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"Equal parts baseball and mystery are the perfect proportion." --Robert Parker

The Big Dead Machine

It's 1921, and journeyman infielder Mickey Rawlings finds himself on yet another team, the Cincinnati Reds, who everyone remembers for "winning" the 1919 World Series against the infamous Chicago Black Sox. In an effort to refurbish their image, Oliver Perrimen, a die-hard Reds fan cooks up a memorabilia exhibit of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, who went undefeated in a historic coast-to-coast romp. But before the tour can reach first base, someone strikes Ollie out with a well-placed bullet. Since murder seems to follow Mickey around like a hitting slump he can't quite quit, he starts snagging clues. Soon enough he finds his hands full with a forgotten murder, breaking and entering, and an angry girlfriend. But when the game of his own life is on the line, Mickey Rawlings is a born survivor. At least he hopes. . .

Praise for the Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mysteries

"Full of life." --The New York Times Book Review on Hanging Curve

"A perfect book for the rain delay. . .a winner!" --USA Today on Murder at Fenway Park

"Delightful. . .mixing suspense, period detail that will leave readers eager for subsequent innings." --Publishers Weekly on Murder at Fenway Park
Published: Kensington Books on
ISBN: 9780758287823
List price: $11.99
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Mickey Rawlings is now playing for the Cincinnati Red Stalkings in 1921. They are getting ready to host an exhibit honoring the 1869 team when the person responsible for the exhibit turns up dead. Rawlings realizes there is more to the death than meets the eye, setting out to investigate. I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and had hesitated to pick it up and read it, but I'm really glad that I did. Having lived in Cincinnati during the 1980s and 1990s, I recognized many of the names and locations. I'm not an expert on baseball history by any means, but I can tell that the author has done quite a bit of research to pull off this series with the period detail that he has. Perhaps the thing that struck me most is that there were players and team officials involved in betting on baseball long before Pete Rose. I wonder if this book's narrative was inspired by the Pete Rose controversy that took place shortly before its writing. It's a great read, even if you are not a huge baseball fan.more

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Mickey Rawlings is now playing for the Cincinnati Red Stalkings in 1921. They are getting ready to host an exhibit honoring the 1869 team when the person responsible for the exhibit turns up dead. Rawlings realizes there is more to the death than meets the eye, setting out to investigate. I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and had hesitated to pick it up and read it, but I'm really glad that I did. Having lived in Cincinnati during the 1980s and 1990s, I recognized many of the names and locations. I'm not an expert on baseball history by any means, but I can tell that the author has done quite a bit of research to pull off this series with the period detail that he has. Perhaps the thing that struck me most is that there were players and team officials involved in betting on baseball long before Pete Rose. I wonder if this book's narrative was inspired by the Pete Rose controversy that took place shortly before its writing. It's a great read, even if you are not a huge baseball fan.more
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