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Product Details

  • Series: Greg McKenzie Mystery
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shadows Press (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984604405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984604401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,649,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Campbell provides red herrings, plenty of action, and a smooth narrative. It makes a nice change from foul-mouthed detectives and gritty settings. --Gumshoe Reviews

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.

About the Author

I got bitten by the writing bug when I started work as a newspaper reporter while a journalism student at the University of Tennessee. That was more than 60 years ago. Since then I've worked as a freelance writer, a magazine editor, a political speechwriter, an advertising copywriter, a public relations writer and an association manager. I started writing novels after retirement. I write the Greg McKenzie mysteries featuring a retired Air Force OSI agent. The first, SECRET OF THE SCROLL (2002), takes place in Nashville and Israel. The second, DESIGNED TO KILL (2004), is set around Pensacola, FL, and the third, DEADLY ILLUSIONS (2005), wanders about Nashville. The fourth,  titled THE MARATHON MURDERS (2008), involves the long-defunct Marathon Motor Works in Nashville, and the fifth is A SPORTING MURDER (2010), dealing with professional sports in Nashville. My second mystery series follows the adventures of Nashville PI Sid Chance. The first book, titled THE SUREST POISON (2009), deals with a toxic chemical spill in a suburban county.

More About the Author

After following a snake-like career path that writhed about from newspapers to magazines to speechwriting to advertising to PR to association management, I settled on novel writing after retirement. I'm having a blast. My PI characters do things I'd never dare attempt. The reviewers love 'em, and so do the fans. Most of my stories are drawn from life, from all the weird and wonderful things that go on around me. Since I've been observing this for the last 88 years, there's no shortage of stuff to draw on. Lately I've finished work on a trilogy of Post Cold War political thrillers. The first, Beware the Jabberwock, and the second, The Poksu Conspiracy, are now joined by Book 3, Overture to Disaster. They're set in the early nineties, a time that arrived just after my retirement.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be a bit bland.
gram2-2
I would highly recommend this book along with all the other Campbell books I have read.
Barby Johnson
Expect surprises, crackerjack action and a breathless pace.
Ben F. Small

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
In his fifth fictional appearance, Greg McKenzie, a former cop who had worked for 25 years as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, has been hired to look into the proposed arrival in Nashville of an NBA team, and to check out the rumor that something shady was going on among the NBA franchise seekers. As the city already has both professional football and ice hockey teams, it seems like a bit of overkill to further dilute the sports fan base to a point where none of the three could be truly viable.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben F. Small on August 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Chester Campbell's new mystery, A Sporting Murder, Greg and Jill McKenzie receive a phone call from someone who says he has critical information about Nashville's pending acquisition of an NBA franchise. Nashville's a small market for a sports franchise, and it's already got a pro football and pro hockey team, both fighting for the same season an NBA franchise would occupy. The McKenzies are investigating the deal, and know the caller. Greg arranges to meet him, but arrives to find the caller dead, murdered. Suspects abound, and Greg and Jill are soon caught up in a conspiracy where they're wearing bullseyes for a killer both brutal and subtle.

Expect surprises, crackerjack action and a breathless pace. A Sporting Murder is Chester Campbell at his very best.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Jill and Greg McKenzie, owners of McKenzie Investigations, have been hired by an attorney for a group of Nashville Predators NHL hockey fans to investigate rumors there are efforts to bring an NBA basketball team to Nashville. Greg receives a phone call from a young man from Germany that he has important information about this, but when Greg goes to their meeting place, he finds the young man dead. Greg begins a parallel investigation into this death which ties into what look to be ominous mechanisms of the financiers behind the basketball deal. To make matters worse, he learns a man he put in prison years before has been released and is in the area. When Greg and Jill are almost poisoned and their jeep blown up, they're not sure whether the culprit is the felon or has connections to the basketball financiers. But they continue onward, more determined than ever to solve these two cases and find the murderer.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Brown on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Christmas, the NBA, Hockey, a mysterious informant and add murder. Mix well, with a cunning P. I. and his not so shrinking Violet of a partner wife and you have a not so cozy mystery. The past comes calling to bake the mix into a read to tingle the toes of all the fans Chester D. Campbell. New readers may find the landscape a bit bare so reading the previous books is suggested. A Sporting Murder kept this reviewer focused right to the spine jarring end. Read at your own peril. You might find it hard to get anything else done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Cochran on March 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Plot

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.
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