Curveball by: Jen Estes

Title: Curveball
Author: Jen Estes
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
Source: Partners In Crime Book Tour
Series: A Cat McDaniel Mystery #1



Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposes. Now that very talent has left her unemployed. Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin'” Aiken–Baseball legend, eight-time All Star… and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige.


Aiken offers Cat the team writer position for the following spring, but the opportunity is tempered by a curveball of a caveat: she must first spend the winter as a blogger reporting on the Latin American training facility. She is also supposed to look out for Paige, nominally the team’s newest scouting assistant. Being a glorified babysitter and chaperone still beats being an out-of-work sportswriter. Cat reluctantly leaves behind her gorgeous boyfriend Benji and accompanies the party girl to sunny Santo Domingo to balance baselines and conga lines.


Paige falls for Chance Hayward, an agent who plays hardball–the figurative kind. Joining them on the field is Paige’s ex, Junior DeLeon, one of the coaches who’d really like to score with Cat. When an aspiring player turns up dead, it is up to Cat and Junior to devise a game-changing strategy. Will Cat’s snooping work in her favor this time, or will she strike out … losing her job, her boyfriend and her life?

Curveball follows Big Leagues as Book 2 of the Cat McDaniel Mysteries, also known as the Foul Ball series.

My Thoughts:

This was a great new mystery series involving Cat McDaniel who is trying to land a job with Buffalo Soldiers.  Instead she ends up babysitting the Paige Aiken the daughter of General Manager Roger “Rakin'” Aiken.  The two girls end up finding a body down in Santo Damingo quickly into the story, and Cat decides to investigate what is going on involving baseball players.  Paige on the other hand is smitten or so it seems with Chance Hayward an agent who hooks up kids with trainers.  What you slowly notice is something with Chance Hayward is way off.  I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery with this story.  Wondering if Cat will survive Thunderstorm Paige and get her dream job!


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4 thoughts on “Curveball by: Jen Estes

  1. Cheryl "Mash" October 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for another great posting.

  2. Gina - Partners in Crime Tours October 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for your review!! It sounds as if you’re really digging in to the series 😉

  3. Jen Estes October 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you enjoyed my book, Paula! “Thunderstorm Paige” is right! 😉

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