Mystery Mondays: Judy Penz Sheluk on Fore the Love of Golf (and Writing)

I’m very excited to have Judy on Mystery Mondays again. Before getting to her post, let me share the endorsement I wrote for her latest book: A Hole In One.

A Hole in One is a captivating page turner. Set in the world of antique dealing, dangerous secrets simmer until they lead to murder.

Penz Sheluk is an expert at writing intriguing characters. Past and present relationships drive the story. Along with a splash of romance, Penz Sheluk delivers a fast-paced story with twists that keep you guessing until the very end. You don’t have to be a golf lover to love A Hole In One.

So now go and buy her book 🙂

Fore the Love of Golf (and Writing)

by Judy Penz Sheluk

I’ve been a passionate, if less than spectacular, golfer for about 15 years now, and one of my quirkier hobbies is collecting golf quotes that are also life lessons. Here are five of my favorites:

“It takes hundreds of golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it.” Jack Nicklaus.

So true, and yet, ridiculous when you stop to think about it. The same thing can apply to the negative review that broke your heart, fellow authors – don’t let it spoil all the 4-and 5-star reviews you’ve managed to garner. You can’t par on every hole!

“In golf, as in life, it’s the follow through that makes the difference.” Anonymous.

Ah…would that be like making time to write every day instead of procrastinating?

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” P.G. Wodehouse.

Yup. Also watch the way someone treats the wait staff at a restaurant. Just saying.

“Golf is a game of ego, but it is also a game of integrity: the important thing is you do what is right when no one is looking.” Tom Watson.

Enough said.

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.” Bobby Jones.

This quote from the co-founder of The Masters is my all-time favorite, because it really is true on all counts. But how has golf made me a better writer? I’ll leave you with one last quote, this one from me:

“Golf has taught me to accept that patience is part of the process—patience and a lot of hard work. Practice may not make perfect, but it’ll go a long way to getting there.”


Judy Penz Sheluk’s latest release (March 6, 2018, Barking Rain Press).

Lo-res coverHoping 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?

 Who Is Judy Penz Sheluk

Opening Day
Judy is in the red hoodie (standing up)

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC)

Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.






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