Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney
About the Book
2nd in Series
Independently Published (November 25, 2018)
Paperback: 270 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KGGJX1T
When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.
When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.
But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?
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
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Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Likable Kellan Ayrwick, widowed single father of a lovely young daughter, once again plays Feckless Hero and demonstrates his proclivity for wrong place, wrong time, allowing author James J. Cudney to showcase his talent at deft and delightful characterization. Since his first excursion in ACADEMIC CURVEBALL, Kellan has forsaken the mean streets and wild lifestyle of L.A. for his home community of Wharton County, Pennsylvania. Now on a one-year teaching contract at his alma mater, Braxton College, Kellan fills his days with teaching, avoiding an Evil Boss, and raising daughter Emma, while simultaneously grappling with the revelations about the death of his late wife Francesca, scion of a Mob family. One member of his adorable feisty grandmother's Septuagenarian Club passes away during a King Lear rehearsal, and who but Kellan would be at her side? She had revealed inadvertently that she had stopped trusting her family members, and her health had precipitously declined. Now she is gone, and nobody but her septuagenarian friends seem to care--except for our Hero, of course. Now if he can just figure out to hunt for clues, relieve the pressure Nana D is placing on him, and avoid the County Sheriff, maybe he can get to the truth of the situation. Maybe.
Mr. Cudney's cozies are immediately enjoyable and entertaining. I hope Kellan Ayrwick, daughter Emma, Nana D and friends enjoy a remarkably long shelf life. It's always a pleasure to encounter them.
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