Academic Curveball, James J. Cudney

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Title: Academic Curveball

Author: James J. Cudney (a fellow blogger!  See his blog here.)

Pages:  311

Genre:  cozy mystery

Is this part of a series:  Yes.  This is book #1 of the Braxton Campus Mysteries.

Published: October 15th, 2018


Coming home for his father’s retirement party from Braxton University,  Kellen isn’t planning to stay long.  A few days with the family, an interview with a woman his boss Derrek wants him to talk to for the reality TV show they work on, and back home to his job and daughter.  

           Finding a dead body in the stairwell the night of the party puts an end to that.  Unfortunately Kellen and his family have a connection to the victim.  Soon after this, the college’s athletics department is granted a large donation, there’s a blogger dragging his father’s name through the mud and someone seems to have tampered with a young athlete’s grades.  Kellen has to try to keep his family out from under suspicion, find out what’s going on on campus, and keep his sassy grandmother out of trouble (you can only talk your grandma’s way out of jail once, after all…).  Welcome to Braxton Campus.

My thoughts:

I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries.  There are always good characters, great dialogue and an intriguing story… but also enough warmth and humor to keep from ever getting too dark.  Academic Curveball gave me exactly that.  Jay (James J Cudney) has created a small, insulated town with a deep love of the campus that keeps it going.  The characters are quirky and interesting, and I loved the play between Nana D and Kellen.   The premise is completely over the top, but written in such a way that you find yourself nodding along and turning page after page to see what happens next.  I feel like this one left us in a good spot and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment (I think I saw that it was available in December of this year).  For me, this is a four star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, there’s some language and adult conversations, let’s call them…. but nothing major.  I would give this one to an older teen no problem.  I give it a three.  General.svg

The book is out!  Have you read it?  What are your thoughts?

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