Murder At First Pitch
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. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoyed the family love and support that Madeline and her family had for each other. Working at a family business can cause strain on a family, but that was not the case for the Boucher’s.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I loved the fact that the setting was a baseball field. I enjoyed getting to learn a little more about my favorite sport, and some of the things it takes to be a team owner. I thought this was a unique concept and brought more enjoyment to me. You can tell that the author has a special place in her heart for baseball, it shone through.
The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and there were a few red herrings thrown in, just for fun.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like baseball, (I sure do), this is a must read book. I hope this is the beginning of a series.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.