This is the third of a series of four murder mysteries featuring lady golfer Lee Ofsted and her boyfriend Graham Sheldon. The series to date consists of:
1) Wicked Slice 2) Rotten Lies 3) Nasty Breaks 4) Where have all the Birdies gone?
The prologue to "Nasty Breaks", set in 1971, describes a tragic event during salvage operations off Block Island, a small and beautiful place off the coast of New England. Then the action cuts to "the present day" (approximately 1997 when the book was published).
Lee Ofsted is an up-and-coming lady golfer trying to make it in the Women's Professional Golf League. She is between tournaments when she gets a lucrative offer to spend a week teaching golf to executives of a salvage company at Block Island. And when her boyfriend Graham, a former cop who is now an international security consultant, gets a chance to join her on the island, it appears that Lee's stay on Block island will be most enjoyable.
But soon after she has arrived on the island, funny things start to happen. First there is a ludicrously inept attempt to kidnap a prominent person connected with the salvage company for whose executives the golf course is being run. Then Lee and Graham find the owner of the company murdered. And it soon appears that almost every senior executive had a motive.
Eventually a tale of greed and ambition going back almost two hundred years is discovered ...
I know nothing about golf apart from having read some of PG Wodehouse's books about golf, but it doesn't matter. It is easy to understand the highs and lows of the golf tournament and the human drama carries the murder plot forward lightly.