Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Mystery – Mistaken Identity: Death On The Cable Car ( Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 4) by James J. Cudney

Delighted to share my review for James J. Cudney and A Braxton Campus Mysteries Book #4.. Mistaken Identity Crisis: Death On The Cable Car  

About Mistaken Identity Crisis

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. Meanwhile, a string of jewelry thefts, remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old-case, is taking place in town.

When a body is discovered at the campus, Kellan is called in to investigate. And if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud.

As the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County, what other surprises are in store?

My review for Mistaken Identity

This is the fourth of the Braxton Campus mysteries by James J. Cudney that I have enjoyed, and it very much feels like a much anticipated family reunion.

The author has cleverly added new characters and story lines in each successive book so as not to overwhelm the reader, and this fourth mystery has plenty of new interesting players and plots to keep us coming back for more.  And should you be concerned that you might not be able to keep up with the new characters, there is a very helpful list of the cast members and their roles in the front of the book.

Kellan Ayrwick is kept very busy in this book and is stretched thin between his job as a professor teaching a summer course, supporting his grandmother as she prepares to take office as the new Mayor, solving the mysterious series of robberies eight years previously, now being repeated which appear to implicate his brother, and being the go between for his supposed dead wife Francesca’s mob family and their mafia rivals.

Apart from trying to discover who murdered the contractor in the cable car, there are also secrets from the past that if revealed are going to impact the lives of those close to Kellan.

Luckily he has now formed a working relationship with the sheriff April Montague, although there is a promise of something more personal always lingering in the background. Also his friend Connor Hawkins formerly campus security but now a detective on the force is there as a back up and source of information. However with all the action going on and worry about his daughter’s safety, he is getting plenty of sleepless nights.

This is the most complex of the mysteries to date and certainly several new faces to get to know . I do recommend that you read the first three books in the series so that you hit the deck running with Mistaken Identity, or at least familiarise yourself with the cast list before reading the book. I have no idea where the next book will take us but I am looking forward to finding out.

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A selection of other books by James J. Cudney

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About James J. Cudney

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website:

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Connect to James J. Cudney

Website and Blog:

I hope you have enjoyed my review and will head over and read the Braxton Campus Mysteries for yourself, along with the other books by James J. Cudney. Thanks Sally.

28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Mystery – Mistaken Identity: Death On The Cable Car ( Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 4) by James J. Cudney

  1. Sally,

    I always look forward to your reviews. They are such wonderful summaries and thoughtfully prepared insights that make everyone want to read the book. I’m truly grateful, and I appreciate all you’ve said and done in the past (and today). Haunted House Ghost is even more complex, but I promise I’m trying to keep #6 in check… hehehe… Have a wonderful weekend.


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