In Search of a Genre

Early readers and reviewers of Let’s Play Ball seem confused by its lack of a clear-cut genre. Seems it would be easier to “get” if the novel knew from the start exactly what it was─chicklit, or crime mystery, or baseball tale, or political satire, instead of dabbling in all of these.
So what is it, really? I got somewhat nailed for failing to allow the main characters, two squabbling fraternal twin sisters, to be the ultimate crime-solvers. But at least they tried─and in the process, they more or less settled their own conflicts. So I guess that makes the book more chicklit than crime mystery. Plus, there are catfights galore among some highly-placed political women.
So admittedly, it gets a bit confusing. But isn’t life like that?