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Next up is The Nine Tenths Rule by Stephen Mitchell. This story begins in 1874 at St. Andrews with two old and crusty adversaries with total disdain for each other who have placing intoedotion a contest that would transcend generations and risk the livelihoods and fortunes of those that followed. Mitchell blends golf nostalgia with cutthroat deception, intrigue and and mystery. This book is part of a series taken from The Bainbridge Diaries, each of which is a golf themed legal mystery.

What I liked most was the suspense that the author built up in the quest of two families, each descendants of the original two parties to this mess, to find the ‘trophy club’ that would grant the holder the rights to the other’s land, home and possessions. A lot was at stake and Mitchell superbly takes us through the highs and lows, ebb and flow of emotions as the participants became keenly aware of just how much they stood to lose if they were not the holder of the Trophy Club. The tension was palpable!

What an enjoyable read this book was and I do highly recommend it more for its mystery and cunning plot than for any golf historical relevance. The ending certainly leaves you waiting impatiently for the next of the series to be released!!!


Thanks for visiting Ladies on the Tee at www.ladiesonthetee.com.  I think you will enjoy reading all of these books or perhaps know someone who will. All books in this series of reviews have been provided to me at no cost.  However, my reviews are based on my opinion without regard to the source of the books.

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1 Comment on Great Gifts for Golfers and NonGolfers Part Two

  1. Gerry says:

    I like when a good story weaves in a little history as well; painless learning.

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