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Picking up this little mystery was worthwhile even though I’ve only been to Fenway Park on one occasion. Fear at Fenway is a well-crafted mystery with a set-up that allowed the author to use the voice of the narrator to express his love of baseball, old and new (with a preference for the old). Written in 1993, it was published a decade before the Red Sox finally broke the “Curse of the Bambino” (2004) and it is saturated with an acute understanding of the cursed mentality faced by fans of franchises beleaguered by the inability to win the championship (like the Cubs and pre-2004 Red Sox). In Fear at Fenway, a retired sportswriter who now works on occasional assignments for the commissioner of baseball, is invited to an Old Timer’s Day at Fenway. The festivities start with a murder in the clubhouse, continue with a homicide on the field, and maneuver through a deadly car chase before adding swan dives into the netting behind home plate and the strangling of one of the main suspects. None of the characterizations seem to have much depth. The “red herring” suspect that yours truly wanted to choose as the guilty party doesn’t seem physically capable of perpetrating the crime. The love interest(s) prove to have different agendas than those of the protagonist(s) and there doesn’t seem to be any “there” in their psyches, either.The actual murderer was fairly obvious to me from the early pages forward. Even as “red herrings” pointed other directions, it seemed most likely that my suspect would prove to be the perpetrator of the crimes. But watching Evers point toward one “red herring” after another offered the same kind of fascination as watching a sleight-of-hand artist up close. You’re pretty sure he or she is doing something you can’t see, but you keep failing to actually see the move. In this case, I saw the “gaffe,” but I was still entertained.Still, the list of possible suspects was complex and intriguing. Was it the female sportswriter for The Globe who had already sued the Red Sox because of over-exposure in the locker room? Was it the leader of a rival syndicate formed to purchase the Red Sox? Was it the current owner (and widow of a former owner) of the Red Sox in trying to stem multiple hostile takeovers? Was it the son of a former head groundskeeper who died soon after being “let go” by the Sox? Was it one of the two space cadets whose antics in the book make the historical idiosyncrasies of Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Mark “The Bird” Fidrych seem tame in comparison? Was it a longsuffering Red Sox fan who felt that the players, past and present, owed him or her a championship? Evers has given us a plethora of suspects. It’s just too bad that he perfectly handles the New England tendency to keep one’s business to oneself because a lot of opportunities for exposition were missed.My main quibble with the book has to do with voice. Evers is careful to keep the point-of-view with the narrator (protagonist/detective/ex-sportswriter Duffy House) in first-person narrative. The problem is that Duffy has a very attractive niece who assists him on his cases and the narrative sequences involving the niece are, of necessity, second-hand pieces. As narrator, he tells us what she told him. But, even though I was intensely interested in her side of the investigation, this approach didn’t work for me. It was like eating day-old bread when you expected the fresh stuff.Bottom line: I wouldn’t turn away from another Duffy House mystery, but I won’t go out of my way to find one, either.

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