Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) – By James J. Cudney IV

There’s a saying about experiencing something for the first time – You never forget it.

And yes, your blog, first following, first follower, first like, first comment, do count too.

There’s an author I met when I first started blogging, and I’ve been following his writing journey ever since. Some of you already know him from ‘this is my truth now (link below if this one doesn’t click).

James J. Cudney is inexhaustible, a prolific writer, a fun guy, and a supportive friend.

I was getting the last details of my debut novel ready when he released his first book, Watching Glass Shatter in October last year. Around spring this year, he released his second novel, Father Figure. And today I’m here to announce his new release, the first book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, launching on October 15th…. See what I mean about inexhaustible?

Academic Curveball is a cozy mystery written in the first person narrative. Crime, college, sport, love, humor… it’s all there. It’s witty, it’s fun, and the set of characters are charming and relatable.

Want to know more?

Check out his post and a brief excerpt here:

book cover

Blurb: When Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, is forced to return home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds the dead body of a professor in Diamond Hall’s stairwell. Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Then he finds a second body after discovering mysterious donations to the college’s athletic program, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and a criminal attempting to change student grades so the star baseball pitcher isn’t expelled.


Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana weeding through the clues, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. Fate has other plans. Kellan is close to discovering the killer’s identity just as someone he loves is put in grave danger of becoming victim number three. And if that’s not enough to wreak havoc on his family, everything comes crashing to a halt when his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.


In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the charming Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. When this first book ends, the drama is set for the next adventure in Kellan’s future… and it’s one you won’t want to miss.


Sounds like a fantastic read, doesn’t it?

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32 Replies to “Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) – By James J. Cudney IV”

  1. Jina,

    I’m so appreciative of your kindness. Ever since we met over a year ago, it’s been a fantastic friendship to chat about books, writing, and life in general. Some day I’ll come check out these spiders you posted about a few months ago! 🙂


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