#Book review – Academic Curveball by James Cudney

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What Amazon says

Who killed professor Abby Monroe?

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, 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.

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. But who is behind the murder?

Praise from readers:

★★★★★ – “Fantastic writing and witty dialogue… Awesome.”

★★★★★ – “An exciting cozy mystery.”

★★★★★ – “Full of twists and turns, and an ending you won’t see coming.”

My review

Kellan Ayrwick’s quick trip home to attend his father’s retirement ceremony from the college he has headed up for over twenty years evolves into a longer stay when his father’s personal assistant discovers a dead body at the foot of a set of stairs towards the end of the ceremony. The death took place under strange circumstances and is soon determined to be a murder and not an accident. The fact that the victim is a woman who Kellan had planned to meet up with that evening to gain information for a crime reality show he is working on with his obnoxious boss.

On top of the murder, Kellan is aware of a mysterious blogger who is posting articles which suggest his father is a poor leader and is responsible for misallocating funds donated to the college to the sports department instead of a fair allocation to all college departments.

Kellan’s boss thinks there may be an even better angle for the show due to the murder and tells Kellan to stay at the college and do some investigating. Kellan is happy to do that and soon rekindles some of his old relationships with college friends who are now working for the college, one as the head of security. He also attempts of ingratiate himself with the police officers charged with investigating the murder.

This book is fast paced and full of twists and turns that leave the reader with no real clue as to the identity of the murderer until right at the end. It reminded me of the style of writing used by Agatha Christie and, as I am a great Christie fan, that is high praise.

The book also sets the stage for the future books by drip feeding the reader bits of information about Kellan’s past and the death of his wife as well as her family’s mafia connections.

I enjoyed the character of Kellan and the insights into his past and personality through his handling of issues with family, friends and relationships. It gave him a very “real” feel which I liked. His father was a typical arrogant academic with the fairly narrow view on life that a career in academia tends to give people. It was interesting to read how his father dealt with the unusual and new stresses and strains introduced to his life.

All in all, I thought this was a well written and entertaining read.

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25 thoughts on “#Book review – Academic Curveball by James Cudney

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Another terrific review by Robbie Cheadle and this time the book is Academic Curveball by James J Cudney..
    Who killed professor Abby Monroe?

    When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, 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.

    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. But who is behind the murder?

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