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A Sporting Murder (Greg McKenzie Mystery) Paperback – September 15, 2010
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Just like the plot, they (McKenzies) are straight forward in a most refreshing way, which leaves the darker twists and turns to the plot without allowing the main characters to get in the way. --The Deepening --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Combining a terrific mystery with professional sports - what could be better?
Greg and Jill, his "bride of nearly forty years," who together comprise McKenzie Investigations, receive a call from Arnold Wechsel, a young German who is the nephew of Greg's old OSI colleague, asking for a meeting, telling him only that he has information about the NBA matter that will "blow the mind." When Greg arrives at the designated meeting place, he finds the young man's dead body. Greg is determined, on both a personal and professional level, to track down the killer. In the process, they survive a couple of serious attempts on their lives. And there is also the presence of a ubiquitous [and somewhat menacing] black Escalade to add to the mystery. As Greg says, "the professional sports franchise business [is] getting deadly."
This reader by now feels an affinity for this husband-and-wife team, and cannot also help but feel a knowledge of and affection for their creator and his wife, who seem to be the models for the protags. A thoroughly satisfying holiday read [it is the week before Christmas as the book opens], and recommended.
Expect surprises, crackerjack action and a breathless pace. A Sporting Murder is Chester Campbell at his very best.
This series is cozy mystery's answer to Dashiell Hammett's Thin Man series. Greg and Jill McKenzie are a charming couple who complement one another and work well together. Their interactions are heartwarming and refreshing and a nice bonus to the story. The plot moves at a fast pace, offering a mystery readers will be challenged to solve.
A Sporting Murder is the fifth installment of the "Greg McKenzie mystery series" by octogenarian author Chester D. Campbell. It reunites the reader with Jill and Greg McKenzie, who are the owners and indomitable operators of McKenzie Investigations.
With a long track record of successful case resolutions under their belts, they are hired by a group of hardcore NHL fans to scope out the veracity of some rumors that suggest the NBA might be sending a team to their neck of the woods - and thereby encroaching on the NHL team fan base.
The plot thickens when a trusted source claims to have crucial information -- only to be found murdered. Before long, there are bomb explosions, shady investment deals, some serious undercover investigating and a gift of cyanide.
The (masterfully) Tangled Web
Campbell knows how to spin a good yarn, and it shows. There are the murderous plot involving the NHL team and the engaging sub-plot of the man with a grudge. There is some back-story and some lovin'. Keeping all the balls in the air at all times, the parallel investigation makes for an exciting read, especially since there is never a shortage of action.
The protagonists are a charming couple of seasoned professionals (not the bumbling `chick lit' characters that mystery writers of late seem to favor). They are also not the brooding private eyes with the haunting past, which make up pretty much the other half of the genre.
Just like the plot, they are straight forward in a most refreshing way, which leaves the darker twists and turns to the plot without allowing the main characters to get in the way. The story is a welcome departure from recent genre pieces, which automatically turns A Sporting Murder into a must-read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very good book. As a couple Greg McKenzie and his wife make good detectives. The story flows along quickly and is a good example of a modern action thriller. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
This series by Mr. Campbell is wonderful. The story line is always fresh but the characters familiar. The stories keep you interest - they are hard to put down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jeanne zabst
The 5th and final book in the Greg McKenzie Mysteries. I was sad when starting this book, as I knew it was the last book in this series. I love the stories of Jill and Greg. Read morePublished 13 months ago by srl
I really enjoy Chester Campbell's books. They have enough humor to keep you chuckling, enough suspense to keep you guessing and fun characters for you to get to know and enjoy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barby Johnson
Fantastic characters, great plot and the banter between the two is refreshing and at times quite humorous.I would highly recommend this book and the others in the seriesPublished on November 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
An enjoyable mystery
Lots of twists and turns to the plot and disclosure of the murderer. A real who done it.