A lifelong sportswriter, Mike spent the majority of his career writing for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City newspaper. Before he transitioned to becoming a full-time novelist who specializes in mysteries, Mike’s sportswriting career took him to 80 of the country’s 90 NFL stadiums, NBA arenas and Major League Baseball stadiums, in addition to sixty college campuses, Super Bowls and Final Fours. The highlight of his sportswriting journey was when he was transferred to Dallas to write daily stories on owner Jerry Jones’ Cowboys during the Barry Switzer era, back when “America’s Team” was led by future NFL Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders. During his career, Mike’s beats also included the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant; Oklahoma State teams led by coaches Les Miles, Mike Gundy and Eddie Sutton; and the OU Sooners led by coaches Bob Stoops and Lon Kruger. A lifelong mystery fan, Mike’s niche is fast-paced whodunits that feature female lead characters; stories packed with entertaining supporting casts in plots with numerous twists and turns, capped by surprise endings. Away from the computer, Mike is an avid golfer. Mike also was humbled and honored to recently be voted in the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2015). Mike has always loved a good mystery, whether it’s a rollercoaster paced novel that keeps you guessing until the surprising ending or TV shows like: Major Crimes, CSI, Cold Case, Law & Order, Psych or Monk.
Dream Killerby Mike Baldwin
To fulfill her friend’s dream, legendary sports agent Veronica Townsend has constructed a kids’ summer camp on the farm where baseball hero John Jensen was raised. Camp Dream Catcher, though, is in danger of shutting down after a lifeguard is murdered. With cancellations pouring in, Veronica must solve the mystery in a desperate attempt to keep the camp
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To fulfill her friend’s dream, legendary sports agent Veronica Townsend has constructed a kids’ summer camp on the farm where baseball hero John Jensen was raised. Camp Dream Catcher, though, is in danger of shutting down after a lifeguard is murdered. With cancellations pouring in, Veronica must solve the mystery in a desperate attempt to keep the camp open.
Veronica has persuaded Missy, her lovable assistant at Real Deal Sports in Manhattan, to be the camp’s bookkeeper. Missy is excited Pete, who works for San Jose’s pro baseball team, is spending a week at the camp during the All-Star break. But when Pete arrives, the camp is in disarray after the lifeguard is found dead in a cellar at a house seven miles from Camp Dream Catcher.
Director of the Omaha Boys and Girls Club, Ashley Webb has taken a sabbatical to oversee day-to-day operations at the camp in Burlington, Kansas. Ashley is convinced the camp can’t afford to stay open since the budget is drowning in red ink after Veronica spent nearly a million dollars of overtime to hurriedly get the project up and running.
Ashley also is concerned Veronica stubbornly refuses to close the camp despite evidence the killer may be a fellow staff member since camp lifeguards and counselors accounted for most of the guests at a wild party where the lifeguard was shot by his own gun.
Veronica gets assistance from former Major League All-Star Reggie Gordon, who has volunteered to serve as the camp’s director to pay tribute to John, a former teammate. After the lifeguard is murdered, Reggie is committed to assisting Veronica in her attempt to preserve John’s dream.
The sequel to Hall of Fame sportswriter Mike Baldwin’s debut novel, Dream Killer is a classic whodunit with numerous twists and turns in a fast-paced story packed with entertaining characters.
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A rich playboy with a big heart gets murdered at a dream camp for underprivileged kids. The race to find out who did it and why and the fight to keep Camp Dream Catcher open is underway in this fast paced novel. I'll be honest the story-line hooked me from the very beginning. While reading I ran across many editing issues such as repeat words and some misspelling of words. It also seems to be repetitive at times. Many times it reintroduces characters that I already knew. This put me off a little. I really did enjoy the story. The idea of a camp to help underprivileged youth is a great heart wrenching read no matter what. It brings to light a very real life and heartbreaking situation and it gives a very positive message. Despite the grammatical issues it was a overall good read....Stormi
I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline caught me, even though I am not a baseball fan. That didn't matter. The enigma that was the dead lifeguard was quite fascinating. Why does no one really know him? What is/was he up to? The main character who oversees the development of the camp is quite something. She is dedicated and extremely resourceful. Quite impressive. My only complaint is that the editor should have caught that basic information was presented multiple times as if it were new.
This is the first book I have read by this author, his previous one has such a fantastic title (Smashed Tater) so I was intrigued by Dream Killer. I didn’t feel as though I missed out by not reading the other one beforehand. I’m a huge fan of all American sports so the cover & blurb grabbed me. Put yourself into the mindset of a youngster going off to camp & you get a vague idea. Being from the UK this holds a certain fascination for me anyway .. this story is cleverly written as a ‘whodunnit’ mixed with the usual teenage angst of hormones etc. Lots of characters make it quite a challenge to remember who is who & it’s told from various view points but once you settle into the rhythm it becomes natural. It’s different from anything I have read before & has enough diversity to keep the reader entertained .. I did like the “someone has shot one of our cows” line .. not something you see in many murder mysteries. Aimed at the YA market but just as enjoyable for an older age group. I would be quite happy to read another of Mike’s books. Thanks to the author & Sage’s Blog Tours for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Hott Review: What I liked: I think Dream Killer is an interesting mystery. It took me a while to feel comfortable in the story, and I never felt like I was a part of it, but I couldn’t seem to stop reading it either. I needed to know how things turned out. I appreciated that even with the attention to detail there wasn’t anything gory or explicit. Christianity is a big player in Dream Killer. Though it’s not what the book – or the camp – is about, it’s pretty clear and actually has more Christian references than some “Christian Fiction” I’ve read. Dream Killer is by no means a Christian Fiction cozy nor are there any “sermons”, but there are references. Of course, there are also gay characters and a drunken party, so we’ve got a bit of something for everyone. What I didn’t like: There are a LOT of players in Dream Killer. I really had a rough time keeping them straight. Plus I felt like the storyline and things I already knew were explained to me too frequently. Besides those and a few odd grammar/punctuation choices, I enjoyed Dream Killer. If you love sports and light mysteries, Dream Killer is the book for you! More… Author: Mike Baldwin Source: I received an ARC from Mike Baldwin in exchange for an honest review. Publisher & Date: November 14th 2015 by Smashwords Edition Genre: New Adult, Mystery ISBN: 9781495182853 Pages: 250 Grade: C Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Camp Dream Catcher, Kansas
[ I received this book free from the author requesting an honest review . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] " One of her favorite lines was: “Failure isn’t an option, merely an opportunity to discover a solution.” This is a book about a dream. Quake Jenson's outreach legacy will change how some impoverished children see it, and their role within it. Quake died in a senseless act of violence and willed his family farm to see Camp Dream Catcher happen. His agent, Victoria Townsend has worked very hard to open the camp in record time, spending waaaay too much money hiring,in part, more people than are needed and making sure that everything is in place. However, not all things have contingencies in place....when one of her lifeguards is murdered off campus in a locals' home. Now, what do you do? Despite calls to close down the camp, Townsend and her assistant work overtime to keep Camp open and safe so the campers can explore their own dreams all while having fun. Told in what at first was an uncomfortable and slightly redundant style until I figured out what I was seeing was the same scene through differing characters' experience, Dream Killer is a classic whodunit aimed at a YA audience. Older readers might feel uncomfortable with the death and its aftermath. However the "offscreen" violence is rather mild. In Victoria Townsend the reader finds an intelligent arrogance tinged with really wanting to do the "right thing" despite coverups and small town corruption. Over all, Mike Baldwin's first foray into mystery is a great read and highly recommended.