time keeping her eye on the ball. Until the fairway becomes a killing field and someone sets out to even the score.
Still enjoying this series - great writing, light and entertaining stories, fun and interesting characters and of course an on-and-off romance
After the faintly uneasy America-based 'Under Suspicion', this is back on course. i think that not being in Oz made me appreciate the significance that it has in all Claire McNab's novels. Australia has a huge resonance in most of her novels and the importance of it to Claire McNab comes through very clearly. 'Death Club' was quite a fun novel set on the women's golf tour - sport is always a popular lesbian setting and this is no exception. It was a light, easy read, giving readers a chance to re-visit the usual cast of chacaters who are now as fleshed out as Carol Ashton - Mark Bourke, Anne Newsome, Aunt Sarah. Some of the golfers were somewhat two-dimensional but as usual a strong denouement and pacy finish pulled me in. A good novel - my only gripe is please to get some resolution on Sibyl!
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