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February 10, 2006
Contact: Dr. Roberta Isleib

Murder Mystery Character Tees Off in South Hadley

Fictional amateur sleuth and LPGA player, Cassie Burdette, pays a visit to the South Hadley, Massachusetts area in March, with the publication of a new mystery novel, FINAL FORE (Berkley Prime Crime, March, 2006.) While in town, Burdette, the protagonist, will play in the US Open, a tournament that actually took place on Mount Holyoke's Orchards Golf Course in 2004.

In FINAL FORE, Cassie Burdette is steeling her nerves for the US Women's Open, the most prestigious—and toughest—women's golf event in the world. She's already rattled by the absence of Laura, her favorite caddie, and by a controversial invitation to a men's pro tournament. But then a rival dies, and Cassie learns that in high-stakes golf, competition can truly be murder. Add in the appearance of a sexy calendar and Burdette's subsequent amateur sleuthing, and the ingredients are all there for a fast-moving murder mystery.

"It's ironic," laughs Connecticut author Roberta Isleib, "but picture-postcard Mount Holyoke campus and the town of South Hadley are so wonderfully charming, they make the perfect foil for a cozy murder mystery." In addition to the Orchards, readers will recognize Isleib's settings at the Mt. Holyoke chapel and library, the Odyssey Bookstore, nearby restaurants, and more.

Isleib, a clinical psychologist, took up writing about golf in order to justify her time spent on the links. In addition to writing about the sport she loves, Isleib seeks to depict realistic aspects of her mental health profession to counter the wacky images often portrayed in the popular media. Isleib's series has been nominated for an Agatha award for Best First Mystery and two Anthony awards for Best Paperback Original.

Dr. Isleib will be speaking at RJ Julia's in Madison, CT on March 15 at 7 pm.

"Isleib definitely shoots under par with FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN." Donna Andrews, 6-time LPGA Tour winner

"Isleib demonstrates her knowledge of golf, while still attracting readers who have never done more than putt balls over a moat and through a spinning windmill."—January Magazine