I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on June 27th 2017
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Also by this author: Ditched 4 Murder, Staged 4 Murder , Botched 4 Murder , Molded 4 Murder , A Riesling to Die , Chardonnayed to Rest , Pinot Red or Dead? , Sauvigone for Good , Dressed Up 4 Murder, Broadcast 4 Murder, Railroaded 4 Murder
Never judge a book by its cover...
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"
“I’m telling you, Phee, they were all murdered. Murdered by reading that book.”
Here is what I thought
With that first line and what came next I knew I was going to enjoy this cozy and I did! It was a lot of fun.
Phee isn’t a cop but she does work for the Mankato Police Department as an accountant. Her mother seems to think that means she can solve a case. Her mom calls her frantic about how four members of her book club have died after reading or while in the middle of reading it. She just knows the book is cursed and needs Phee to come out and figure out what is happening.
Phee’s police friend Nate thinks that there must be something going on and talks her into going a checking things out. He figures that if she can figure out all their accounting and papers that surely she could do a bit of sleuthing. So Phee goes and she does notice that there are some strange things going on. Though a couple of the deaths might have been just accidents the other ones it seemed could have had a little help and then there is the near death of another one. At times she wants to give up as she doesn’t think she is getting anywhere but she keeps going as her mom won’t let her give up.
Nate also helps her by having someone he knows look into the book and giving her some advice.
I love how she tried to do a Miss Marple or Poirot type finally and how it didn’t go as planned and it’s pretty funny. If you love cozies you really need to try this one.
I really liked Phee, she doesn’t pretend to know what she is doing while trying to sleuth and a lot of the times she just accidentally comes by the information or finds something. She really thought she was never going to figure it and I wasn’t even sure what exactly happened and had to just read to find out so it was a fun mystery. Phee’s mom cracks me up and some of the other secondary characters were fun too.
I can’t wait to try the next one and see what kind of trouble Phee gets into.
Recommend if you like
Cozy mysteries, laugh out loud moments, and fun characters.