Pink Pony: Murder on Mackinac Island (Burr Lafayette Mystery #1) by Charles Cutter
The world-class Port Huron-Mackinac sailboat race has just finished at Mackinac Island. As soon as the boats dock, the sailors head for the legendary Pink Pony, But the night takes a grisly tern, and Jimmy Lyons is found dead the next morning in the bar, strangled by a string of Christmas tree lights.
Murdo Halverson, a wealthy manufacturer from Detroit at Jimmy’s former partner, is arrested for the murder. It turns out that the free spending Jimmy was broke. Each of his crew, including Murdo, had a reason to kill him. As did his wife, Jane.
Burr Lafayette, recently divorced at the deposed head of the litigation department of a major Detroit law firm, is recruited to defend Murdo by his wife, Anne, and his mother, Martha, the widowed matriarch of the family.
A man at loose ends, Burr is a brilliant litigator who prefers boats and dogs over courtrooms and clients. But he’s not a criminal lawyer, and this looks like a losing case. Did Murdo kill Jimmy or was it someone else?
This is the first book in the Burr Lafayette series. The Gray Drake and The Bear Bones are the next two books in the series.