A Hole in One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery

Glass Dolphin Mystery Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Kelli Lindsay
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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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?

©2017, 2018 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2018 Judy Penz Sheluk

Critic Reviews

“What fun! A twisty tale chock full of clues and red herrings, antiques and secrets, and relationships that aren’t what they seem. And who doesn’t love an Elvis impersonator?” (Jane K. Cleland, award-winning author, Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries and Mastering Plot Twists)

“A bang-up mystery! Two friends, two murders, secret pasts, and a touch of romance. Who could ask for more?” (Lea Wait, USA Today best-selling author, Shadows Antique Print and Mainely Needlepoint mysteries)

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Murder on the Third Hole

Writing coaches always tell you to write what you know. It helps to ensure your stories are plausible, gives you the confidence to explore the inner depths of your characters (because you don't have to keep consulting the internet or your experts for basic details) and usually means a reader won't toss the book aside because it's just not believable. Sometimes, particularly when it comes to a story's geography, it can also provide the reader with a very pleasurable walk down memory lane.
Judy Penz Sheluk sets many of her stories in a territory she obviously knows well, the bedroom communities along the 400 corridor from North York to Lake Simcoe. In A Hole In One, she's tossed in a trip to cottage country west o Barrie along the bottom of Georgian Bay. Having spent nearly 20 years of my life in that area, this story was a pleasurable trip to earlier times that would have sold me on the book, even if it hadn't been such a great murder mystery.
Fortunately for those of you who aren't looking for a chance to vicariously experience Simcoe/Huronia's many pleasures, this book is also a thoroughly enjoyable double murder mystery with a whole lot of interesting characters - some virtuous but a significant number of rogues and scallywags.
Arabella, the boutique owner and amateur sleuth who takes the staring role is charming, smart and empathetic ... and it's really not her fault that she's not very good at men. For that matter, nobody in this one is particularly good at relationships which makes the potential list of murder suspects a long one. In spite of the long list, Arabella does eventually put all the pieces together, exposing thieves, murderers, blackmailers and conmen and leaving the reader satisfied with a well spun tale.
Even if you're not from "north of Toronto the Good" , there's lots to love about this one.

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Loving the series

This is the second Glass Dolphin Mystery and it's as good as the first. This time Emily and Arrabella are golfing in a charity tournament when a dead body shows up on the green. The two are drawn into a mystery of who the man is, why he was there, and why he was killed. Friends are accused, enemies are made or at least acquaintances are unfriended, and new friends made. Who knew there was an Elvis festival in Thornsby?!!

Quite enjoyed this second book. Glad to have found another Canadian author to add to my list of go-to-read.

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Great Sequel

I really enjoyed this book. This is a great sequel. The mystery was well crafted. The characters are relatable and likable. I liked how things took a turn in Emily's plans. I think this book the chemistry between the characters is much better. The plot was well developed and moves at a great pace with well place clues and red herrings. I look forward to the next in the series.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator does a great job of bringing the story and characters to life. She brings each character's personality off the page. I had no problems following which character was speaking.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

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Another great mystery

Loved it! This is the second book in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series, and it just keeps getting better. Being familiar with the main characters of Emily and Arabella, I was able to slip straight into the story.
The two women are now working together at the antique shop, The Glass Dolphin, and their skills compliment each other. Emily is keen to promote the business, and the business is a sponsor for the upcoming charity golf tournament.
What starts out as a pleasant day at the golf course, soon goes awry with the discovery of a body in the wooded area near hole number three. It falls to Arabella’s ex-husband to identify the man as his estranged father, with whom he has not had a relationship for over twenty-five years.
The next twist in the tale brings Emily into the mystery, as the victim has been using her ex-boyfriend’s name to rent a place nearby.
Indeed, the plot has thickened …
With her investigative journalist head on, Emily wants to know why the man used Kevin’s name, and for this she needs to – reluctantly – speak with the man who dumped her and spurred her move to Lount’s Landing.
As with book one in the series – The Hanged Man’s Noose – the story has an abundance of twists and moves at a quick pace as clues and evidence are finally revealed.
The characters have both flaws and strengths, and as a result they are engaging and likeable, but not perfect.
I really hope the author has more lined up for this series …and soon 🙂

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One of the Best listening

Wonderful listening. You will not be able to put it down once you start listening. Wendy knows how to make each chapter continue in the same gripping excitement - the right to the end. But best of all (to me), I love Wendy's delightful ability to describe things. I laughed so much at her twists with words. She is a fabulous writer in every way!

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Surprisingly good!

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. I feel like the author brings a lot to the table through her well-developed characters and very relatable. There are twists that keep the listener engaged in the story. This was a fun mystery that wraps up nicely. Even though this is a series, these books can listen to as standalone novels; however, there are some minor references that may not be understood without reading the 1st one in the series.

I thought the narrator did a great job in this performance. Their voice fits the main character well and they did a good job distinguishing between each character.

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Even better than the first!

Thank you Judy for another great mystery!
I thought I had it figured out multiple times, but she kept me guessing.

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Great story

I received a bonus code for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the narrator. I especially enjoyed it because it mentions locations in Northern Ontario I am very familiar with -- Sault Sainte Marie and Goulais River.

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A Hole in One... or Two

I absolutely love a good cozy mystery, and this book did not disappoint. There are fun characters, an interesting plot, and twists and turns to keep you guessing.

This is the first book by Judy Penz Sheluk that I have listened to, and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed both the storyline and also Kelli Lindsay’s narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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What a fun murder mystery

I have always been fond of cozy murder mysteries and this book goes the spot. This book is full of twists that you do not expect, and enough quirky characters to keep it fun and entertaining. I have really been enjoying this author's character development she really is inventive or has met some interesting people in life.

The narration in this book was very comfortable just like the book itself.

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  • mani
  • 11-20-18

A Good Mystery

The story has my attention in all that was going on, an interesting puzzle that had enough to keep going on.Such a pleasure to be taken along in the story

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 01-07-19

Fully fleshed characters and an interesting story

After enjoying ‘Than Hanged Man’s Noose’ so much, I was eager to continue listening to Emily and Arabella’s adventures. There’s a golf tournament celebrated in Lount’s Landing, and the Glass Dolphin is participating as a sponsor. The atmosphere is festive and relaxed until Arabella discovers a body close to one of the holes. The dead man is no other than Arabella’s husband’s father. This is why the book feels more centered around Arabella than Emily, but there are still plenty of moments where the two girls investigate together.

I had a great time listening to this cozy mystery. The inhabitants of Lount’s Landing are already like old friends to me, and the several twists and turns in the story kept my attention until the end. It was clever how many of the characters were related, and this made the story more interesting and intricate. Judy Penz Sheluk creates fully fleshed characters and weaves interesting stories with great style.

What felt strange was that this book is narrated by a different person than book one. I didn’t feel very attached to the narrator or the first book, but even like that, it felt off (it always does when changing narrators mid-series). Kelli Lindsay’s voices and interpretations were very good, which made the dialogs flow easily, but in general, I found her reading a bit clunky and with some pauses where there shouldn’t have been any. Kind of like trying to read a text instead of narrating a story.

I am looking forward to more sleuthing by Emily and Arabella, and more stories and curiosities about antiquities and female entrepreneurship.

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  • Julie
  • 04-25-20

Above par

This is the second book in the series and I can say I enjoyed both books and for different reasons. I think I liked this book better, book one was setting up the characters and with this one it felt like Emily had found her calling promoting the antique shop rather than as reporter. I don't think you need to have read or listened to the first one to enjoy it, as it works well as a stand alone.The story is told by both Emily and Arabella as they investigate and I think this works very well for the story, keeping it moving. The mystery was good with plenty of goings on.
Emily and Arabella agree to sponsor a hole in the local golf competition at a charity golf tournament by giving Which ever gets a hole in one winning a jet ski. A dead body on the course soon brings the tournament to a grinding halt and gets worse for Arabella when the dead man turns out to be the long lost father of her ex husbands, a man he denials have seen since the man walked out on him and his mother when he was just a lad. The police soon find a witness to rebuff the claim and he becomes the number on suspect. Arabella doesn't know much about her ex husbands family he always refused to talk about it but she knows on thing he is not a killer. Can she and Emily prove the gun that was used to killed him was stolen before the murder and someone other than her ex husband had a reason to kill him? What about the other members of his group FYSST? Do they or his past have a connection to what happened to him now?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with the voices.
I was given his free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deedra
  • 11-19-19

A Hole in One

This was an excellent follow up to 'The Hanged mans noose'.We follw the story with Arraballa and Emily doing a benefits big prize from the Glass Dolphin.A body is found and the whole town is suspected of murder.Kelli Lindsay did a fne job with narration.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • deafmick
  • 09-09-19

I like this audio book i give it ,5 out of 5. I have more of there work all very good 100%

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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

10/10

Great storyline could not stop listening
Stayed up till late to finish the audio off

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 05-10-19

Golf, Media Gossip and Murder.

Arabella and Emily are in a partnership in running a small town antique shop. They sponsor a golf tournament in an effort to create some publicity but are rewarded with a dead body being discovered at the tournament. Our very likeable and intrepid duo set out to investigate. The characters, dialogue and setting are wonderfully portrayed and further enhanced by first rate narration. The listener is treated to a murder mystery with twists, turns and intrigue. This is a very enjoyable novel.

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  • Layla
  • 03-18-19

A glass Dolphin mystery

I loved the mystery not so much the romance. It was would they wouldn't they. I did not understand what was going on in their heads.

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  • Jeff
  • 01-21-19

enjoyable

this was a bit slow and in my mind a bit typical story line but enjoyably;le none the less

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  • bluepits73
  • 01-03-19

Well Develped Characters

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. I feel like the author brings a lot to the table through her well developed characters and very relatable. There are twists that keep the listener engaged in the story. This was a fun mystery that wraps up nicely. Even though this is a series, these books can be listened as standalone novels; however, there are some minor references that may not be understood without reading the 1st one in the series.

I thought the narrator did a great job in this performance. Their voice fit the main character well and they did a good job distinguishing between each character.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.