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Murder at Ebbets Field [Hardcover]

Troy Soos
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April 1995 Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mysteries
Slugger/amateur sleuth Mickey Rawlings is back for a second whodunit. August 1914: the Giants are in first place, the Dodgers last, and Mickey might well realize his most cherished dream of playing in the World Series. But as the pennant race heats up, Mickey finds himself matching wits with a killer who has an irritating habit of vanishing into thin air.

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August 1914. WWI has just started in Europe, the Miracle Boston Braves are hot on the trail of the first-place New York Giants, and Giants' utility infielder Mickey Rawlings is about to pick up where we last left him in Murder at Fenway Park. When the Giants journey to Brooklyn's brand new Ebbets Field to play their arch rivals, the Dodgers, Rawlings is asked to make a baseball movie with the matinee idol of the day, Florence Hampton. After the filming, he joins the movie company at a party in Coney Island, where, next morning, he finds Hampton's lifeless body under a pier. Rawlings, asked to investigate, learns that Hampton was poisoned with arsenic?just as her husband had been a few months before. When the Dodger's batboy is poisoned, Rawlings wonders who's next, and why. With the help of a Brooklyn outfielder by the name of Casey Stengel, and with cameos by John McGraw and Christy Mathewson, Soos offers another breezy read full of the flavor of the times.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this 1914 period piece, sometime infielder Mickey Rawlings hopes his NY Giants will beat the Dodgers and earn a shot at the World Series. There's a movie crew shooting the game and right next to the Dodger's dugout, Mickey sees the luscious and famous movie star, Florence Hampton. When the director asks for a man from each team as bit players, the Dodgers pick Casey Stengel and the Giants choose Mickey.

The Giants lose the game (and baseball fans and non fans alike will appreciate Soos's short and vivid game descriptions), the glamorous Miss Hampton whisks Rawlings and Stengel away to film some scenes, then they're off to a champagne party. The next morning Mickey takes his hangover for a walk on the beach and finds Hampton's bloated body washed up on the beach. His friend, journalist Karl Landfors, talks him into investigating Hampton's death.

Soos's simple, almost journalistic prose holds the reader captive in the early 20th century baseball world. Soos, a physicist at MIT, says he always liked "reading mysteries and doing physics mostly for the puzzle...I think Peter Lovesey's Cribb & Thackery series is what got me writing historicals."
He uses books, film and photos to learn how the cities looked in the early part of the century. "I do use actual incidents and players, then I start to play the game of 'what if?' to tie them together in a mystery plot."
Although I'm a baseball fan, I don't consider myself a fan of historical baseball -- at least I wasn't until I discovered Soos's series. He's managed to change that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as author's other mysteries May 27 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Somehow this was just not up to the plot and flavor of the writer's other mysteries. Perhaps it was a result of mixing silent movie making and baseball. I wanted more Ebbetts Field, Casey Stengel, etc. I watched many Dodger games in that old park, and I wanted to relive the feeling. Soos accomplished that in his mysteries about the Reds and the Red Sox, but I felt a little let down this time around.
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This is a nice little book that clips along at a brisk pace. The protagonist seems a bit too smart for a 22-year old, however, and most of the historical tidbits that are included seem clumsily inserted. Having said that, I have to say that it certainly keeps one's interest from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Four Bagger for Soos April 11 2000
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This is a very entertaining series, all of the books combine baseball, mystery and history and are well written. This is one of the best, the portrait of Casey Stengal is great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good baseball mystery Aug. 10 1998
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was one of the best mystery books and the best baseball mystery book I have ever read and I would highly recommend it.
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