The Fungo Society (Quick Mystery #1)

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Jeff Stanger

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Jonathan Quick is a dealer in sports relics, hired to help solve a mystery by a group of old ballplayers. He gets caught up in a hilarious quest to avenge their friend's death and find a missing but valuable piece of sports history.



Short Summary

Quick is hired by the Fungo Society to solve their friend's murder. He decides that they are wrong and the player killed himself. So, why doesn’t Quick walk away? Because he’s stumbled into two of his greatest weakness: a missing but valuable relic and an irresistible woman.

Quick is forced to help the FBI nail the drug kingpin smuggling narcotics inside jersey display cases, escapes a shootout with the Ruth jersey intact, and manages to help the Fungo Society take revenge on the man who pushed their friend to take his own life.


Phoenix, AZ Indianapolis, IN

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Jonathan Quick

Age: 33

Gender: Other

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Sarcastic,Skillful,Masculine,Confident,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Valerie Westergren

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Skillful,Educated,Decisive,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Rainbow Ruben

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Honorable,Funny,Outspoken,Confident,Complex,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Kevin

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Obedient,Clumsy,Educated,Selfless,Skillful

Development Pitch

Jonathan Quick is a sought-after expert in sports relics and a complete failure in relationships. He has a moral code when it comes to relics and a complete lack of one for anything else. He's a modern version of the classic picaresque hero. Quick takes a call from a mysterious group of old ballplayers named the Fungo Society. They’re convinced that one of their own has been murdered and don’t believe the police who have ruled it a suicide. His reputation for finding relics and solving historical mysteries is the reason they have sought him out. They insist he fly to Phoenix, that very evening. He accepts the job, not because he believes them, but because they plan to pay him well. Once in Phoenix, he’s more convinced that they are crazy, but discovers that their friend had some dark secrets, including ties to a drug-smuggling ring. So, why doesn’t Quick walk away? Because he’s stumbled into two of his greatest weakness: a missing but valuable relic and an irresistible woman. The Fungo Society is the first book in the Quick Mystery Series. As such, it would work best as a series or a season of a series. It was the 2016 runner-up for Shelf Unbound’s Best Indie novel. This is a concept that has been successful before on television. The character of Quick was inspired by the Lovejoy Mystery Series which had a successful run of six seasons on British and American television. It is a fresh take on a proven concept for an American audience.

About The Author

Jeff Stanger writes funny novels that usually have the game of baseball as a backdrop. You don't have to be a student of the game or even a fan to enjoy them, however. There is enough mystery, danger, and even romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. His current work includes the Quick Baseball Mystery Series which follows the exploits of a rare baseball memorabilia dealer who always seems to land himself in the middle of a criminal case to be solved. The first installment, The Fungo Society, finds Quick at Spring Training trying to find a rare game-used jersey. Along the way, he meets a group of old ballplayers named the Fungo Society. Think Bull Durham meets Grumpy Old Men meets Oceans 11! The Fungo Society was Shelf Unbound's Runner-Up for Best Indie Book of the Year. In addition, Stanger has written Trolley Dodgers which follows the Midwest college town of Bloomington, IN as they try to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also wrote Kansaska, a funny look back at the semi-pro minor leagues of the 1940s. Stanger lives and writes in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with writing, he is a member of the faculty at The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a nonprofit consultant.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Blue Trolley Press

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1939579010