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Newton author pens baseball mysteries

Posted by Sarah Thomas  April 1, 2011 10:59 AM

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Newton author David A. Kelly has published two installments of a new book series involving mysteries set in famous baseball parks.

Kelly will read from "The Fenway Foul-Up," the first book in his "Ballpark Mysteries" series at Newtonville Books on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m.

The series, which is aimed at readers age 6-9, follows the adventures of cousins Mike and Kate as they visit a major league ballpark, watch a game, and solve a mystery. Being a Red Sox fan, Kelly set the first book at Fenway.

The second book of the series, "The Pinstripe Ghost," (about the New York Yankees,) has also been published. Each book also includes facts about the ballpark in which the story is set.

"When our sons were in first and second grade and fell in love with baseball and mystery books, Dave realized there was no series that combined baseball and mysteries," said Kelly's wife, Alice. "So he created the series, and now, several years later, the first two books have been published. Three more are on their way soon."

Kelly is also the author of "Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse," a book for beginning readers about the Red Sox.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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