Nov 082012
 

Curveball
A Cat McDaniel Mystery #2 (The Foul Ball Series)
Cozy Mystery
Published by Camel Press (October 1, 2012)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603818957
E-book File Size: 2516 KB
ASIN: B009K8AL5W

Cat McDaniel is a baseball journalist and she specializes in exposing the truth. These exposes are not always well received. The last one left her unemployed.

Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken–Baseball legend, eight-time All Star … and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Cat gets a job offer but with a curveball. She can be the team reporter in the Spring if she spends the next few weeks chaperoning Paige during her internship in Latin America. Of course she can write a few blog posts as well, but her main job is to keep Paige out of trouble. This is easier said than done. When an aspiring player is found dead and his mother blames Paige’s new love, Chance Hayward, Cat decides to do a little snooping of her own. Will she hit it out of the park and catch the killer or will she strike out and loose everything?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cat is quite a sleuth and a smart woman that you don’t want to mess with. She loves baseball and everything that goes with it. The game, the players, training camp, the beer and the hot dogs. She also likes to right wrongs and get to the bottom of the story which makes her an excellent reporter.

The other characters are good as well. Paige is something else. Her closet and shopping trips and her critique of Cat’s wardrobe had me in stitches. She does go through a life changing experience that will have fans rooting for her by the end of the story.

The story is full of twists and turns and the ending was a bit of surprise. A solid mystery.

I really enjoyed this book. I had not read the first story in the series Big Leagues, but have downloaded to my Kindle to read soon! I had no trouble following this story but definitely want to go back to read how everything started. A story baseball fans will love!

Dollycas

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About This Author
Born and raised in Illinois, Jen Estes started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007 and expanded to freelance sports writing in 2009. She is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers and the National Writers Union (NWU). Curveball is the second in a series featuring sassy sports writer Cat McDaniel. When Jen isn’t writing, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling and watching baseball with her husband and cat.
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Mar 302012
 

Calico Joe

Calico Joe
Published by Doubleday
Release Date: April 10, 2012

You would think having a dad who is a Major League Baseball pitcher playing for the Mets would be a cool thing for a young man but for young Paul Tracy it is not so cool. His dad is never home and when he is both Paul and his mom wish he wasn’t.

It’s 1973 and this summer all eyes are are on a kid from Calico, Arkansas. He has been brought into the Chicago Cubs organization and is hitting one home run after another. He is shattering rookie records right and left. He is a switch hitter and a heck of a first baseman too. He has played baseball all his life and is thrilled to have made it to the big “show”.

Paul Tracy is even collecting all the press releases and newspaper articles about “Calico Joe” for a special scrapbook. He has made several for the great players like Tom Seaver and Willie Mays. He had started on one for his dad but his dad doesn’t get a lot of press.

Paul is so excited when the Cubs finally get to play the Mets. He is in the stands cheering on both his idol and for his dad. He doesn’t know everyone’s lives are about to be changed in just one split second. Yet when it happens he is really not surprised.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I am so glad John Grisham finally wrote this book. Baseball seems like a natural topic for a Grisham novel. He has hit it out of the park with this story. He takes us out of the courtroom onto the ball diamond with complete ease. Grisham’s love for the game shines! America’s favorite pastime blended with fathers and sons, family and forgiveness. When what happens on the field comes home, up close and personal.

Paul Tracy is real and his story can be heartbreaking and then uplifting. Joe Castle is a class act with strong values that he never sets aside for anything. Warren Tracy is the exact opposite. He is an abusive husband and father, a drunk and a mediocre player who thinks he is better than everyone.

How all their lives collide makes for a superb story. A story I see quickly becoming a classic. A story everyone will love whether you love baseball or not. A definite home run here Mr. Grisham!! It should break all records!!


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