Book Review: Kick Ball Slay by Doug Dorsey

“… I might even be a monster… but not the type you must see me as…”

Doug Dorsey, Kick Ball Slay

Title: Kick Ball Slay: An Introduction to West Coast Swing… AND a Murder Mystery
Series: West Coast Swing (Book 1)
Author: Doug Dorsey
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 327 (Paperback)
Published: March 22nd, 2022

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 1/11/2023 – 1/15/2023


Full of suspense, heart, and intrigue, Kick Ball Slay is the perfect murder mystery with charming characters and a strong start to a new series.

A gifted detective, Evann Myrick is tasked with solving a series of murders connected to the West Coast Swing competition. The murders don’t stop because someone is on the case. The killer seems to be one step ahead of Evann no matter what. His work is cut out for him with so many possible suspects.

This is the second book by Doug Dorsey I’ve read and I enjoyed it as much as The Betrayal despite the different genres. It’s a testament to the quality of the writing. I love mysteries that make me think and can only come up with a hunch as to who’s done it at best. The dance element also added a lot of character. Top-notch!

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Excellent pacing. There was never a dull moment and nothing dragged.
  • Great characters. Evann was especially rich and the backstory with his wife added a lot of emotion to the book.
  • A unique setting (at least compared to other mysteries I’ve read).
  • The spiritual element.

What I didn’t like:

  • I had some trouble keeping track of the characters, but that’s probably on me right now.


I’m officially hooked on Doug Dorsey’s books. I’m looking forward to continuing this series as well as the previous one I started. It’s especially fun that the genres are different.

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