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Cincinnati Red Stalkings [Hardcover]

Troy Soos
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June 12 1998 Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mysteries
On the day of the grand opening of an exhibit to honor the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the die-hard fan in charge of the event is shot to death. Soon Reds player Mickey Rawlings finds himself embroiled in a mix of conspiracy, lies, and murder that could end his career . . . and his life.

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All Mickey Rawlings wants to do is put the Great War behind him, settle in as a utility infielder with the Cincinnati Reds, and learn to hit the low, outside curveball. It doesn't seem like much, but Mick keeps picking the wrong friends. Oliver Perriman, for instance, seems like a nice enough guy. Just a super baseball fan who wants to put together a tribute to the first professional baseball team, the 1869 Reds. But Perriman is shot in the head during a game, and when Mick becomes a suspect, though not a likely one, he decides to nose around. The case is a tangled web of greed and lost family lumber fortunes that ultimately has little or nothing to do with the game. The entries in the Mickey Rawlings series could almost be classified as cozies directed at baseball fans. Mix in great 1920s period detail and a likable, carefully presented first-person narrator in Rawlings for a series that has modest goals and meets them with style. Wes Lukowsky

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Two years after the Chicago Black Sox scandal rocked major league baseball, the Cincinnati Reds are still trying to prove that they won the 1919 World Series, and that the White Sox didn't just hand it to them. Oliver Perriman, a Reds fan who'd like to remember happier times, wants to mount an exhibit of memorabilia featuring the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, who beat every team they played in a historic coast-to-coast tour. No sooner has the Reds management signed on to Ollie's plan, though, than he's shot to death, presumably by somebody who had an eye out for a particular bit of Red Stockings history. Could it have been the ball or the baseball cards he gave to the Reds' latest acquisition, rolling-stone utility infielder Mickey Rawlings? Mickey promises his live-in girlfriend, ex-serial queen Margie Turner, that he's not going to get involved this time, but it's too late. By the time Mickey uncovers evidence of a 50-year-old murder, somebody's already broken into his house looking for the fatal evidence, and somebody's trying to smear him by linking him to the gamblers who bought the 1919 Series. Will Mickey end up a ``permanent ineligible,'' the latest casualty of autocratic Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis? No way, as Mickey never says. But his fifth adventure (Hunting a Detroit Tiger, 1997, etc.) is stronger on baseball triviathe Reds have an especially rich traditionthan on that untidy old mystery. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun historical baseball mystery April 2 1998
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As major league baseball struggles to overcome the Chicago "Black Sox" scandal during the 1919 World Series, Cincinnati Red infielder Mickey Rawling's knows that his career is limited. He looks elsewhere to supplement his meager income (baseball did not pay well in the early twenties). At a memorabilia show, Mickey meets organizer Oliver Perriman, who gives him a ball dating back to 1869.
Not long after that, Oliver is murdered. Mickey, who has done some sleuthing in the past (see HUNTING OF A DETROIT TIGER) begins to investigate the murder. He quickly realizes that the ball is a fake and actually contains information inside about a girl who disappeared in 1869. Meanwhile, to get Mickey out of the way, he is set up to take a fall for allegedly hanging around gamblers. Not only does he have to clear his name and rep before he becomes the ninth man out, he also feels the need to solve the two cases that are a half century apart but seemingly intertwined.
THE CINCINNATTI RED STALKINGS is a well-written historical sports who-done-it that demonstrates how much talent Troy Soos has. The story line is fun and fast-paced, and Mickey is a great amateur sleuth (even as he is a lousy ballplayer). Mr. Soos' love of the national pastime shines throughout the novel, but, except for deep baseball fanatics, the historical tidbits do not always blend into the plot. Still, fans of baseball and historical mysteries will love this homage to the game.
Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a Day at the Ballpark March 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This reads pretty much like the other Mickey Rawlings books. It's a fun read, not much more, but mixes two popular pastimes, baseball and amateur sleuthing, quite well. This book is like a day at the park: slow in some places, intriguing at others, relaxing at the right moments, and full of history and spark and pep. And it takes less time to read than most games take to play now.
Soos is not a great writer, but he does what he sets out to time and again. If you love old-time baseball, or mysteries, read this. And even if you just love baseball, read this. The mystery is less important than the sense of love and passion Soos brings to Rawlings and his real and fictional baseball cohorts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of fact and fiction. July 25 2001
Troy Soos continues the story of journeyman Mickey Rawlings. This time he plays for the Cincinnati Reds.
It's 1921 and baseball is reeling from the Black Sox scandal. Mickey is threatened with expulsion from the game because of bogus gambling charges. In addition, Mickey is investigating two murders more than 50 years apart.
As a long-time resident of Cincinnati, OH, this book was especially enjoyable to me. I'm too young to have attended games in Redland/Crosley field, so it was good to be able to go there, at least vicariously. I'm eagerly awaiting the next Troy Soos novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, those were the days... May 14 2000
If you are a baseball fan and a mystery reader, it doesn't get any better than this. The author re-creates the era of 1921, when the Cincinnati nine were still reeling from having been cheated out of their victory over the Chicago "Black Sox" by accusations that the fix was in. Having felt the summer heat of Cincinnati and having seen many games at Redlands (Crosley Field), this brought it all back. I can't wait to read Troy Soos' other mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sense of time and place Nov. 16 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Mickey Rawlings book I read and I enjoyed it very much. The author creates a wonderful sense of time and place. Highly recommended for baseball lovers who are mystery fans.
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