Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Curveball by Jen Estes

Today is a tour stop with review and giveaway of Curveball by Jen Estes. This was a fun cozy mystery, that is one of the reasons why I choose to review it. I love cozies and this book did not disappoint.

Title: Curveball (A Cat McDaniel Mystery)
Author: Jen Estes
Genre: Mystery
Publish Date: October 1, 2012

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About the Book:
Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposés. Now that very talent has 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. Aiken offers Cat the team writer position for the following spring, but the opportunity is tempered by a curveball of a caveat: she must first spend the winter as a blogger reporting on the Latin American training facility. She is also supposed to look out for Paige, nominally the team’s newest scouting assistant. Being a glorified babysitter and chaperone still beats being an out-of-work sportswriter. Cat reluctantly leaves behind her gorgeous boyfriend Benji and accompanies the party girl to sunny Santo Domingo to balance baselines and conga lines. Paige falls for Chance Hayward, an agent who plays hardball—the figurative kind. Joining them on the field is Paige's ex, Junior DeLeon, one of the coaches who’d really like to score with Cat. When an aspiring player turns up dead, it is up to Cat and Junior to devise a game-changing strategy. Will Cat’s snooping work in her favor this time, or will she strike out ... losing her job, her boyfriend and her life? Curveball follows Big Leagues as Book 2 of the Cat McDaniel Mysteries, also known as the Foul Ball series.

My Review:
I loved the location in the Dominican Republic. I enjoyed this tropical location especially since the weather has started turning colder here. I also loved the theme of baseball. I'm not a sports fan by any means, but do enjoy a cozy mystery with an enjoyable theme.

Cat McDaniel was a great main character. Great laughter as she hooks up with Paige Aiken, daughter of General Manager Roger Aiken, a baseball legend. While trying to prove herself, she gets to babysit the little one for Roger and keep her out of trouble. This duo, while I guess you can call them a duo, are quite hilarious at times. Not sure if they should like each other or not, their times together are quite a laugh.

The mystery was well crafted and took me a while to guess who did it. Sometimes the obvious is the obvious? All in all, this book is a great read. Whether you like cozies, mysteries, or books about sports, this book is definitely worth the read.

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.