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A Huck Doyle Mystery by Don Dahler
Review: Los Angeles private investigator and on-again/off-again golf pro Huck Doyle finds himself playing a practice round at a course near Honolulu when one of his playing partners slumps to the ground, not from a heart attack as originally thought, but from a gunshot wound to the back, in Water Hazard, the second mystery in this series by Don Dahler.
The voice was as silky as the jet black hair.
I gave a nod to the barman, who returned the nod and got to work on the drink. My new friend held out a hand.
I'm with the bank. Mr. Ching asked me to meet with you.
Of course. And here I thought one of my groupies had caught up with me.
She smiled again, but it was that indulgent smile beautiful women pull out when they're deflecting a flirtatious comment.
That being said (so to speak), Water Hazard is, as a mystery, more superficial than substantial. It has all the requisite elements of a crime novel but lacks a sense of urgency, the competitive spirit, as it were. For example, one has the impression that almost as much time is devoted to discussing the game of golf as is investigating the murder of Wong. This may be no different in concept than what occurs in a crafty or culinary cozy, but for some reason it seems more casual, even leisurely, here. Still, the plot plays out well, the characters generally interesting and appealing. Readers looking for something a bit different and not too demanding in the way of a mystery to take along on vacation this summer may find Water Hazard to be a good choice.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Water Hazard for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Water Hazard: Hawaii
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Water Hazard by Don Dahler — A Huck Doyle Mystery
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