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Hazards of the Game (Cedar Harbor Mystery #3)

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Recently widowed Paula Madigan agrees to house-sit for a friend on Puget Sound. Soon, new friends and a fresh perspective find her on the golf course, where to her shock, she discovers the bejeweled hand of a dead woman in the sand trap. The victim, unpopular at the country club, was suspected of sending nasty anonymous notes to other members. But when Paula receives her ...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Worldwide Mystery (first published August 18th 2010)
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Jun 10, 2012 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
After her husband dies while playing golf, Paula Madigan, is approached with an offer to house-sit for a friend. Hoping it will help Paula to be away from everything for a while, she agrees. So, off to Kamiak Hills Paula goes to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pappas, which is on a prestigious golf course. After getting settled, Paula joins some of the residents in a round of golf. When they get to the fourth green a body is discovered buried under the sand in the bunker. To top off that emotionally ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Roberta rated it liked it
An enjoyable mystery with a very likeable even-keeled main character and an interesting supporting cast of secondary characters.

But on page 175 I thought I was reading Time Traveler's Granddaughter when Pauline is on the phone and her granddaughter Laurie comes in, sits on a kitchen chair and listens to Pauline's end of the conversation. On page 176, while Pauline is still on the phone, she hears a car stopping in front of the house and a slamming of the car door followed by Laurie bursting thr
Oct 14, 2011 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed that though it is in the same city, Cedar Harbor, as first two of books of series(?), it is NOT about the retired teacher/retired military neighbor as I hoped it would be. I read first two books in two days and was looking forward to more of same > NOT :( From what I have read so far, the new lead character while a widow, has nothing to do with characters from the two earlier books.

I hope that Ms. Johnson will return to her original heroine/hero and continue a very interesting th
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Feb 06, 2015 Cd Rodden rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
This is what I like to call the "good vacation book". It is an easy read. The story flows nicely. The characters are not too deep. The author reveals just enough about their past to make you understand their actions in certain situations but doesn't dive into whole chapters of character development. The ending isn't exactly a shocker but it takes you there in way that maintains the mystery until the climax events.
Feb 16, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok
Murders on the golf course! A widowed grandmother gets involved investigating the murder of woman on the golf course behind the house she is house sitting for the summer on Puget Sound. Shortly thereafter, two more murders occur. Along with her granddaughter and the boy next door, they agree to share information they pick up and try to help the police make an arrest. A very quick read.
This was a good read and I enjoyed the story line. I will say that I felt like I was reading and reading and reading but not getting anywhere in the book. Little too descriptive for me but I did like the characters and the plot. You will guess the killer at the beginning but doesn't really take away from the story.
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Apr 05, 2011 Heidi Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful cozy mystery by the author of Donna Rose and the Slug War (you have to buy the book just because of the title!)
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I liked it very much! Hope Ms. Johnson writes more books with Paula and Laurie as the detectives!
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Mar 19, 2012 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Light reading, restful mystery about golf.
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Norma Tadlock Johnson's publishing history began with four romance novels co-written with her daughter, Janice Kay Johnson (herself a multi-published author of books in the romance, historical mystery, young adult and picture book categories) as Kay Kirby. These were followed by two romantic suspense novels on her own (Walker and Co). She then switched to writing for middle-grade children, and pub ...more
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