Authors Showcase: The Third Fan by Renee Pawlish
May 4, 2015
The Author: Renee Pawlish
The Story: Reed Ferguson returns in another page-turner mystery set in the world of professional baseball.
When Charlie Preston, second baseman for the Colorado Rockies, is suspected of murdering his best friend, Pete Westhaven, he turns to Denver private investigator Reed Ferguson for help. Reed believes in Charlie’s innocence, so he takes the case. But as Reed digs into the murder victim’s past, he quickly finds himself ensnared in the clandestine underworld of illegal steroids. As the lists of suspects grows, Reed battles not only to solve the crime, but also to save the person he loves most.
All of Reed’s pals are back in this humorous tale with a clever homage to film noir.
This is great for fans who love a fast-paced, humorous read, without a lot of swearing or sex.
Here are some early reviews:
The Third Fan is another winner in the consistently outstanding Reed Ferguson mystery series. Renee Pawlish’s main objective in her books seems to me to be to afford people the opportunity to have fun reading books, and, if that’s true, she never fails to accomplish this.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this and any of the other books by this author as she is quite talented at telling an engaging story.
The plot is a mystery without any gimmicks. As the book progresses and more clues are uncovered you will enjoy the feeling that you can solve the crime … of course you might be wrong.
Review by Suzanne S. Barnhill:
In close to 65 years of reading novels, I’ve come to specialize in detective stories. I do read some mainstream novels and a good bit of nonfiction (especially biography and autobiography), but what I mostly like is whodunits (see http://wordsintotype.mvps.org/DetectiveNovel.pdf). And the mysteries I like best are those with continuing characters whose lives are often more interesting than the cases they solve. There’s not a huge amount of character development in Pawlish’s Reed Ferguson novels, but there is some progression. Reed, Willie, Detective Sarah Spillman, and the “Goofball Brothers,” Ace and Deuce, are a good ensemble cast.
The series also has a strong sense of place. Although I’m not familiar with the Denver area, I imagine that, for those who are, references to actual places make the series more interesting, as they can picture the protagonists in familiar surroundings.
The plot development is straightforward, without too many red herrings, and the resolution is well worked out. Few detective story plots are entirely believable (especially in books with a dose of humor), but that’s why they’re in novels and not the newspaper!
Review by HappyMom:
The Third Fan is another winner in the consistently outstanding Reed Ferguson mystery series.
Renee Pawlish’s main objective in her books seems to me to be to afford people the opportunity to have fun reading books, and, if that’s true, she never fails to accomplish this.
The Ferguson series books are just a blast to read…great stories, diverse characters that I really care about, and more humor than I’ve found in books of this genre by any other author. They are a breeze to read, and are truly mysteries, without being confusing, convoluted, or implausible.
I enjoy them as much (more, really) than much higher priced books by more well known authors (Cussler, Patterson, Coban, etc).
If you read for fun, and you like mysteries, you’ll enjoy this series of books.