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  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7354932-0-6 1735493201
  • 214 pages
  • $15.99
Teed up for Terror
Ted Mulcahey, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Jewel thieves, hero dogs, white separatists and interior designers make for a tongue in cheek tale of murder and mayhem among the members of a not so exclusive country club. The story, sarcastic and irreverent at times, revolves around interior designers Kevin and Jenne O’Malley who seem to have a knack for attracting trouble. In this light-hearted parody of the membership of a private golf club, located in Bellevue, Washington, they stumble upon a gruesome murder. The incident is only the beginning of a seemingly unrelated sequence of events so heinous that it eventually attracts national attention.
Reviews
With an eye toward the absurd and cheerfully celebrating all things golf and country club, Mulcahey’s mystery novel debut, highlights clear passions though stumbles in the execution. Opening with the death on a golf course, the novel quickly introduces readers to a wide array of personalities—from Kevin and Jenne O’Malley, the owners of a successful interior design firm and owners of Emma, a delightful German Shepherd dog, to Bernie, the bumbling, obnoxious jewelry chain owner. In short order after the murder, a seemingly random attack puts another club member in the hospital, and things heat up around the normally serene Washington State community, particularly when a fortune in diamonds goes missing and radical racists get involved.

The author’s passion for the topics covered shines through in the vivid descriptions and precise attention to detail regarding the setting, interior design, and golf. That many of these details were pulled from personal experience is delightful and evident. Brightly drawn characters provide a brilliant pop of color in their relatability and diversity, with their occasionally irreverent and pointed commentary providing a welcome counterpoint to the murder, greed, racism, and other darkness that resides in the hearts of men (and women).

The multiple-perspective narration offers wonderful insights into characters’ motivation, though uneven transitions between perspectives may distract some readers. While the dialogue is snappy at times, at others it breaks the cadence of the writing with stilted phrasing. And while the salient plot points are all in place, sometimes too much is revealed at once, rather than being teased out over the course of the story. But that won’t stop readers from having wild fun following the crimes and misdemeanors of this wealthy crew.

Takeaway: This is a fun, if somewhat dark, cozy mystery set in the country club world.

Great for fans of: Stephanie Bond’s Body Movers, Cleo Coyle’s On What Grounds, Diane Mott Davidson’s Dying for Chocolate.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A

Amazon

A delightful break from conventional who-done-it mysteries, “Teed up for Terror” delivers both on the edge-of-your-seat, suspense (I carried the book everywhere, stealing a few pages whenever I could), sprinkled with smart, laugh-out-loud anecdotes which offer readers comic relief as well as intelligent revelations into the characters.
With a fond nod to the Pacific Northwest, new author, Ted Mulcahey delivers fresh, intelligent, fast-paced story-telling. The characters are well developed and quite fascinating, often reflective of their regional and political backgrounds. They carry along the plot in a wonderful overlapping way, offering multiple perspectives and voyeuristic peeks into some unlikely worlds—all with a sense of humor.
‘Teed up for Terror” is a delight! A must read, breath-of-fresh-air!

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7354932-0-6 1735493201
  • 214 pages
  • $15.99

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