I have read some amazing books in the last two years and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.
We all tend to focus on the books we are currently marketing, but particularly in the case of series it is a good idea to promote earlier books to encourage readers to start at the beginning.
Today my review from November 2019 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 November 2019
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.
Also by 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 began working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment, media, retail, and hospitality industries. Although I enjoy my job, I also want to re-focus on my passions: telling stories and connecting people through literature.
In 2017, I published my debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. The sequel, Hiding Cracked Glass, released exactly three years later in 2020. I’ve also written another family drama novel, Father Figure, and created the Braxton Campus Mysteries, a light investigation series about a humorous thirty-something guy dealing with murders and the drama of a small town. I am currently co-authoring a book with a surprise writer and finalizing the next Braxton Campus Mystery, both set to be released in early to mid 2021.
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 This is my truth now, 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?
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed this review from 2019. I have read the other books in the series and can highly recommend. Thanks Sally.