Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
About Murder up to Bat
Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Independently Published (August 18, 2022)
Paperback : 186 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8218055424
Digital ASIN : B0BBPPR2SF
Mystery with a whiff of romance…After falling in love with the quiet lake life and a certain police detective, former Chicago Tribune reporter Emma Moore trades interviewing jocks for chasing champion cows at the county fair. As a small-town newspaper reporter, she covers local topics both big and small, but when her friend Luke is arrested for the murder of the head coach of his club softball team, she’ll need to hone her investigative skills to clear his name. Emma calls up her best friend Grace for help, and together the women go up against cutthroat parents willing to kill for a chance to get their daughters onto a premier college sports team.
It’s the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded, and murder is up to bat. Can Emma and her friends bring the heat and win the game?
People all over take their kid’s sports very seriously especially when scouts are watching with the promise of college scholarships. In Murder up to Bat, it is girls’ softball at the forefront and a coach being killed.
Reporter Emma Moore and her significant other Detective Ryan O’Mara arrive at their friend Luke’s gym, LT’s Performance and Fitness Center, just in time to see Luke standing over Coach Brian Barnett with a bat in his hand. Emma knows the scene is daunting but there is no way her friend Luke is responsible for that attack. Thankfully her best friend Grace is in town visiting. Together they will be doing some scouting of their own with the promise of clearing Luke’s name and catching the real killer.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, set in my home state of Wisconsin, and was thrilled when I learned this book was being released. Let me tell you it was worth the wait. Elizabeth McKenna did not disappoint.
Emma Moore has made her home in Fontana reporting about champion cows and small-town life instead of the hustle of Chicago. Of course, falling in love with Fontana Detective Ryan O’Mara made the move pretty easy. She is making new friends like Luke while still keeping in touch with old friends like Grace who comes to visit in this story. Emma could see Luke was attracted to Grace from the moment they met but Grace was oblivious at first. Now, Grace is all in to clear Luke of murder and see what their future holds. All four characters are relatable and likable.
The new characters introduced in this story, the softball players, their parents, and coaches are well-crafted, all with a purpose to the story. While none has been driven to murder I have witnessed people like them in real life. Ms. McKenna has captured their stunning behavior perfectly.
The author has written a very tangled-up mystery that was not easy to solve. Gossip, jealousy, and secrets lead Emma, Grace, Luke, and Ryan in several different directions before the truth is revealed. It was a surprising and emotional ending.
For me, Murder up to Bat was A Perfect Escape. A mystery with just the right about of romance and engaging core characters! I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the 3rd book in this series. I am anxious to take the short trip south to the Fontana/Lake Geneva area again soon.
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About Elizabeth McKenna
Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).
Her novels reflect her mercurial temperament and include historical romances, contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and dark mysteries. With some being “clean” and some being “naughty,” she has a book for your every mood.
Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband and Sidney, the rescue dog from Tennessee. When she isn’t writing, reading, editing, or walking the dog that never tires, she’s sleeping.
Great Escapes Praise for Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
Wow, Ms. McKenna knows how to start the story going with this mystery. Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna is a great story that ended up being worth the three-year wait. I am rating Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna with five stars, and I recommend it to all you cozy readers out there. I can’t wait for more of these tales.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
If you are looking for an entertaining, enjoyable, and unique cozy mystery, I highly recommend you give Murder Up To Bat by Elizabeth McKenna a try.
~The Book Decoder
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