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Mistaken Identity Crisis

(Braxton Campus Mysteries #4)

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  41 reviews

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.

Paperback, Regular Print, 261 pages
Published June 5th 2019 by Next Chapter
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May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since this is my own book, I'm not going to write a review. I'm using this space to let you know when there are discounts or marketing promotions, as well as share some thoughts on how the book came to be.

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
Candace Robinson
This series is pretty dang addicting! And let me tell you from the beginning, my queen—Nana D—is back again. I said this last time, but she needs her own book! Seriously! And she's mayor!

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
Kathi Defranc
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Families In Conflict In Braxton

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!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am sure that I have not read a more complex cozy mystery with regard to characters than Mistaken Identity Crisis. Author James J. Cudney had my head spinning with all of the intricate relationships in his story. Fortunately, he includes a categorized list of characters with brief descriptions for support if you get confused. To my surprise, I only referred to it a few times as the characters appear multiple times and Cudney puts them in context with references to their relationships and backgr ...more
Patrick Hodges
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an aspiring mystery writer, I'm struck by how James Cudney weaves together multiple storylines involving dozens of characters and yet still have it all make perfect sense and never lose momentum. Four books into the Braxton Campus Mysteries, and all I want is more.

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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Braxton Campus Mysteries continue to entertain me with great characters, a wonderful setting and a mystery that is well-developed and plotted. I have read all the books in this series and even though they can be read as standalone stories, you will want to start at the beginning, as the main characters have developed as well as their relationships. There is also one mysterious storyline that runs throughout all the books.

There are a lot of things happening in this story and it takes until th
Bernard Jan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It is not an action book, but it’s packed with so much adrenaline that you rush through it like on a speed wagon. In Mistaken Identity Crisis James J. Cudney throws his main character Kellan into a series of challenging situations ranging from a string of jewelry thefts to a discovered electrified body smelling of murder for which his brother Gabriel is a suspect, the kidnapping of his wife Francesca and the mafia war between Castiglianos and Las Vargas families, his nana taking mayor’s office, ...more
Nina Silva
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing I love about this book and the entire series is the relationships. There are several key connections to focus on but all are done really well. The beauty of these relationships is they help the readers connect with the series more and make us want to find out what happens next in the lives of these well-fleshed out characters. There are a couple partnerships I adore.

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
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

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
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the Braxton Campus mystery series by James J. Cudney. A cozy mystery series with interesting characters, family drama, and a charming university setting. Delightful and entertaining.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, long long ago, there lived a man who could spin straw into gold. You might have heard about him. He was Rumpleslitskin… Do you remember? Being from the 21st century, and liking my cement home, I didn’t get the opportunity to travel to the mountain and forest to meet Rumpleslitskin.

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
Stanley McShane
A new author and series for me and one with a campus setting in Braxton, a small village in north-central Pennsylvania. The protagonist is Kellan Ayrwick, an assistant professor with his PhD in communications and film. He's done his thing in Hollywood and is back home where he grew up.

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
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another victory for Jay Cudney, the author of the Braxton Campus Mystery Series! Again, as he has succeeded in the past, he weaves a tale of intrigue, mystery and who-done-its with the cleverness of an excellent storyteller.

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
Rekha Rao
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic addition to the Braxton Campus mystery series. Kellan is torn between saving his estranged wife and solving a murder case that might implicate his brother Gabriel.
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-5-star
Kellan Ayrwick is up to his elbows in mysteries. The one personal mystery is the kidnapping of his not-so-dead wife, Francesca, by a rival mafia family, Las Vargas. Kellan is to be the middle man between the Castiglianos and the Las Vargas families during the negotiations for Francesca's release. If the demands are not met, then Francesca, Emma and Kellan's lives are in jeopardy.

The second mystery is the current jewelry heists. There are similarities between the recent robberies and a cold case
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is #4 in Cudney's Braxton Campus Mysteries and it's the best so far! Part of it for me may be that I feel like I know the characters as I started with book 1 (although they can all be read as stand-alones as well). Protagonist Kellen is in rare form once again as he attempts to solve another murder and a jewelry heist dating back years ago. We learn more about his "dead" wife and see his sweet relationship with his daughter and his comically caustic barbs with Nana D (seriously my fav ...more
Myra Dutkiewicz
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect lockdown read.

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.
Didi Oviatt
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I signed up to join in a cover reveal blog post for James J. Cudney’s 6th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. It’ll be released soon enough, and in jumping on board I almost cried to think that I’ve let myself get so far behind! I love everything that I’ve read by this author so far, and there is really no excuse to my slacking off. So, a mere two days ago, I picked up book four, exactly where I left off on the Wharton County happenings, and this morning I breezed right through to the f ...more
S.J. Higbee
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s been longer than I originally intended, before I became reacquainted with engaging Kellen and his eventful life. It was a delight to jump back into this busy world and get back in touch with not just our rather frayed hero, but many of the other characters that also feature in this charming series. Like many other readers, my personal favourite is Kellan’s feisty grandmother, Nana D, whose peppery comments hide a fierce love for her grandson and his daughter. Now she is local mayor, she is ...more
Sally Cronin
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Braxton Campus Mystery

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
Brigid Gallagher
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In "Mistaken Identity Crisis" super sleuth Kellan Ayrwick investigates a fourth murder, that has links to an eight year old cold case. He aspires to finding the killer, and aims to protect his brother Gabriel and his daughter Emma, while his estranged wife Francesca remains in the hands of the mafia.
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
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love returning to Wharton County to see what chaos the residents have gotten into next. This installment involves a prior hidden conspiracy that surfaces upon discovery of a new crime and murder. Plus the scary war between his wife's family and a mafia vendetta heats up leaving Kellen Arywick running ragged from his work, home, and police investigation responsibilities.

Each book reveals more of the characters' backgrounds and personalities, making it a treat to keep turning the pages until th
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Both character evolution and character delineation well populate the Braxton Campus Mystery Series by James J. Cudney. In this installment, the atmosphere gains a strong twinge of Noir as feckless but well -intentioned and likable protagonist Kellan Ayrwick and his adored daughter Emma are caught between a rock and a hard place, two vicious Mafia clans, one of whom are Kellan's in-laws. We know those guys don't play around, and never suffer fools gladly. So Kellan will need to be extra strong an ...more
E. Denise Billups
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mistaken Identity Crisis, the 4th book in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, brims with mystery, murder, intrigue, wayward characters, and a burgeoning romance. The Ayrwick family's strong bonds with Braxton University's collegiate halls have broadened with the family matriarch, Nana D's new role as Wharton County's Mayor.

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
Amber Garabrandt
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
            Mistaken Identity Crisis begins with a thief recreating unsolved thefts from eight years ago.  Each time it's the same family as was hit last time, with the same calling card.  Is this the same thief or a copy cat?   While Kellen tries to help April, the town sheriff, figure this out without stepping on any toes he also has to work closely with her to end his in-law's feud with the Vargas family before someone gets hurt.  On top of everything, a dead body is found on campus and Kelle ...more
Brian Porter
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Death stalks the campus. Tense and edgy Mystery

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
Peter Adams
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Masterful Whodunit

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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! Especially cozy mystery readers.
I think this is the best one in the Braxton Campus series so far! I love this series anyway, but I really think this is the best one so far. This one had just a little more suspense and thrill aspects to it than the first three.

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
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally a male protagonist in a cozy mystery, Kellan is a great detective and a wonderful father for Emma, ​​a sweet 7-year-old girl.
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
Eileen Thornton
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had already read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three Braxton Mysteries by James J Cudney. Therefore I wasn't going to let this one pass me by.
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
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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I've traveled all across the US and various parts of the world. After college, I accepted roles working in technology, program management, and business operations in the retail, sports, entertainment, and media industries. Although I enjoy my career, I began to focus on other passions in 201 ...more

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