Murder at Ebbets Field Hardcover – Apr 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.