What do you get when you mix murder, golf, and the Grateful Dead? The funniest mystery you’ve ever read!
‘The Big Snooze,’ the first entry in the Duffer McDermott Mystery Series, is a wildly humorous, fast-paced murder mystery set in the high-pressure world of professional golf. Full of comedy, action, and a glimpse of how the rich and beautiful live, this debut novel from Cornelius Peter combines the carefully constructed plot of a traditional whodunnit with the madcap energy and laughs of your favorite comedy classics.
Welcome to La Siesta, California, aka The Big Snooze, a perfect little jewel of a town on the Pacific Ocean. Home to the wealthiest one percent of the one percent, it’s an enchanted place where the only thing more beautiful than the houses lining the shore are the people who live in them. They arrive on yachts, driving Bentleys, and flying in private jets. Sometimes, they leave in a body bag.
Francis “Duffer” McDermott’s life is in the deep rough. His career as a cop is over, he’s in debt to a pair of bloodthirsty gangsters, and his dream of playing professional golf is fading fast. But then, hope appears on the horizon like a beer cart on the ninth hole, when Duffer unexpectedly qualifies to play in the La Siesta Open. He may be the longest of long shots, but if he plays well, he’ll earn enough money to pay his debts. More importantly, if he can pull off a miracle and win the tournament, he’ll finally earn himself a spot on the PGA Tour.
Unfortunately for Duffer, his plans go off the rails when the president of the La Siesta Country Club is murdered. Complicating things further is his ongoing affair with the dead man’s wife. Now, it’s up to Duffer to solve the murder, searching through a sea of colorful characters and hanging on through every twist and turn. At the same time, he’s got to stay one step ahead of his nemesis, the Chief of Police, who’d love nothing more than to pin the murder on him. And he’s got to do it all while playing the best golf of his life…