Advance reader reviews of Green Monster by Rick Shefchik.

Green Monster

A Sam Skarda Mystery

By Rick Shefchik

Green Monster
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' rating:

  • Published in USA  Sep 2008,
    306 pages.

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book

Buy This Book

Page 3 of 3
There are currently 19 member reviews
for Green Monster
Order Reviews by:
  • Tracy (Providence RI)

    What You See is What You Get
    This is a moderately entertaining story. It is no more or less than described: a straight forward mystery novel. For me to become fully engaged in the mystery the characters needed more depth, the plot needed more sizzle and I needed to find a reason to care about the outcome. Anyone who enjoys a mystery that plows straight ahead, who likes sports - especially the Boston Red Sox and who doesn't want too work to hard will enjoy this book.
  • Barbara (Rockville MD)

    The Green Monster
    Although this was a quick read, I found the mystery to be too predictable and the characters too shallow. The beautiful blond, who is intelligent, in a high-powered job, sexually promiscuous, and every man's dream is such a shop-worn cliché. I saw the twist to the plot and the ending coming three-quarters of the way through. An enjoyable enough beach read for someone interested in the Red Sox, but a real disappointment for anyone interested in a smart and well-written mystery.
  • Ray (Selden NY)

    Curse Of the Bambino - Revisited!
    For sports fans, particularly baseball fans, the idea that the Red Sox's 2004 World Series victory of the Cardinals may have been tainted is intriguing. Could it be that the Red Sox were part of the biggest ruse in sports history? Does this mean the Curse of the Bambino still lives?

    Author/Sportswriter Rick Shefchik explores this fictional concept in his novel, "Green Monster". It is a blend of sports fiction with gumshoe detective novel. The idea and premise are interesting - especially for fans of the Red Sox - but the combination of actual facts/dates with the use of fictional names for all the players involved proved to be distracting and took away from the "reality" of this fictional concept.

    Overall, an interesting read - but nothing special.
  • Gerald (Pompton Lakes NJ)

    Red Sox Nation Under Seige
    Although baseball and the Boston Red Sox are at the heart of this mystery novel, even Yankee fans will enjoy it. You don't even have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the multi-dimension characters and the well written, fast moving plot. This is a quick and very enjoyable read.
  • Norma (Secaucus NJ)

    Green Monster
    I asked to review Green Monster by Rick Shefchik because I am a baseball fan and a mystery book fan. Sam Skarda, a private investigator is asked to investigate a blackmail case involving the Boston Red Sox and the 2004 World Series. The action moves between Minneapolis, Boston, LA and Caracas Venezuela. There is a lot of focus on the history of the Boston Red Sox and the curse of the Bambino. The book moves quickly and is an entertaining read. Some of the plot twists seem a bit unbelievable but the ending of the book provides a nice surprise.
  • Page
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Hyde
    by Daniel Levine
    In Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story ends ...
  • Book Jacket: Shotgun Lovesongs
    Shotgun Lovesongs
    by Nickolas Butler
    Nickolas Butler's debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, follows five life-long friends, now in their mid-...
  • Book Jacket: Gemini
    by Carol Cassella
    How good is Gemini, Carol Cassella's book about a Seattle intensive care physician who becomes ...

First Impressions

Members read and review books ahead
of publication. See what they think
in First Impressions!

Books that
expand your

Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

Find out more.

Book Discussions
Book Jacket

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

Published Apr. 2014

Join the discussion!

Who Said...

A few Books well chosen, and well made use of, will be more profitable than a great confused Alexandrian library

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

P Your O C

and be entered to win..

Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.