“Rawlings turns double plays and solves murders with equal grace.” – Publishers Weekly
Mickey Rawlings is Back!
The Roaring Twenties: America is dancing to jazz, gangsters are selling bootleg liquor, and the New York Yankees are building a baseball dynasty. In 1923, Yankee Stadium opens and Babe Ruth is about to lead the team to its first world’s championship. But the promising season gets off to an ominous start when the body of a murdered bootlegger is found buried in the new ballpark. Utility infielder Mickey Rawlings, in his first year with the Yankees, is called to investigate and soon gets caught in the crossfire of rival gangsters. The Tomb That Ruth Built is the seventh in Troy Soos’s acclaimed Mickey Rawlings baseball mystery series.
“Troy Soos captures the period perfectly.” – Lawrence Ritter, author of The Glory of Their Times
Praise for Troy Soos and the Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mysteries:
“Baseball and mystery team up for a winner.” – USA Today (on Murder at Fenway Park)
“Full of life.” – New York Times (on Hanging Curve)
“An entertaining double play. . . The plot will appeal to mystery fans, baseball purists will appreciate Soos’s attention to detail.” – Orlando Sentinel (on Hunting a Detroit Tiger)
“Well-judged period background (including a winsome role for Casey Stengel) enlivens a solid mystery.” – Kirkus Reviews (on Murder at Ebbets Field)
“A richly atmospheric journey through time.” – Booklist
“Soos deftly weaves fictional characters with legends.” – Houston Chronicle
“Troy Soos does a red-letter job of mixing the mystery into a period when all baseball was played on fields that had real grass.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Tough and terrific.” – New York Daily News
“A perfect marriage between baseball and mystery fiction.” – Mystery Readers Journal
“You don’t have to be a baseball fan to love this marvelous historical series.” – Meritorious Mysteries
“Equal parts baseball and mystery are the perfect proportion.” – Robert B. Parker
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This is an excellent series. I am thrilled to see it continue. When will it be in a print? Right now it is only in a nook book.
very disappointing if I can't get this book in Hard Copy. I do not have a kindle. Can I or when can I purchase this book in hard copy? Help. thanks
Another great book in the continuing Mickey Rawlings series. As usual, this book has a really interesting story line where the reader learns about 1920's baseball, politics, and society. Soos brings in another character from his other mystery/detective/history series as well. A nice , and welcome touch. I highly recommend the book and any of Mr. Soos's novels.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars (outstanding) Review: Mickey Rawlings, the utility infielder who is as adept at solving a murder as he is at fielding a scorching line drive, is back in the seventh installment of the Mickey Rawlings Murder Series by Troy Soos. This time, Mickey is now a New York Yankee at the start of the 1923 season and while he and girlfriend Margie are settling in the Bronx, there is a gruesome discovery at the site of the brand new Yankee Stadium. The body of a bootlegger has been found under the site and the team owner wants Mickey to help solve the crime. There are a few reasons why: one is that the victim was a former teammate of Rawlings, the owner doesn’t want the bad publicity and since Rawlings’ roommate is Babe Ruth, it also becomes Mickey’s job to be sure the Babe doesn’t get implicated in this as well. If this sounds complicated, it really isn’t while reading the book. As with the other books in this series, Soos does a terrific job of weaving detailed and rich baseball scenes with the grittiness required when Rawlings needs to ask questions or might find himself needing to protect not only himself but Margie as well. It should be noted that this book can be read as a stand-alone as well as any of the others in the series. Soos does describe enough about the characters so those readers who did not read the earlier books won’t be missing key details, yet it doesn’t repeat so many items that those who have read all of them won’t be skipping over those parts. That is not easy to do when writing a series, but Soos does so masterfully. Not only is the baseball realistic, but so are the characters and sites that are set in the 1920’s. Prohibition was the big topic during the time frame of this novel and the reader feels like he or she is right there in the speak-easies with the characters. The descriptions of the scenes and the dialogue are realistic for the time frame and Soos’s writing shows that he is quite knowledgeable of that era as well. Any baseball fan or fan of murder mysteries will enjoy this outstanding tale that is equal parts baseball and mystery. I will to thank Mr. Soos for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Did I skim? No Were the characters realistic? Yes. Soos’s main characters in each of these novels, Mickey and Margie, are portrayed in a manner that the reader will be able to connect with them. Soos’s baseball knowledge and research are very helpful in making Mickey’s character believable as a major league baseball player. The other characters are not portrayed in an over the top manner so they are realistic as well. Pace of the story: Excellent Do I recommend? Yes. Baseball fans and murder mystery fans alike will enjoy the latest Mickey Rawlings saga.