When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.
Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.
Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.
In the debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Series, you’ll discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic and nosy residents.
A light-hearted murder mystery set in an academic setting with strong family vibes. I enjoyed this cozy story. It is for you if you like a well written story with lots of engaging dialogue. It is perhaps a bit different from what I would normally read but it is good to try new genres from time to time. I particularly enjoyed the main character’s Kellan Ayrwick’s feisty Nana who is such a fun character! Kellan is a widower with a young daughter, he works on a true crime television series called “Dark Reality.” His father’s retirement party at Braxton Campus brings more than he expects when Abby Monroe is found dead and it soon becomes clear that her death is not of natural causes.
Recommended reading for murder mystery fans who enjoy humour as a side dish to the murder mystery.
My rating 4 stars.
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This is such a good series! Wonderful review, Marje 🙂
I enjoyed Academic Curveball very much. I’m sure I will be reading more from James J Cudney. Thank you Jacquie. 🙂
It sounds like a fun mystery.:-)
A fabulous review, Marje! It reads like a fun book. Congrats to James! 😀
Thank you everyone! So appreciative.
Loved the review. Sharing it everywhere today. Sorry for the delay. Work keeps me so busy during the week, I have to catch up on the weekend. 🙂
I also enjoyed this great book, Marje.
I enjoyed the series and I am sure James will be delighted with your review Marje…xx