Fear in Fenway: A Duffy House Mystery

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9780380718658: Fear in Fenway: A Duffy House Mystery

When a Boston Red Sox fan, fed up with the team's bleak history of failed championship opportunities, begins murdering team members, crusty ex-sportswriter Duffy House steps up to the plate to investigate. Reprint. PW.

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When two former Red Sox players--partners in a bid to wrest ownership of the team from the rich widow Dougherty--are both murdered at Fenway Park during an Old-Timer's Day reunion, retired sportswriter Duffy House and his hubba-hubba niece Petey are asked to investigate. Two more ex-players will die (including another would-be club owner); Boston homicide cop Fred Parent will develop a crush on Petey while Duffy swoons over a classy widow; and the chief suspect, a groundskeeper, will disappear before a cancer- riddled old sportswriter writes a confession, then gulps a toxic handful of pills. His sports-announcer son seems more upset that the old man also poisoned the dog than that dad died--and then further investigation by Duffy, Petey, and Fred climaxes at the Red Sox-Yankee game during a 20-minute blackout. Their plot can't quite cut the (ballpark) mustard, but William Brashler and Reinder Van Til--using the Evers pseudonym for their fourth (and first hard-cover) Duffy House adventure--clearly love the sport. For fans, then, there's plenty of baseball trivia. -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

This hardcover debut is the fourth Duffy House baseball mystery by the pseudonymous team of William Brashler ( The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings ) and free-lance editor Reinder Van Til. Lots of ballpark lore is spiced with a little murder as irascible retired sportswriter Duffy House and his nubile niece Petey, who does the legwork, leave Chicago for Boston and an Old-Timer's game. Poison in the potato salad and a shot of nicotine in the chewing tobacco fell two club legends. Although House has his eye (in more ways than one) on the very attractive owner Mrs. Patsy Dougherty, the strangled corpse of a pitcher, with his fingers broken post-mortem, makes him look elsewhere. Fueled with rapid-fire baseball trivia and the slick repartee of perky Petey and her gruff Unk, the story features jealous journalists and former players who, once colorful, may now be dangerously nuts. Maybe not a home run, but a solid hit nonetheless.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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