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72 Hours in Savannah: A Quick Baseball Mystery / Short Story (Quick Mystery Short Stories Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
In addition, Stanger has written Trolley Dodgers which follows the Midwest college town of Bloomington, IN as they try to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also wrote Kansaska, a funny look back at the semi-pro minor leagues of the 1940's.
Stanger lives and writes in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- ASIN : B01I0DTLY4
- Publisher : Blue Trolley Press (July 4, 2016)
- Publication date : July 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1727 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 42 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not surprisingly, based on the title, the story takes place in Savannah, GA, where a friend of Quick’s who is the equipment manager for the local minor league team calls Quick and asks for help in investigating the murder of the team’s groundskeeper. The murder weapon may be the most unusual ever in crime fiction, a 70-year-old championship trophy from the team’s trophy case. One quick look at the trophy case, however, makes Quick realize that a second trophy from the case is now missing, and he eventually figures out that the missing trophy is the key to, literally, some long-buried treasure for which the killer is hunting.
“72 Hours in Savannah” is a breezy, fast-moving book (it’s only about 40 pages long), with a fair amount of humor. Author Stanger recognizes the inherent absurdity of building a murder mystery around a baseball memorabilia collector and the notion of stabbing someone to death with a decades-old trophy (I’m still trying to figure out just how the killer pulled that off). As you might expect, the plot isn’t all that complex, and it’s relatively easy to figure out who the killer is. The nature of the missing treasure, however, is somewhat unusual, and it turns out that the treasure isn’t long-buried doubloons and pieces-of-eight, but, instead, something that’s entirely in keeping with the theme of the book. Baseball fans will enjoy the author’s references to the sport, while non-fans may get a bit of an education. In addition to the information the author provides about baseball, the author throws in some other, not-so-pleasant references to Savannah’s racially segregated past that are also rather interesting, although I wish he’d been able to go into greater depth.
Despite the book’s short length, Quick manages to get himself clunked on the head twice and stabbed once over the course of those 40 pages. Mystery plotting isn’t the author’s strong suit, and he winds up writing himself into a corner after one of Quick’s encounters with the killer, following which the killer has Quick dead to rights. The author concocts a rather weak, unbelievable resolution to that scenario, which seems written solely because the book would come to a rather abrupt and unpleasant end otherwise.
While there are lots better pure mysteries out there than “72 Hours in Savannah,” the book is still an entertaining, humorous way to spend an hour or two with an author who knows his baseball and his southern culture. I’m not sure how many storylines the author can create featuring Quick and his highly specialized area of expertise, but it’s pretty easy for readers to go along with the story in this one. “72 Hours in Savannah” isn’t a home run, but it is a solid double.
I don’t know if it’s the fault of my Kindle but I think the formatting needs work and a bit of editing for grammatical errors.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook from the author and this is my honest and freely given opinion.
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