Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #1) by J.C. Eaton

Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #1)

Sophie Phee Kimball is not a cop. She s a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate. 

Is her mother just bored and lonely? She does have a new pet a long-haired chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund) for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling). Phee is certain that their book club selection isn t cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies? As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she ll need to read between the lines before it s someone else s final chapter.... 

You ll chuckle all the way through this delightful romp through Sun City West, as Phee and her mother unravel the mystery behind the sudden deaths of several book club members. It s so cleverly written, you won t guess the perpetrators until the very end. Mary Marks, award-winning author of the Quilting Mystery series"  (Summary via Goodreads)

Booked 4 Murder, is the first in a new series by J.C. Eaton and Sophie "Phee" Kimball is the main character.  From the minute you start reading Booked 4 Murder you are along for the ride with Phee and let me tell you it is a crazy ride !!

Phee, like any loving daughter, will do what she can to help her mother...even if the idea presented is absolutely crazy !  Phee's mother, Harriet, is in a book club and the book they are currently reading has a curse on it !!  And Harriet wants Phee to drop everything and go to Arizona (Phee lives in Minnesota) and investigate the curse.  Even though Phee works at the local police department, she is far from being a cop.  She works in the accounts receivable department.

But it doesn't matter what Phee says, she finds herself sweating it out in Arizona taking demands from her over barring mother to solve the unexplained deaths of the members of the book club reading the "cursed" book.

Luckily Phee has a friend and co-worker back home, Nate, that she bounces ideas and theories off of and even gets helps with some of the clues she uncovers.

Everything falls apart and becomes a three-ring circus when the book club has their next meeting.  All the local news are in attendance as well as CNN and even a psychic from a reality show is there !!  While Phee begins to explain how the book is not cursed and how she can prove it, things start to get out of hand.....

This was such a fun book and a great start for a new series !!!  Highly recommend is a nice easy read, as long as you can handle Phee's mother you will be fine.

Review by Missi S.

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