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Detective Chief Inspector (D.C.I.) C. D. Sloan works in the deceptively quiet town and county of Calleshire, where for many years he's endured the pressures of his demanding, unreasonable boss and the company of Constable Crosby, Sloan's all too constant but not very helpful sidekick. He's also solved a series of complex murders in Aird's long-running series long praised for it's literate wit, style and charm. In her first new novel in almost two years, Hole in One, a death occurs on the links, a death that is nearly impossible and is, quite improbably, is murder. But improbable is a Calleshire specialty and as far as D. C. I. Sloan is concerned, impossible is merely par for the course.
Fans have waited two years for another of Aird's Calleshire County police procedurals, and if you like golf, this well-crafted whodunit was especially worth the wait. "Seedy" Sloan and his trip-over-the-truth sidekick, Detective Constable Crosby, tramp over hill and sand trap in search of the killer of an unknown male found buried behind the sixth green at the Berebury Golf Club. Eventually, they identify the victim as a likable young caddie who was dating the daughter of a member bidding on some land the club was planning to sell. Along the way, Sloan, who prefers roses, learns more than he cares to about golf: the history of the game, the names of each club, the lingo (a beginner is called a "rabbit"), even the origin of the term "links." Full of poetical, biblical and Shakespearian references, this fun read delivers a denouement that finishes the game well under par. Nicely played.