Blackmail at Wrigley Field

Blackmail at Wrigley Field

by Christopher Geoffrey McPherson, Matt Hinrichs

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BN ID: 2940150059016
Publisher: Christopher Geoffrey McPherson
Publication date: 01/02/2015
Series: The James Murray Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 188 KB

About the Author

In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings these years of experience to each of his novels.

In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials – and continues to write.

Prior to his new novel, called “A Cat in Time” about the most famous cat in ancient Japan, Christopher spent more than five years creating a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are "Murder at Eastern Columbia," “Sabotage at RKO Studio,” “Abduction at Griffith Observatory,” “Blackmail at Wrigley Field,” and the newest “Haunting at Ocean House.”

Other writing featuring his byline includes “22: The Biography of a Gun” – a tale set in the near future where guns are strictly controlled yet where one manages to make its way into the hands of those who want it; "The Babi Makers" – a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" – a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" – a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" – the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" – a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" – a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.

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Blackmail at Wrigley Field 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Like the previous three novels in Christopher McPherson’s James Murray Mysteries, Blackmail at Wrigley Field tells two tales simultaneously, switching between the mystery written by a young author in Depression era Los Angeles, and the life he lives day to day as he tries to write. While the earlier three novels stand alone without difficulty, Blackmail at Wrigley Field leans more heavily on the characters’ previous experiences and romances. It’s a satisfying tale of a young man facing his demons after losing the love of his life. Writers’ block, the dangers of drink, human (as well as societal) depression, and honest human kindness all play their part, as this “defeated lonely loser who had once shown so much promise” is guided back toward hope. Meanwhile he and his alter ego have a blackmailing mystery to solve, and, as always in this series, there’s an immense satisfaction to seeing how the fictional author’s life feeds into his character. Nicely researched and convincingly told, the story takes James to an Oxford Group meeting in the days before AA, portrays a questioning faith in a loving god, introduces honest god-fearing “lavender types,” and, of course, invites readers to walk the streets of LA, to hear the sound of bat on ball, and to revel in the hauntingly evocative atmosphere of a town not yet grown. With well-drawn characters that stick in the mind, complex situations, neat mysteries, and thought-provoking but wholly believable musings, Blackmail at Wrigley Field is another pleasingly different novel that really should become a classic. Disclosure: The author offered me a free ecopy and I’m offering my honest review. I love this series!