We are so excited to be bringing you the Blog Tour of MURDER AT THE FIRST PITCH by Nicole Asselin – an all new standalone sports mystery. Be sure to check out my review + an awesome international giveaway and get your copy today!
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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.
After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.
A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect. Through the local Detectives and Davis – the head of security for the ballpark she learns the victim is Christopher Dailey, a local baseball scout and prior felon.
When her brother is arrested and taken to the police station, she realizes she needs to figure out who the real culprit is, so her brother doesn’t take the fall for something she knows he didn’t do.
Before I start with the review, I have to say, I am about as removed from baseball as is America removed from Cricket. So rather than focusing on the game itself (because I just know I am going to goof up!) I am gonna focus on the story itself
Madeline’s legacy of a local Independent Baseball is something that she has tried hard to removed herself from; not because she has no love for the game, but because she wants success for herself. But when she looses her her job in Boston, she is still glad that she has a family job to fall back to.
But when she is back, she finds not only her family’s team but also her brother in the midst of a heated argument with a man she has never seen before, but does find dead the next morning.
With a mystery at hand and a sort of a love triangle – Madeline finds herself in the middle of a mystery that soon becomes the focus of her life.
I enjoyed this sports mystery; though the sports euphemisms did fly over my head – but it was an enjoyable read – however the mystery was predictable at best, I did enjoy Madeline as an MC – she is strong, scrappy and intelligent, she rarely takes any chances that would be deemed as stupid, so she had my admiration.
The plot itself could have used a little emotional affect; at times it felt a little too mechanical – but it was a sports mystery that I did enjoy!
Up for grabs during this blog tour are three digital copies! This giveaway is open to US + INTL and will close on September 9th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter to win via rafflecopter!
Nicole Asselin grew up a Navy Brat, and spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her into the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels. Now those two loves are combined into her new Ballpark Mystery series.
Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton Mass with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance in 2004. She also attended George Mason University and received a Master’s in Arts Management. She worked in the Government sector for over ten years before transitioning to Healthcare. Now working in just outside of Boston as a Technical Writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline (no relation to the main character of her book).
Nicole is a current member of Sisters in Crime (National and New England) and the Mystery Writers of America. She sits on the Board of Directors for the NE branches of both groups as Social Media Liaison. MURDER AT FIRST PITCH is her debut cozy mystery from Pandamoon Publishing. Book two of the Ballpark Mystery series is scheduled for late in 2020.