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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

About the Book

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Independently Published (October 14, 2018)

Paperback: 281 pages

ISBN-10: 172877876X

ISBN-13: 978-1728778761


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?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

  List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball - #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack - #2 (November 2018) Flower Power Trip - #3 (Early 2019)

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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cozy mystery with a "feckless hero"! Narrator-protagonist Kellan Ayrwick works for a dictatorial producer in L.A., researching documentary material on the outre. Single father of a six-year-old daughter, widowed, Kellan's relationship with his parents and siblings in Pennsylvania is, to say the least, problematical. His father, president of prestigious Braxton College, is set for retirement, so Kellan returns for a weekend to attend his retirement dinner. Seems simple and easy, but it's not. He and his father are at loggerheads as usual, his mother has become scatterbrained, and Kellan discovers his father acting strangely. Then the individual who insists they meet after the retirement event--a woman who is to provide research material for the program for which Kellan works, but insists she is busy investigating wrongdoing at the college--is found dead in a classroom/office building on campus, the building where his father, the college president, has temporary offices during a renovation. It's all very suspicious, and the mystery deepens.

ACADEMIC CURVEBALL is author James Cudney's fourth novel and the first in his Braxton Campus Mysteries Series.


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  1. Thank you for your review on "Academic Curveball" by James J. Cudney and for being part of the book tour.

    I'm anxious to get to know this new to me author through the pages of this book. Sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would love the opportunity to read.
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  2. Hi,

    Thank you so much for participating on the tour and leaving a fantastic review. I appreciate it. I love seeing the word 'feckless' in a review. :) Have a wonderful weekend.