Saddled Up 4 Murder review

This is the ninth book in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series by J.C. Eaton aka husband and wife team of Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp. I love that they actually live in Sun City West, AZ and know firsthand what it’s like to live there from the weather to the neighbors and tourists.

I’ve learned more about them from being in a Facebook cozy mystery group they’re part of, but you can read their bio in the link above. I’ve read a couple books in their Wine Trail Mysteries series and really like those characters too.


My Goodreads review:

Saddled Up 4 Murder (A Sophie Kimball Mystery, #9)Saddled Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always end up laughing when I read a book in this series. Between the book club ladies and that little scamp Streetman, I’m always giggling at something! I can just picture Phee running around like she’s putting out fires first with the ladies, then her mom, and having to deal with Streetman’s just the icing on the cake, well for comedy reasons, not for Phee’s sanity, lol.

I wasn’t sure how horse thefts and the murder at hand connected, but I was pretty sure I was gonna find out because these authors are great at tying up loose ends and making things connect just right. I loved how Streetman got to play a pretty important part in one section of the takedown. He’s such a stinker but it’s good he’s like that sometimes! I hadn’t guessed the killer either. Ann and Jim are always good for a great surprise.

I know the series switched publishers, but I’m so happy the covers remained fairly the same. While the art looks a touch different, it’s still captured the cuteness and rascally-ness of Streetman as well as the Arizona landscape. I literally can’t wait until a future book with Phee’s wedding, but I’m really more eager to see what Streetman does. I’m sure his picture on the cover’s going to be awesome since Harriet’s already got his outfit planned. If it was ever possible to feel like a second fiddle at your own wedding, I have a feeling Phee’s gonna feel like that, lol. But it’ll be such fun!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

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Botched 4 Murder review

This is the fourth book in the Sophie Kimball series written by husband and wife team J.C Eaton aka Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp. They live in Sun City West, AZ themselves, so I love that the stories they tell are what they picture as far as scenery, weather and people every day. The series has quickly become one of my favorites. I get kick out of little Streetman, Harriet Plunkett’s chiweenie. Harriet conveniently likes to blame him for things that aren’t so convenient for others, like when she shows up early and Phee wasn’t expecting her. I’m really anxious for the next book that comes in September. Then the next one will be in February!

My Goodreads review:

Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #4)Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this series! I have to admit I was drawn in by the cute dachshund on the book covers, but I fell quickly for the characters. And these characters are something else! I like to think of them as old friends I’m going back to visit, yep even Phee’s mom Harriet. She’s such a hoot! Once again, Phee was drawn into the drama that was her mother’s retirement village life and ended up investigating not one but two murders, one of which was a high-profile murder–Phee felt sure there was a connection of some type. After a narrow escape with a killer, Phee was just grateful to be around and attended the meeting of the Sun City West issue that had started all of this. Her boss Nate and gentleman friend Marshall always seem to have the most extreme patience with Phee and her investigating by herself…and they are saints in the making when it comes to putting up with her mom and all her friends lol. I’m just happy that Marshall and Phee found one another.

I can’t wait for the next book coming in September! I saw the cover for another one on the author’s new website too.

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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. EatonĀ  (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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