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The Manager's Daughter
by Matthew Kastel

With an unsavory reputation and sex appeal in spades, underage Fran Mullen, the daughter of the tyrannical manager of a minor league baseball team, is found brutally raped and murdered in the dugout before a game. A local suspect who is employed by the team is tried and released, much to the consternation of the local community who are convinced of his guilt.

Twenty-five years later an idealistic young reporter with career ambitions and a passing resemblance to Fran makes an outrageous claim: Fran Mullen is still alive! The reporter plans to do a major story on this wild revelation revealing new evidence. As the allegation ripples through a small minor league baseball town, ex-players, front office personnel and even Fran’s own father have reasons to fear her improbable return. Everyone dismisses the claim that Fran is alive, but when people start dying there is no denying that something is horribly wrong.

Nine Inning Murder
by Matthew Kastel

Twenty years ago Kevin Jenkins was a fresh Ivy League grad working for the bush league Westernport Keystones. Kevin was determined to work his way up the ranks and become the next big hotshot executive in Major League Baseball. That dream died in a gritty Central Pennsylvania minor league baseball stadium when his boss and tormentor, Rick Munster, died violently in his arms. Blackballed from baseball by the taint of questions arising from Munster's death, Kevin was destined for career purgatory.

Two decades later after a cryptic letter is read at the funeral of Wally Northrop, a friend and former confederate from his short lived professional baseball career, Kevin begins to suspect Wally didn't die from natural causes, and dark tentacles from their past had caught up with him. Back in Westernport for the first time since Rick Munster's killing, Kevin tries to resurrect his moribund career, while at the same time piecing together Wally's murder. With an eccentric cast of characters working for the Westernport Keystones, Kevin begins to suspect all the employees had motives to do away with Wally and now fears one of them has their sights on him.

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