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Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
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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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