This week I received advance reader copies of my next mystery novel titled, Court Trouble, a Platform Tennis Mystery. I have played platform tennis for the last twenty years, love the sport and wanted to incorporate it into a mystery novel. The result will be published July 20, 2016.
I enjoyed setting a mystery in the world of platform tennis. It’s a racquet sport played with a paddle and specially designed ball. The court is a third the size of a tennis court and surrounded by a wire mesh fence. The rules are similar to tennis except you only have one serve and you can play the ball off the fence (like in racquetball) after the ball has hit the court (you can’t hit the fence first). It’s a great doubles game for players of all ages.
In Court Trouble when Mark Yeager’s friend is bludgeoned to death in the dark on a platform tennis court, Mark becomes an amateur sleuth to find which of the four suspects is the murderer. Avoiding attempts on his life, he must crack the case and figure out how to save the courts from being shut down by the city while waiting for doctor’s results on whether he is cancer-free after his bout with prostate cancer.