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Curveball by Jen Estes
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Aug 01, 2012

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 rejoin the workforce, Cat jumps on the offer for interview she receives from Roger Aiken, owner of the Buffalo Soldiers, in Buffalo, New York. A pre-condition to her employment, however, is to follow his spoiled daughter, Paige, on her internship in Santo Domingo.

While in Santo Domingo, Paige falls for Chance, a highly successful recruiting agent. While walking along the beach with Cat and Paige, the three of them discover the body of a young man. This is the same man that Cat and Paige encounter in the airport when they land in Santo Domingo. When Chance begins acting strangely and a woman verbally attacks him at the crime scene, Cat wonder if he is everything he seems? She begins digging further in to the background of one, Chance Hayward, to make sure that Paige isn't getting into something that could cause her, and her father, great harm. As the mystery in the book unravels, Cat finds layers of deceit that takes her by surprise. Take a wild ride in the sport of baseball--even if you're not a fan--you won't be disappointed.

Cat is a very strong heroine. She is a reporter down to the bone and is nosy as all get out. But she gets the job done. She pulls clues together until she thinks she knows what's going on. Paige is the traditional spoiled rich kid. She does what she wants, knowing that in the end, her father's money will bail her out. She gets herself into some pretty serious situations in this novel. Chance is....well....slimy. He talks a good game but can he back it up? All of these characters, including secondary characters, are written very well.

The author does an excellent job keeping you on your toes during the twists and turns that snake between the pages.

(Book provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review)

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