Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
About Molded 4 Murder
Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
5th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B07L2FJ1PN
A view to a kiln …
Sophie “Phee” Kimball enjoys working as a bookkeeper for a private investigator. If only her mother Harriet could enjoy her retirement at Sun City West in Arizona—instead of constantly getting involved with retirees being prematurely put out to pasture. This time Quentin Dussler, a prominent member of the clay sculpting club, was found dead, clutching a piece of paper scrawled with Phee’s mother’s name.
Terrified she’s been targeted by assassins, Harriet begs Phee to investigate. What Phee uncovers is a complicated scheme that only the most diabolical of murderers would ever devise. And as she chisels away at confusing clues and potential suspects, Phee unearths something far more precious and valuable than she could imagine. Eager for answers, she takes a bold step—placing herself in the crosshairs of a stonefaced killer …
About the Authors
Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) was released in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) was released in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.
Who’s in the Spotlight in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries?
The Sophie Kimball Mysteries are set in Sun City West, Arizona, a place near and dear to us since we live here! We never intended to use our “home base” as the playground for murder mysteries, but the longer we lived here, the more we realized that this senior community was exactly the right spot for our series.
Other venues would be hard pressed to find as many activities, clubs, programs, exercise groups, self-awareness groups, and community outreach organizations as this small municipality, located twenty miles northwest of Phoenix, has. For cozy mystery writers, it’s a boon! We don’t have to look any further than our own backyard to find just the right place to stage a murder and craft the “whodunit” that accompanies it.
Consequently, we choose to focus on different clubs and locations within Sun City West with each novel that we write. To add to the fun, we select a different character to take center stage from the small circle of book club ladies and pinochle players, who are introduced early on in our series.
With the exception of the first novel, BOOKED 4 MURDER, which introduced readers to the Sun City West senior retirement community, each subsequent novel focuses on a few different clubs, activities and/or places. Here goes:
BOOKED 4 MURDER: Dog Park, RH Johnson Pool, Bingo, Sun City West Library, local restaurants, local streets, Sun City Library, Posse Office, Stardust Theater, and local independent living complexes.
DITCHED 4 MURDER: Local restaurants, Sun City West and Sun City Grand, White Tanks Regional Park, Dog Park, Surprise restaurants
STAGED 4 MURDER: Stardust Theater, Kunetz Rec Center, RH Johnson Bowling Alley, Dog Park, Surprise restaurants
BOTCHED 4 MURDER: Bocce courts, Hillcrest Golf Course, RH Johnson Social Hall, Dog Park
MOLDED 4 MURDER: Clay and ceramic clubs, local independent living facility, Sun City West restaurants and neighborhoods, Dog Park, Beardsley Rec Center. Geocaching DRESSED UP 4 MURDER: Dog Park, Phoenix restaurants, Sun City West neighborhoods Release date – March 2020
BROADCAST 4 MURDER: Broadcast club, Pickleball Club, Creative Stitchers, Rip ‘N Sew, Men’s club, euchre club, Dog Park, Beardsley Rec Center Release date TBD
RAILROADED 4 MURDER: Model Railroad Club, Rhythm Tappers, Dog Park, club rooms, RH Johnson Social Hall, Beardsley Rec Center Release date TBD
We also select new and different locations for our fictional murders. Our neighbors have gotten used to the fact that we often pull the car over by golf courses, outcrops, scenic berms, and cul de sacs in case something “jumps out at us.”
The downside to our enthusiasm is the fact that people who don’t know us are sometimes aghast when they overhear us in restaurants and coffee shops speaking about the best methods to commit a murder. And once, when Ann took out the handy guide to poisons that she keeps in her bag, the woman at the other table all but keeled over.
And while we do reference real places, we also create fictionalized ones in keeping with the story. Above all, we want to keep our readers laughing and guessing as they turn the pages of our whodunits. And where else, but in Sun City West?
Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J.C. Eaton
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