Staged 4 Murder–review

This is the third book in one of my favorite newer series, Sophie Kimball written by husband and wife team of J.C. Eaton  (Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp). If it’s possible, I think they get funnier as they go. There was no shortage of laughs or suspects in this one as the book club ladies took to the stage.

My Goodreads review:

Staged 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #3)Staged 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m caught up reading in this awesome and hilarious series and now I’m just waiting for the fourth book to come out next year!

This book has Phee’s mom Harriet and her book club friends trying out for a local production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” When their main actress (who was also a major pain to work with) was found dead on the theater’s catwalk, there’s no shortage of suspects. As always, Phee was trying to juggle her accounting work at Nate’s office with talking to suspects. At the same time, the new investigator had joined their office. Nate had hired Marshall Gardner, a former detective from the same police department where Phee and Nate worked. Phee always had a secret crush on Marshall, and she was beyond happy to be able to work with him. Among the things they had to deal with were threatening notes left to some of the actresses, and a couple of the ladies swore they even saw the dead woman’s ghost. Nate and Marshall agreed to help and with some extra sleuthing help from an old computer pal, Rolo, they made sure the right person was arrested for the murder.

Boy was I surprised at the murderer! I had no clue, what a great twist at the very end too! I love that Phee and Marshall are in agreement now to get to know one another a little better. Just like in the other books, I found myself laughing like crazy at some of the dialogue with Harriet and her friends. I could just see this playing out on TV. Oh, if you’re reading in order and remember Aunt Ina from the last book, she’s baaack but not till the very end. I loved what Harriet told her when she said she had theater tickets for them all to see “The Mousetrap” in another city.

The end of the book says that the fourth book comes out January 2019. There is also a little preview section on the upcoming second book in the author’s Wine Trail series.

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