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Author James J. Cudney’s mystery novel, Academic Curveball Book 1, of the Braxton Campus Mysteries, is the most incredibly intriguing mystery I have ever read, and it captivated me from the very first page. Yet, it is much more than a mystery. It is a community of perfectly drawn characters that you will soon think of as a part of your own family, your neighbors, and the people you may work with too. I feel as though I know them so well that I would like to invite them to dinner. I was swept up into their personal and professional lives as they all tried to help solve two murders at the Braxton Campus.

The narrator of this taut, crisp, pithy, funny, mystery, Kellan Ayrwick, captures your attention and never lets go, and now, I will let Kellan tell you his story when you meet him on his way to Braxton, Pennsylvania, settled between Wharton Mountains and the Saddlebrook National Park Forest.  This is more that a 5 star mystery – oh…it is an 11 star mystery.


18 thoughts on “A Review of James J. Cudney’s Mystery Novel, Academic Curveball, Book 1

  1. A fabulous review of Jay’s book, Karen. I also enjoyed this one.

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    1. Roberta, thank you so much. I just loved this book. The relationships were beautifully done and complex. Karen 🙂

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      1. Yes, Jay is very talented at describing people and emotions.

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  2. Hi,

    What an amazing review! I was shocked… I hadn’t caught up on blogs yet this week, but I saw Robbie’s re-post on Facebook. I’m so appreciative of what you’re written. Thank you. 🙂



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    1. James, my pleasure and it truly is a fabulous mystery and I really fell in love with it. Stunning. Karen Anna 🙂

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  3. balroop2013 says:

    I agree with you Karen, Academic Curveball is more than a mystery but Jay is so proficient in understanding relationships! Fabulous review!

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    1. balroop, thank you so much. I read it in two days, I couldn’t put it down and with my eye problem that was difficult to do.

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      1. balroop2013 says:

        Take care Karen, eyes are precious.

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      2. balroop, Yes, and that is what I am exactly going to do. I will not be reviewing anymore books for a long while. 🙂

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      3. I hope you feel better this weekend!

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      4. Thank you James or Jay. I am fine. Karen 🙂

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  4. Wonderful review, Karen. It sounds like a novel that would keep my interest.

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    1. Kathy, you would love it. Karen 🙂


  5. Jay is a terrific writer. I have read five of his books now. I love his sense of humour.

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    1. Brigid, I have only read one of his now books, but I too love his reading. Karen 🙂

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  6. It sounds like a good read! I’m a sucker for a school setting.

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    1. Liz, you are going to love this novel, Academic Curveball. It is the best. Karen 🙂

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