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Concession Stand Crimes: The Ballpark Mysteries by Nicole Asselin #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Concession Stand Crimes: The Ballpark Mysteries
by Nicole Asselin

About Concession Stand Crimes 


Concession Stand Crimes: The Ballpark Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Abington, MA
Pandamoon Publishing (June 22, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950627519
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950627516
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VGHRQYP

HOT DOG, CRACKERJACK, BEER, and MURDER. PLAY BALL!

MADELINE BOUCHER is still reeling from her first few weeks of working for her family’s Independent League Baseball Team, the Abington Armadillos. She found a dead body and survived a kidnapping before finally clearing her brother of murder. She didn’t think anything could be as dramatic as that, but she was wrong.

Her parents have given her more responsibility in running ballpark events in the hopes that they could retire and leave the team in her hands. Her brother is moving on to the big leagues, so this is her time to shine. Her first task? Deal with a concession stand kerfuffle. Redmond Brewery heiress, Alaska Redmond, storms her way into the ballpark making demands.

The next day, the son of the concession manager finds Redmond’s body in one of the beer stands along the ballpark concourse. Again, Madeline finds herself immersed in an investigation. While the suspects start piling up, including a promising young player on the team, Madeline knows she must get involved. With the help of Davis, her new love interest and head of the security department, she delves deeper into the death of the heiress.

Trying to run team events, solve a murder, and have a normal life takes its toll as Madeline comes to depend on those in her baseball-loving community, including Bronia, her old family friend who runs a garden center and helps her make sense of things. She even chances a psychic for advice while at a Salem Warlock’s away game. Will anyone help her untangle the mess of suspects including the victim’s family?

Can she clear the name of the Abington Armadillos and start focusing on the season?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Madeline Boucher has been doing well running her family’s Independent League Baseball Team, the Abington Armadillos. Well except for that murder and being kidnapped. She is eager to put the past incidents behind her and get back to the business of baseball. Her first order of business is a meeting with Alaska Redmond from Redmond Brewing who has stomped her way into the ballpark office demanding to see someone in charge immediately without an appointment. When she didn’t receive the expected response she stomps back out promising to return.

The next day the concession manager’s son finds Alaska in one of the beer stands on the concourse. But she isn’t shouting any demands because someone has shut her up permanently.

Not again. It happened in her ballpark so that means Madeline needs to investigate. She hopes her new beau, Davis, head of security will lend a helping hand and get this case wrapped up asap because she has a ballpark and team to run. Just praying that there isn’t a kidnapping this time.


The Boucher family is a strong family unit and while Nicole is taking care of the day-to-day operations at the ballpark her parents are always there to help or give advice or just be there cheering on their team. Her brother, who took a job in the big leagues is only a phone call away if needed too. He does come home this time to introduce his new girlfriend to the family. I really enjoy this family dynamic.

The death of Alaska Redmond had a lot of twists and turns and several suspects. When I realized where the plot was heading I was so angry. Not for the way the story was written but by the situations happening on the pages. If a story moves your emotions the way this one did me you know it is good.

While at this time in my life baseball is watched on television and not at the ballpark but we did go to a minor league game a few years ago and that is the ballpark that forms in my head while reading the books in this series. The author’s descriptions feel so familiar.

The one downfall with this book is that it needs one more trip through by an editor. There is some repetition and wrong words used and some grammar issues to be cleaned up. The errors messed up the flow of the book, keeping it from being a perfect escape.

Concession Stand Crimes is a well-plotted mystery with great characters perfect for cozy mystery baseball fans like me.

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About Nicole Asselin

Nicole Asselin spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her to the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels. Now those two loves are combined into her new Ballpark Mystery series.

Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton Mass with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance in 2004. She also attended George Mason University and received a Master’s in Arts Management. She worked in the Government sector for over ten years before transitioning to Healthcare. Now working just outside of Boston as a Technical Writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline (no relation to the main character of her book).

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Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries by Nicole Asselin – #Review /#Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @nanazlyn

Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries
by Nicole Asselin

About Murder at First Pitch


Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Pandamoon Publishing (September 4, 2019)
Paperback: 188 pages
ISBN-10: 1950627217
ISBN-13: 978-1950627219
Digital ASIN: B07TDGL668

32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.

After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.

A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect. Through the local Detectives and Davis – the head of security for the ballpark she learns the victim is Christopher Dailey, a local baseball scout and prior felon.

When her brother is arrested and taken to the police station, she realizes she needs to figure out who the real culprit is, so her brother doesn’t take the fall for something she knows he didn’t do.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

I have watched a lot of baseball over the years so I was very excited to read Murder at First Pitch. I was not disappointed at all!

Maddie Boucher’s family owns the Abington Armadillos, an Independent League Baseball Team where pro players not ready to give up the game play with up and coming players with hopes to someday make the Big Leagues. Maddie’s corporate job has been phased out and she has now decided to take a more active role in the family business with her brother Ben and her parents.

Maddie usually takes a morning stroll around the ballpark, taking in everything from the maintenance crew getting the field ready and the scouts, coaches, and players meeting, and the team practices. A few days before the big grand opening game of the season Maddie notices something in one of the dugouts. A closer look shows her it is a body, a man who appears to have been badly beaten with a baseball bat. A man she saw her brother arguing with at a park party earlier in the week. She later learns that the man was a local scout with a felony record and yes, the police have her brother Ben on the top of their suspect list. She is quick to decide she needs to set the record straight and prove her brother’s innocence. Just when she thinks she has struck out a wild pitch brings a new suspect up to the plate. Maddie just needs to bat a little cleanup before she passes her info on to the cops.

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I really liked the family dynamic in this book. They are close-knit with a huge responsibility but everyone can see how much they love baseball, the park, and each other. Family businesses can be stressful but the Boucher family wants their patrons to have fun and they have fun making sure they do. The ballpark is their home away from home and even after a murder they stick together and try to keep things as normal as possible.

Madeline Boucher is a strong protagonist. She followed the clues quite logically and wasn’t afraid to get in people’s faces or hide and eavesdrop to get answers. I enjoyed how she tried to keep the head of security appraised of her findings, there is a definite romantic spark there. The author pitched in some twists and red herrings making the mystery tough to solve. I was totally captivated following Maddie and was surprised when the murderer was revealed.

Ms. Asselin has packed a lot into 188 pages. The book has a nice flow and is full of words that bring the Abington Armadillos complex and surrounding area clearly into focus. She has introduced characters I already care about and want to know better. She has hit this series debut out of the park. Cozy baseball fans will love Murder at First Pitch.

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About Nicole Asselin 

Nicole Asselin grew up a Navy Brat, and spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her into the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels.

Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton Mass with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance in 2004.  She also attended George Mason University and received a Master’s in Arts Management…  Now working just outside of Boston as a Technical Writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline (no relation to the main character of her book).

Nicole is a current member of Sisters in Crime (National and New England) and the Mystery Writers of America.  She sits on the Board of Directors for the NE branches of both groups as Social Media Liaison.

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