I read and enjoyed the first book in the Front Page Mystery series by Elizabeth McKenna, so I looked forward to reading this next in series. Needless to say, I was happy to accept and read an advance review copy of Murder up to Bat.
About the Book
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 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.
The game is tied with bases loaded, and murder is up to bat. Can Emma and her friends bring the heat and win the game?
In this well-written mystery, reporter-turned-amateur-sleuth Emma Moore is trying her best to figure out who killed the kids’ softball coach and why. The characters in general, and Emma in particular, are likeable and relatable. Suspects abound, from romantic entanglements to overly involved parents of the team players who are uncompromising in their determination that their children be selected for sports scholarships. The suspect pool is slow to drain, leaving the identity of the killer a mystery until almost the end.
I enjoyed this nicely paced mystery, with its unique backdrop and subject matter, which is likely to please fans of cozy mysteries.
FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy from the author. This has not affected the content of my review.
For my review of The Great Jewel Robbery, the first book in the series, click here.
About the Author
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.
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