Mistaken Identity Crisis
A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff, given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case, back when Gabriel vanished one stormy night.
When a missing ruby, and a body, are discovered at the campus, Kellan must investigate the killer's motive to protect his brother....more
Mistaken Identity Crisis is my sixth novel, also the fourth in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The series follows typical cozies in that it doesn't contain graphic violence, sexual content, or vulgar language; however, I've turned the genre upside down by focusing on a young male protagoni ...more
Kellan's world spirals once again, and I loved being inside his head. What I really want for him one day is a nice vacation, because this boy deserves it! Throughout this series, he's had amazing character growth and you feel for him because he always has decisions he needs to make!
The writing was on point, the ...more
Book number 4 in a fun series with some amazing characters and relationships that keep you coming back to read more! An interesting mystery to solve, people you try to understand, scenes you feel yourself in, violence and happiness- a story that feels like real life and the characters your neighbors!
Thoroughly enjoyable read and I look ahead for the next step for this indomitable family!
Erstwhile sleuth Kellen Ayrwick is called upon to solve yet another murder - but this time he might be in over his head. The drama with his missing/kidnapped/once presumed dead wife Francesca hits full boil, with poor Kellen right i ...more
There are a lot of things happening in this story and it takes until th ...more
Kellan and April: Well… I’m not sure I saw that coming, and are we really sure that’s where it’s going? They’re so wonde ...more
What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton? I have been dying to find out!!
Also, Kellan finds a body in the college cable car and the death may be related to a rash of jewel thefts now and an old case from 8 years ago. Crazy, the thefts stopped at the same time his brother Gabriel left town and started up soon after his return.
A twisted, tangled, complex, snarled, intricate, complicated, story is what you find within the covers of this bo ...more
But I searched far and wide, low and above, and lo and behold, I found one such man who could spin tales so beautifully that they are worth their weight in gold. His plot lines are seamless as if spun ...more
Kellan married Francesca and they have a young daughter, Emma, but his wife has been among the missing and he'd understood he was a widower, until now. Here's where the plot gets complex and multi-layered. His wif ...more
We continue with the main characters who grow in our hearts as well as new characters who fit that bill of 'we are all 6 degrees in separation' somehow. We know each character and we cheer for them, we are sad with them and we continue to feel as if they are part of our own c ...more
It goes without saying James is one of the best authors out there. I love his storytelling and character portrayals.
A male protagonist, (dead) estranged wife kidnapped and held for 'ransom', a 8-year old burglary case and a murder, Mistaken Identity Crisis is a new favorite in the series.
We are also given a sneak peek into ...more
The second mystery is the current jewelry heists. There are similarities between the recent robberies and a cold case ...more
Another perfect read for the lockdown period.
Kellan finds another murder victim. His plate is quite full as he must juggle between investigating the murder, dealing with two enemy mob families to save his 'dead' wife, teaching class and raising a young daughter. ...more
This is the fourth of the Braxton Campus mysteries by James J. Cudney that I have enjoyed, and it very much feels like a much anticipated family reunion.
The author has cleverly added new characters and story lines in each successive book so as not to overwhelm the reader, and this fourth mystery has plenty of new interesting players and plots to keep us coming back for more. And should you be concerned that you might not be able to keep up with the new charact ...more
The author skillfully introduces a new cast of characters, all included in a Who's Who at the beginning of the book. He has a wonderful talent for character building, a unique sense of humour and an ...more
Each book reveals more of the characters' backgrounds and personalities, making it a treat to keep turning the pages until th ...more
The main character, Kellan, begins a new semester with four women (Raquel, Imogene, Siobhan, and Krissy) who have related histories and a possible motive to kill. As the story ...more
Having read this author's previous Braxton mysteries, I preordered this one and looked forward to reading it. I wasn't disappointed as this latest story featuring amateur sleuth, Kellan Ayrwick delivered on all counts. Mr. Cudney has developed his central characters gradually through the series and in addition to the baffling death of a man working on the college's cable car repair, we at last find out what happened to Kellan's missing wife.
With tw ...more
This is book 4 of the Braxton Campus Mysteries and I have already bought book 5. This is a tremendous whodunit series set on a College Campus not far from Philadelphia, USA. I read book 3 first (don’t ask) and then had to read them all.
It is so good to find a series to follow where story line threads develop through the books so you become invested in the characters and their stories, their traits and the ‘crimes’ that go along with the enjoyable narrative.
Combine this with a ...more
The addition of the mafia as a bigger piece of the story line helped to heighten the suspense in this one. There were also plenty of plot twists to keep me guessing all the way through. I did not see the biggest plot twist coming and that caught me totally off-guard (som ...more
Kellan woks as an assistant professor specializing in communications and film studies in Braxton a small town in north-central Pennsylvania. He thought he was a widower but in reality his wife Francesca had died out of pretense, now she has been kidnapped by the rival family and he has to find her and try to end this war. In the meantime, he has to find out who the ...more
Kellan Ayrwick, a lecturer at the college, takes the front seat as an amateur sleuth once again when he stumbles across the body of the man who had been fixing the college cable car. Was it an accident or had he been murdered? But that isn't the only thing that Kellan needs to work on. As the plot unfolds, he learns that his brother, Gabriel might hav ...more