The Mets’ disastrous 1962 season is the background for this sometimes enjoyable, occasionally labored mystery starring millionaire freelance lawyer-investigator Thomas Andrew Curry and his new bride, Sandrine. Thomas and Sandy, who finds that baseball fulfills her French passion for logic, become ballpark friends of Jerry Fielder, a grifter and onetime labor extortionist who “always thought that a straight line was the most boring distance between two points.” They’re among the small group that Jerry invites to the Mets-Braves night game of September 26 in which the Mets become the major leagues’ losingest team ever. The Currys go home early, before their host is icepicked to death. The theft of Sandy’s scorecard eventually points to the identity of the killer, but by that time the reader may be fed up with insider baseball and insider contract law. Bowen, a Milwaukee lawyer, introduced his likable couple in Badger Game.

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The Armchair Detective

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“. . . the Currys are as fine a pair of married sleuths as you will come across in contemporary crime fiction.”

Drood Review of Mystery

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“ . . . concise, ingenious, even brilliant.”


Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“Witty, urbane, and tightly plotted . . . It’s enjoyable and leaves me hoping for more.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“Bowen has an enjoyable style and a delightful way with the classic puzzle formula.”

Denver Post

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“The Currys will remind you a little of Mr. and Mrs. North . . . . Bowen moves the story along with grace and more than a little wit.”

Boston Globe

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“ . . . a crackerjack read . . . nifty clues . . . quite elegant in their construction.”

Chicago Sun-Times

Jan 17, 2014 by Anonymous

“Bowen lays out the narrative and sprinkles the clues with a painstaking precision of detail that recalls early Ellery Queen novels.”

Michael Bowen , USA 5.0 5.0 7 7 “. . . the Currys are as fine a pair of married sleuths as you will come across in contemporary crime fiction.”