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Big Leagues (A Cat McDaniel Mystery #1)

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Rookie sportswriter Catriona McDaniel is on deck in Sin City for the job of a lifetime with baseball's hottest team. The Las Vegas Chips have the best record in baseball, snagging two trophies in their first three years. Two men are vying for the position of "boyfriend of summer." Her new boss, Erich Konig, is a German wunderkind and the Desert's most eligible bachelor. Th ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Camel Press (first published November 17th 2011)
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Michael Murphy
Dec 13, 2011 Michael Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Idealistic Cat McDaniel has landed a dream job in the major leagues as a sports reporter with the hottest team in baseball, the Las Vegas Chips. Her handsome German boss has brought championships to Sin City in a short period of time and her charming neighbor is someone she could fall for.

Everything is perfect. Well, not everything. The team's physician is more secretive than he should be, the manager doesn't like her, a key member of team security is a troll of an ex-con is far more interested
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Michael Murphy
Dec 13, 2011 Michael Murphy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Idealistic Cat McDaniel has landed a dream job in the major leagues as a sports reporter with the hottest team in baseball, the Las Vegas Chips. Her handsome German boss has brought championships to Sin City in a short period of time and her charming neighbor is someone she could fall for.

Everything is perfect. Well, not everything. The team's physician is more secretive than he should be, the manager doesn't like her, a key member of team security is a troll of an ex-con is far more interested
...more
Peanut
Sep 08, 2012 Peanut rated it it was amazing
It captures your senses from page one: sportswriter Cat McDaniel reluctantly emerges from the sleepy warmth of her comforter to a phone call which informs her of a fellow reporter's death. Such begins the story of Big Leagues: A Cat McDaniel Mystery, a cautionary tale so relentless and fast-moving that readers could not help but be pulled along for the ride. Laced with wit and unrelenting humor, author Jen Estes presents a delicious story of deception and suspense in a setting baseball fans ever ...more
Jenn
Mar 12, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story, but the frequent switches from third person to first person were confusing. I read the Kindle version, so maybe those lines were italicized or something to show they were the character's thoughts in the paperback version. I'll continue reading the series though, because the mystery was well-written and the culprit wasn't obvious.
Snarky Mom
Apr 03, 2013 Snarky Mom rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport-romance
What better thing to do on Opening Day than to open up a baseball mystery book? Well, other than watching the game, of course!

This is a "cozy" sports mystery with a plucky heroine, hints of family trauma/drama, a cute neighbor/boyfriend, and sleazy "big business" practices that can't be ignored! Best of all - it gives you a perspective into some of the things that have tainted professional baseball - steroids, owner greed, etc... and makes you wish there were more folks like Cat out there to hel
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Dena Scroggins
Sep 18, 2012 Dena Scroggins rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading a new mystery novel over the last couple of days. Big Leagues was available as a FREE download on Amazon.co and is a fun novel by Jen Estes that is a perfect blend of mystery and baseball. This is the first book from the Cat McDaniel series and I thought it was great. Now, I'm looking forward to the second book which comes out October 1st. This book is very compelling and sort of reminds me of a Stephanie Plum type novel but with a sports theme. Cat is a very dynami ...more
Joel Adams
Sep 12, 2012 Joel Adams rated it it was amazing
That was the first "baseball" themed book I've ever read, but I really enjoyed it.

As a result I stumbled across this one, and thought I'd give it a try. I was really surprised that this author I'd previously never heard of was up to par with the great John Grisham.

I tend to follow author's because of their writing style, not the content. I can read anything as long as it's well written and Jen Estes has now become of those writers!
Jules
Dec 26, 2014 Jules rated it liked it
Since I've been trying to get into baseball this summer I thought this would be a fun read...which it was. I enjoyed the writing and felt that Estes was able to put together a good story. However, it seemed to take forever for the mystery to unfold. This book felt long as it covered the same ground many times over. I found the character of Cat endearing and would probably read the next book in this series.
Norma Huss
May 08, 2015 Norma Huss rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Make that 3 1/2 stars. Good plot, good action, interesting characters, and a lot about baseball. Main character, Catriona, nicknamed Cat, of course, comes off rather clueless (about everything except baseball) at the beginning. However, she has more smarts that it seemed at first. The baseball and the mystery should keep the reader involved, but the formatting of the e-book could have been better.
Bryan
Feb 10, 2014 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly good read! Found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it....the mark of a great book!
Skeeter Jorgensen
Apr 20, 2012 Skeeter Jorgensen rated it really liked it
This is a story about baseball, the inside workings, reporters and such. I liked it okay. A little mystery and some romance. I will read the next book if I have a chance. LSS-NoG
Emily
Jun 14, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Very good mystery; quite a page turner at the end, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the Las Vegas and baseball team background. A very enjoyable read.
Dave Frye
Jul 13, 2013 Dave Frye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
Baseball and Mystery -- What a great double play combo!
Beckie Rousseau Sloan
It was a quick read.
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Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between staring at corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn't have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club, and so a bookworm was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel with Camel Press. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen finally gave in to the literary demands of her inner teenager with ...more
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