Fore! Mystery Author Judy Penz Sheluk Talks About Golf

If you love golf as much as Judy Penz Sheluk, then you’re probably looking forward toBermuda the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., starting Thursday, April 5th, and culminating in the green jacket finish on Sunday, April 8th.

“I don’t watch a ton of golf on TV,” Sheluk admitted, “but I never miss the Masters. It’s like a right of passage: If you love golf, watching the Masters is mandatory. These are the best golfers in the world, past, present and future. It’s history and tradition and hold-your-breath moments, right alongside of “I can miss that putt” moments. It’s heartbreak and magic all rolled into one.”

Sheluk has been golfing for the last “15 or 20 years” and considers herself to be a golfer for all levels of ability. “I’m good enough to play with decent players and not annoy them too much, and bad enough to play with beginners and not intimidate them, especially since I always remember what it’s like to start out. As long as you remember the etiquette and don’t cheat, most people will be willing to golf with you.”

The idea for her latest book, A HOLE IN ONE, came to her when she was golfing— not hole-in-onethat she actually found a corpse in the woods. “What can I say? I’m always thinking of the next idea for a story.”

Synopsis: Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?


Excerpt: Arabella Carpenter let the others go first. All three managed to clear the pond with their tee shot and land on the green, but not one was anywhere close to getting a hole in one. Arabella breathed a sigh of relief—since they were sponsoring the contest, their foursome might not be eligible to win, but it still freaked her out to think someone else might. She went through her mental prep, took her swing, and watched as her ball went directly into the woods.

“Hey, you made it over the water,” Hudson said, hopping into his cart. “For someone just starting out, that’s not a bad shot.”

Arabella caught Emily’s look and smiled. He really was a nice guy. “Thanks, Hudson. Whether I can find my ball is an entirely different story. Why don’t I look for it while you guys putt in? I’m sure one of you will be able to make the shot.”

They crossed the pond on a wooden bridge just wide enough for their golf carts, parked on the path next to the hole, and grabbed their putters. Luke, Hudson, and Emily went to the green and began debating which ball to hit. Arabella trundled over to the woods, feeling stupid and hoping like hell it wasn’t infested with poison ivy. The woods were thicker than she’d expected. She walked in a couple of feet, using her putter to push the branches aside.

That’s when she started to scream.

Bio: An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime Judy Sheluk, mystery writer.jpgfiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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16 thoughts on “Fore! Mystery Author Judy Penz Sheluk Talks About Golf

  1. Oh Michael I am cranking it up. “Fulcrum of Desire” has mystery in it and it has a lot of stuff people try to deal with regarding the huge highs of life and the down stuff that we all deal with. I never pull back. Expect this novel to deal with current content, Hope. And the raging world that writers know exists in the feelings of people regarding their most private selves and struggles. Why do we write other than to open the world of feeling, love, and the depth of ourselves than write, I have some excerpts that i am ready to share with this in-the-works manuscript. I am excited about having overcome so much of my own fear about dealing with the subjects people think cannot be written about. Any experience we share is OK to write about.

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  2. Such an excellent post from Judy Penz Sheluk. I will be most interested in her writing as it is so very interesting and sounds like a great read. We all need to have great books to read. Here is another chance to have one with a sports focus. A special read and i wonder what is happening with Tiger. Can we hope for a future? Anyway is there a hope for a character like this in a mystery???

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    1. Hi MJ, Thanks for your kind comments — but I will say the book doesn’t have a huge sports focus — it really is more of an amateur sleuth mystery with a bit of a golf angle. The hope is that golfers and non-golfers will enjoy it. My editor at Barking Rain Press had never golfed, so if she understood the scene, we knew I had it. As for Tiger, while I wish him no ill will, I’m afraid I am not a fan of his. But a character like him — think Tin Cup (one of my favorite movies) and Don Johnson’s character — that could make an interesting mystery.

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  3. Yes, I think Tiger didn’t really endear himself to people with his behavior. I still hope he can do better with living than he has. As for your analysis of the golfing angle in your book – I like it and know very little about golf but it is kind of a high brow sport, or considered such. I like to read mysteries where the author has expertise I don’t have because I always end up learning something new. If your editor at Barking Rain Press understood the scenes there is hope for me having never golfed either. I have not seen the movie Tin Cup but will do so as your recommendation of it being a favorite must mean its terrific. Don Johnson is a good actor.

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  4. Sounds like a great story Kait. I haven’t heard it. Handcuffs are always interesting and possibly funny regarding a five year old. As in how did he/she manage it. And how did he/she get out of it. This is a really fun post Judy and I am enjoying it. You guys can either keep it between yourselves or let the rest of us in. Or leave it as another mystery to look in to. Whatever you decide it will be fun.

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