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Curveball (A Cat McDaniel Mystery #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposés. Now that very talent has left her unemployed. Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken--Baseball legend, eight-time All Star ... and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Aiken off ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Camel Press
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Kathleen Kelly
Nov 07, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Curveball by Jen Estes is the second book in the Cat McDaniels Mysteries and is one of those quick reads that grabs you right away. I know beans about baseball but that is what this book is about. Main character Cat McDaniel, unemployed baseball reporter, takes on the task of being a "babysitter" for Paige Aiken, daughter of Roger “Rakin’” Aiken--Baseball legend, eight-time All Star. Paige is going to do an internship to a baseball camp in Santo Domingo that she is not qualified to do. Cat takes ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Cat McDaniel is a baseball journalist and she specializes in exposing the truth. These exposes are not always well received. The last one left her unemployed.

Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken--Baseball legend, eight-time All Star ... and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Cat gets a job offer but with a curveball. She can be the team reporter in th
Oct 30, 2012 Dalene rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, cozy-mystery
Originally posted at A Date with a Book

I loved the location in the Dominican Republic. I enjoyed this tropical location especially since the weather has started turning colder here. I also loved the theme of baseball. I'm not a sports fan by any means, but do enjoy a cozy mystery with an enjoyable theme.

Cat McDaniel was a great main character. Great laughter as she hooks up with Paige Aiken, daughter of General Manager Roger Aiken, a baseball legend. While trying to prove herself, she gets to ba
Nov 14, 2012 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
If you love cozy, international mysteries then this book is definitely for you. I love any type of mystery so this book was right up my alley. It is the 2nd book in the Cat McDaniels series but it is not dependent on book 1 at all; at least from what I could tell. I was never confused about any situations, details, or characters. The above synopsis is a perfect telling of this book.

"Curveball" finds Cat unemployed after exposing the owner of the Las Vegas Chips for doping his players. Eager to r
Nov 04, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Unemployed baseball reporter Cat McDaniel lands a job as the team writer for the Buffalo Soldiers, but the job comes with strings: she has to travel to Santo Domingo to cover the team's Latin American winter training facility; and play glorified babysitter for General Manager Roger "Rakin" Aiken's spoiled brat daughter, Paige. Where Cat goes trouble soon follows ... while chaperoning Paige's growing attraction for agent Chance Hayward, they find the dead body of an aspiring baseball player prosp ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The book opens with a determined Cat going for an interview with Roger Aiken, the Buffalo Soldier's manager. In the middle of the interview the manager gets a call that his troublemaker daughter is in trouble at her college...again. With a press conference coming up in hours he sends Cat to deal with her.

Cat gets the bratty Paige in the car and back to her father. Seeing how firm Cat was with Paige, Roger gives Cat a chance to work with the Soldiers...but there is a catch. She has to fly to Sant
Teena in Toronto
Oct 16, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it
I like mysteries and I like baseball (go, Blue Jays, go!). I've never heard of this author but the book sounded fun ... and it was.

All Cat wants is a job with the Buffalo Soldiers and she's willing to nanny the owner's daughter, Paige, if that's what it takes. It's only for three weeks ... how hard can it be? But Paige is a spoiled brat with no filters and you can feel Cat's frustration with her. When Paige hooks up with Chance, Cat thinks there is something funky about him and is determined to
Cat didn’t realize when she applied for the job at B.S.G that she would be hired to babysit the bosses party hard, trouble maker daughter in Santo Domingo – and only if that goes well will she be given the job she really wants! Can she keep Paige from doing something crazy and get them both in hot water?

Paige does manage to find trouble – with Chance Hayward, a local baseball agent in Santo Domingo. Cat doesn’t trust this agent and tries to dig up more info on him to keep her spoiled rich girl c
Dec 07, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
This is the second in the series, but as is with most of these types of mystery series you will not have to read the first to get what is going on. Sure you miss the initial contact, that first time the bat hits the ball, but the commentator from the press box who is doing his job well will make sure you are up to speed with this seasons progress of the players as they start rolling in. Jen Estes is pretty masterful in this, I had no clue this was a second in the series, I thought perhaps there ...more
Athena Nagel
Nov 15, 2012 Athena Nagel rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Cat McDaniel is a strong character - no one should mess with her. She is caught in the center of a mystery and proves to be quite a sleuth. The backdrop of baseball is different than other types of mystery books. Being a lover of baseball, I really "got into" this story. The characters are all quite interesting. Paige seems quite shallow and that causes some issues with her relationship with Cat - who doesn't care for the choices Paige makes. Cat will do anything for her baseball guys and doesn' ...more
Snarky Mom
Apr 05, 2013 Snarky Mom rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport-romance
Catriona McDaniel is back to expose the underbelly of baseball again - this time, the sometimes shady recruitment practices for non-US potential players. As someone who lives in a town that its main source of "entertainment" is a minor league baseball team, primarily filled with foreign talent, I found this book to be very eye-opening. I'm not sure if that is a good thing, or not, since as a fan I don't have much sway over the ethics of recruitment.

Good thing about the book? It's a second instal
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Three words to describe Cat McDaniel: Sassy, smart, and sleuth. She's a sports writer who travels to various locations to get the scoop. What does she find along with it? Trouble. Don't the mystery genre heroines always seem to find trouble? Yep, they sure do. But without that trouble, it would make for a rather dull story.

Cat is on the verge of a new job. The problem with getting this job? How about a bratty, spoiled rich girl to tot
Nov 10, 2012 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Baseball reporter Cat McDaniels is desperately trying to get her career back on track after exposing her previous employers, the Las Vegas Chips, in a huge sports scandal. Now, nobody will hire her for their team, but when a position becomes available with the Buffalo Soldiers she tries to get back on the field. Although it means traveling across the country and away from her boyfriend, Cat doesn’t have any other choice.

The Soldiers’ General Manager, baseball legend Roger Aiken is willing to giv
Reading this book provided just what I need a warm climate and some baseball. Granted I am a Cardinals Fan (ok don’t shoot me) but still it was a nice chance to see inside about baseball. If you read the author’s bio, you will realize that she once worked in the industry. If you are a fan of baseball and looking for a warm place to wander in your mind, then read this book.

Yes, you will have a love-hate relationship with Paige. Fall in love with Cat and cheer when everything goes right. I did not
Paula Ratcliffe
This was a great new mystery series involving Cat McDaniel who is trying to land a job with Buffalo Soldiers. Instead she ends up babysitting the Paige Aiken the daughter of General Manager Roger "Rakin'" Aiken. The two girls end up finding a body down in Santo Damingo quickly into the story, and Cat decides to investigate what is going on involving baseball players. Paige on the other hand is smitten or so it seems with Chance Hayward an agent who hooks up kids with trainers. What you slowly no ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this book. I bought it on a whim because of the movie Hardball, which was a great movie.

When I first started reading this, I planned on setting it down after the first couple of chapters. But before I knew it, a couple hours passed and I was reading well into the night.

The story kept moving and didn’t have hundreds of pages of useless fluff that many other books seem so fond of. I understand what the author was doing and she pulled it off very well.

Great book and I wil
Dec 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Decent writing, but less than captivating storyline. Disappointing follow up to her first book.
Nov 12, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Good book, good mystery, and yeah, enjoyed reading it!
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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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