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I had never heard of Troy Soos or his fictional baseball player Mickey Rawlings until my Dad gave me this book that he had read This book was so much player Mickey Rawlings until my Dad gave me this book that he had read This book was so much and I can t wait to get my hands on another one Anyone who knows me knows that I m a HUGE baseball fan so finding an adult fiction book that centers around baseball was truly amazing The Cincinnati Red Stalkings is a mystery set in 1921 as Mickey Rawlings a utility infielder for the Cincinnati Red Stockings attempts to solve several mysteries that are really making his life miserable He lives with an actress named Margie which is scandalous for 1921 and uite humorous every time he tries to describe their relationship to someone who winds up solving her own mystery There are historical facts included in this book which makes it even enjoyable This story centers around events that involved the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Club which was the first completely professional nine The team led by Harry Wright went 57 0 in 1869 True story But when Mickey Rawlings is given an old baseball among some other memorabilia from 1869 that appears mostly worthless things really start to get interesting Was a young girl truly murdered in 1869 and buried in Eden Park Whatever happened to Dick Hurley the utility infielder for the 1869 team Is the man who showed up in 1921 claiming to be Dick Hurley really him And why was Mickey Rawlings apparently set up with a photo showing him shaking hands with a known gambler who ust happened to be handing him an envelope right in the middle of the Chicago Black Sox trial This of course caused him to be suspended and uestioned by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis the first baseball commissioner Rawlings certainly had his hands full Baseball and murder mystery What a great combination This book is according to the description on Goodreads is number 5 in the series and I know there is at least one after this one I ll be looking for all of them The author obviously did a lot of research He integrates baseball history and the local flavor well May not be 100% accurate on some of the city details but very close He was a little unfair to the Cincinnati zoo but it is fiction He also did a good The Origin of Feces job of tying up all the cluespossible motives along the way in a believable conclusion which was good because it was a very complex story This is the fifth novel in the Mickey Rawlings Mystery Series that I ve read and it doesn t disappoint It is 1921 and Rawlings is now playing with the Cincinnati Reds He volunteers to help a local baseball super fan Oliver Penniman set up an exhibit of memorabilia to honor the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings the first professional baseball team in American historyBut before the exhibit could take place Penniman is murdered and Rawlings soon finds himself embroiled in a mix of conspiracy lies and murder that could end his career and his life This actually refers to the audio book which for some reason I could not get to come up despite using the ISBNThis is one of the later books in the Mickey Rawlings baseball series set in the late 1910 searly 1920 s I needed an audiobook uickly to listen to on a long drive and this one was there so I snabbed it very uncharacteristic for me who never reads series out of order Mickey is a utility infielder who s been traded all over the league currently doing duty with the Cincinnati Red Stockings He has an interest in baseball history and spends some time with a guy whom the team s owner has hired to set up a baseball museum to help draw in some crowds When that man turns up dead Mickey is at first a suspect and then becomes the hunted himself as he figures the killer must have the idea that Mickey has something that the murdered man passed on to him but for the life of him he can t figure out what it might be Until he does the mystery is going to remainust that the police aren t overly interested and seem content to let the murder go off as death in the midst of a robbery I really enjoyed this book enough that I went ahead and downloaded the first book to my MP3 player already Mickey is interesting and I like the secondary characters too It s interesting hearing about what baseball was like during those long ago days a time even before my parents were The reader had kind of an odd voice not your classical deep bounding male voice but suited Mickey s personality very well and was pleasant enough to listen to Looking forward to going back to the beginning to hear about how it all started I loved this book Not only as a Reds fan but also as a Cincinnati native and a persnickety reader Soos hit every pitch For the baseball fansI m trying really hard to be objective about this book but this is the one I started reading this series for It was so much fun having a book set in my hometown and I loved that Mickey got to play for my Reds This one really showed me how much research is put into these books as I could recognize places and people included in the book I enjoyed the story in this one and it was fun. The lazy days of June 1921 are dark ones for baseball fans as the trial of the Chicago Black Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series begins But utility infielder Mickey Rawlings thinks he has something to cheer about playing for the team that won that series the Cincinnati Reds Until he gets involved in murderIt all starts when Oliver Perrima. The Cincinnati Red StalkingsThe Reds and zoo mysteries but not before Rawlings pays multiple to Commissioner Landis who makes it known that not before Rawlings pays multiple visits to Commissioner Landis who makes it that rules baseball with an iron fist and will not tolerate those who associate with gamblers or minorities This is foreshadowing for both future Rawlings mysteries and baseball history itself By taking readers back to baseball s origins Soos gives readers a glimpse of baseball in two different eras giving people a window into Cincinnati of 1869 when it was the ueen City As usual the case was a fast paced read on a weekend afternoon a perfect way to pass the time as baseball season winds down for the year 375 stars The Cincinnati Red Stalkings is fifth in a series of six similar books so in some respects this is a review of the whole series I really like the series and I think this is the best of the bunch so far I ve often thought that if time travel were possible I d really like to go back in time and spend time at baseball games from different eras I think this uote from the book does a nice Redeeming the Republic Federalists Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution job summing up my feelingsI wasn t sure what it is about baseball that makes such a phenomenon possible however Perhaps it s because the essence of the game has changed so little over the years boys playing ball on paved city streets do much the same as their grandfathers did when those streets were village cow paths Or maybe because baseball history is a collective memory than a seuence of events stories told by old timers personal experiences at the ballpark and yesterday s box scores all mingle together in one vast pool of shared experience You can dip your foot in any part of it stir up the mixture and wade right into the pastOne reason I like the series so much is the mix of baseball historical fiction and mystery isust to my liking Fans of only one of those three genres might find the series lacking but for me there is enough of each to make it supremely entertaining It s fascinating to look at history through the lense of baseball The mystery while suspenseful is not so tense that it will keep you up at nightAnother reason I enjoy this series so much is that I find the narrator Mickey Rawlings to be a very likeable person Part of his likeability to me is that he is a down to earth professional athlete with a genuine love for the game of baseball and concern for other people This book was my favorite in the series so far partly because it has so many intertwining mysteries and partly because view spoilerthings are going so well for Mickey personally While I share in his neighbors disapproval of cohabitating before marriage I m happy to see Margie back and to see their relationship moving forward hide spoiler The first of this series of Mickey Rawlings that I have read the premise is that of a ourneyman baseball player in the early 20th century this one set in 1920 who finds himself trying to solve a murder Set primarily in Cincinnati I found myself visualizing the settings as the author accurately recalls life in that time and place Soos describes parts of historic Cincinnati accurately while also recounting some of the history of the Reds For those who like baseball history this is a good read For those who like Cincinnati and appreciates its history it is also a good read As a mystery the story has plenty of potential murderers and if the information about the attempts to fix the 1919 World Series the Black Sox Scandal on both sides is accurate there is a lot of education for this longtime fan as well I learned about the 1869 Reds than I knew previously eg George Wright was not only a star with the team but also designed the first public golf course in the US He also owned a sporting goods store in BostonThe story itself moves along uickly and has good characters There are twists and turns that add interest but the only and minimal deficiency was the ending The reveal and solution was a little bit out of left field sorry couldn t avoid the baseball adage rather than being sufficiently prepared throughout the story By the end of the reveal it was no surprise but somehow it seemed to be a side story rather than making sense from all that precedes Nonetheless it is worth reading My next read in this series Murder Ebbets Field will either solidify my endorsement of this series or show this to be an anamolyBut a good read Tied in the Pick It For Me thread at A Good Thriller for August I really really love this series Not only is it baseball But it s old timey baseball This book starts in the wake of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and Mickey is now a utility baseball player for the Reds who played the Black Sox in the infamously thrown World Series This series is wonderful for the real people thrown in The first commissioner for baseball references to the trial against Sacco Vanzetti Hollywood World War I veterans the Negro leagues etcThe mystery ain t half bad either Poor Mickey gets involved with murder blackmail gambling and oh what else trying not to get blackballed from baseball A real treat Just wish I d had some Cracker Jack. N the line of fire Among the artifacts Perriman collected for the exhibit are the explosive clues to a fifty year old mystery the death of a Red Stockings fan and the disappearance of substitute player Dick Hurley the Mickey Rawlings of his time And soon Mickey finds himself embroiled in a mix of conspiracy lies and murder that can end his careerand his li. ,
To see them celebrating the 1869 team we ust celebrated the teams 150th anniversary i just celebrated the teams 150th anniversary I already of sad that Mickey probably won t be a Red in the next book With this unprecedented sixty game baseball season winding down I thought it was as good as time as any to complete the Mickey Rawlings mystery series by Troy Soos Soos wrote seven mysteries featuring ourneyman utility player Rawlings that take place between 1911 1923 as he moves from one storied franchise to the next One gets a feel for how baseball was played during the Era While Also Learning About The Cities Team S History while also learning about the cities team s history the overall historical importance of the year written about Cincinnati Red Stalkings takes readers back to 1921 with baseball s future at a crossroads Rawlings finds himself playing for baseball s original franchise as Soos deftly brings the city I know call home to life In 1919 the Chicago White Sox infamously accepted money from gamblers to lose the World Series Although the series was extended to seven games so as to look competitive White Sox players tried to lose booting a ground ball here and missing a pitch right down the middle there Having read the now classic Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof I know the history behind the scandal the important part being that White Sox owner Charles Comiskey was notorious for being cheap underpaying even his star players like pitchers Buck Weaver and Eddie Cicotte and outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson Weaver was behind the fix and recruited underpaid teammates to oin him When the scandal came out baseball did not know how to react to this unprecedented act even though players such as the New York Giants Hal Chase had been taking money from gamblers for years If baseball was to remain as America s game it would have to clean up its image and rid itself of gamblers Both league presidents American League power hungry Ban Johnson included gave authority to Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis to preside as the first league commissioner Landis proceeded to ban the eight White Sox players for life and made it known that baseball would not tolerate anyone in a league with gamblers What is often forgotten by history is the White Sox 1919 opponents the Reds Mickey Rawlings oined a 1921 Reds team who still believed that in 1919 that they were the better team Veterans Heinie Groh and Edd Rousch remained from the pennant winning team and circulated the belief that the Reds play on the field was indeed superior to the White Sox History would have to determine that but in 1921 the Reds found themselves fighting to stay out of the league s cellar The team needed extra revenue and was going to open an exhibit honoring the 1869 team the first professional team in baseball history That first Red Stockings team went 53 11 and declared themselves champions even though baseball at the time was loosely organized there was no national league until 1876 Yet the Reds of 1921 needed revenue because their product in the field was not very good Honoring the team s past would be the impetus to bring fans to the ballpark Rawlings has long been a student of baseball history and offers to help with the project until the its organizer is found murdered in his office and Rawlings finds himself wrapped up in another ballpark mystery Mickey and his long time girl friend Margie Turner have settled in the ueen City s Mount Healthy neighborhood Their home is modest and indicative of players salaries at the time To supplement income Margie takes a ob at the Cincinnati Zoo only to become embroiled in a mystery of her own All of the landmarks Soos mentions in this case I know well as I ve either visited them or passed by on many occasions the downtown library the zoo fountain suare the train terminal which is now the museum center In 1921 Cincinnati was a city of electric trolleys and well to do neighborhoods made nationally famous by President Howard Taft and Senator Nicholas Longworth of the Rookwood Pottery Company and husband of Alice Roosevelt Cincinnati was also a city of speakeasies and still smarting from the Boss Cox rebellion of a few years back Cox s cronies still ran the city and these movers and shakers also patronized the Reds the Bonner and Whitaker families As Rawlings would find out both families had a long history with the Reds well before Boss Cox came to power This would add multiple layers to the mystery that Rawlings would need to solve soon or his own life could be at stake Soos paints a picture of prohibition era America as well as the best historical writers The predominately German Cincinnati was openly against prohibition and the beer flowed freely Baseball still reeled from the Black Sox scandal and in passing Rawlings notes that Babe Ruth was challenging his own home run record from the year before It was the Babe who in the 1920s saved baseball from itself and he makes himself front and center in another of Rawlings mysteries Meanwhile Mickey with the help of Margie and long time friend Karl Landfors get to the bottom of both. N a die hard Reds fan organizes an exhibit of memorabilia to honor the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings baseball's first professional team Having grown up hearing stories about the legendary ball club Mickey Rawlings volunteers to help Perriman with the grand opening of the display But before you can say Batter up Perriman gets shot to death and puts Mickey

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