Local author releases sports murder mystery

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 19, 2019

 In April, Macomb Township author Tony Aued released his ninth novel, “Bottom of the Ninth.” It’s a sports murder mystery set at Comerica Park in Detroit, the home of the Detroit Tigers, and details a future Tigers superstar who is found dead at the ballpark.

In April, Macomb Township author Tony Aued released his ninth novel, “Bottom of the Ninth.” It’s a sports murder mystery set at Comerica Park in Detroit, the home of the Detroit Tigers, and details a future Tigers superstar who is found dead at the ballpark.

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Tony Aued has written about death in Detroit before and continues the theme with his new book, “Bottom of the Ninth.”

The 73-year-old Macomb Township author released his ninth novel in April.

It is a sports murder mystery set at Comerica Park in Detroit, the home of the Detroit Tigers, and details a future Tigers superstar who is found dead at the ballpark.

“I wanted to do a sports murder mystery,” Aued said. “I’ve got an interleague series between the Tigers and Braves, and the key thing in the series is the Tigers had just traded their star pitcher to the Braves, kind of mimicking the Justin Verlander trade to Houston.”

The victim in the book, Cleo Landry, from Chicago, was just called up from the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers AAA affiliate, and is found murdered on the field at 2 a.m.

“The book follows a very successful four-book mystery series with two Detroit detectives that worked to uncover a gang operating out of the Eastern Market,” Aued said. “The first book in that series, ‘Murder in Greektown,’ has been very popular, and the three that follow have done very well.”

At the end of “Murder in Greektown,” Aued had his detective retiring and wanted to start with two new detectives.

“I wanted to have a strong female lead character, so in this series, there are two detectives — Samantha Brown and Randy Hudson. Randy is 6’5, 240 pounds and looks like a middle linebacker. Sam Brown is small, petite, blonde and kind of cute.”

It took him about a year to write the 225-page “Bottom of the Ninth” and about five months to edit. It costs $14.95 and is available on Amazon.com; Aued’s website, tonyaued.com; and 2nd & Charles on Utica Park Boulevard in Utica.

Since Comerica Park is a public venue, Aued didn’t need permission from the Tigers or Comerica Park to publish the book.

Aued said two of the books, “Murder in Greektown” and “Greektown Conspiracy,” are Amazon best sellers.

Aued also has written a four-book FBI thriller series that takes place from California to New York with one of the books set along Lake St. Clair. The main character, Blair Adams, is an Iraq War widow who searches for answers in her husband’s death.

“My first series takes place from California to New York and as I was doing local book signings, people said they wished for a book that took place in Detroit,” he said. “You have so many murders here, you should have a lot to write about.”

As part of the book release, Aued has over thirty book signing events set starting with an event at Eastern Market June 9 and a presentation at the Center Line Library June 10. He’s also done book signings in Georgia, Ohio and California.

In 2017, Aued wrapped up his four-book series with “Revenge in the Motor City.”

The former teacher in St. Clair Shores and Detroit said he likes talking to students and helping them with their writing.

Other Aued books include “Blair Adams: The Package,” “Abduction,” “The Vegas Connection,” “The Blame Game” and “Motor City Justice.”