Academic Curveball


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.


  • Mystery (somewhere between a cozy and a light investigation)

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11 thoughts on “Academic Curveball

    A Handful of Creativia’s Publications – Didi Oviatt said:
    September 26, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    […] amazingly talented team of authors that Creativia has accepted and compiled (including our very own James J. Cudney, author of Father Figure, my favorite ever debut novel!). Each and every one of these authors have […]

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    misifusa said:
    October 26, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Loved this one too Jay! Do you care if I write a review on my blog? Let me know!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 26, 2018 at 2:21 PM

      Hi. You read it already? Wow. Thank you so much. Of course. Would love it.

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        misifusa said:
        October 26, 2018 at 2:44 PM

        You got it! 🙂 Of course I read it Jay! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 26, 2018 at 6:38 PM

        I’m so grateful. I just sent the next one to the editor and 3 beta readers. It’s been so much fun. 🙂 How are you?


        misifusa said:
        November 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM

        We’re doing great here! Loving horseback riding after a long absence. Your book was awesome Jay and I can’t wait to read the next one! 🙂 You’re on a roll! HOMERUN!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

        Thank you! I’m glad you’re back to riding!


        misifusa said:
        October 26, 2018 at 2:56 PM

        Ok! Done! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 26, 2018 at 6:37 PM

      Thank you so much! Loved the review. I was offline all day (had to weed and take down all the plants as they were starting to die!)


    Another Home Run For Cudney! | Misifusa's Blog said:
    October 26, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    […] This mystery kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out who done it!  I enjoyed the banter between characters and learning about the back stories for them.  Jay keeps it interesting throughout with twists and turns along the way.  His way of revealing relationships intrigues me as he seems to have his thumb on the aorta of human beings.  He’s got the pulse of all parts of human nature and he’s not afraid to let his characters be themselves. […]

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    scr4pl80 said:
    December 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Just wrote a review of this on my blog. Great story, Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

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