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.Ditched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on November 28th 2017
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Also by this author: Booked 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
She's handling a bridezilla--and hunting a killer . . .
Moving from Minnesota to Arizona was a big change for Sophie "Phee" Kimball. She's much closer to her mother's retirement community now--which can drive her a little crazy, but at least her mom, Harriet, has her book club and her chiweenie dog, Streetman, to keep her company. And now there's even more activity, with Aunt Ina's upcoming wedding. The seventy-four-year-old bride has roped Phee into working on the tent, the pastries, and even her headpiece in preparation for the ceremony. But it's Harriet who really gets demanding when a dead body turns up yards from her front door.
Aunt Ina's fiance is acquainted with the victim--a local millionaire restaurateur murdered at the golf course. Working for a private investigator, Phee is drawn into the case--not just professionally but personally, since Harriet is in a panic about her safety. With a killer on the loose, Phee vows to figure out the plot--that is, if her side job as a wedding planner doesn't kill her first . . .
“Listen to your mother for once, Phee. Hold off on turning on that air conditioner. You should wait as long as you can so you don’t pay a fortune to those utility companies.”
Here is what I thought
J.C. Eaton (husband and wife team) has fast become one of my new favorite cozy mystery authors, their books are so fun to read!
Sophie “Phee” Kimball has officially moved to Arizona to work for her friend Nate who has retired as a cop and now working as a private investigator. Phee does the bookkeeping for him as well as answer the phone when their part-time secretary isn’t in and she doesn’t mind it at all except for the heat.
The only bad part is that she lives so close to her eccentric mother and her Booked 4 Murder club friends. She also lives close to her Aunt Ina who is planning her wedding. Who knew there could be a 76 year old bridzilla but Phee gets rapped up in doing things for her aunt. It starts out with picking out the desserts, then the tent and just keeps piling on but that isn’t the only thing because of course murder has to be thrown in there as well.
It starts out with Nate getting a job helping the police because of a suspicious death that ends up being near Phee’s mother so of course she calls frantic cause there is a killer on the loose, then the owner of the restaurant that her aunt picked gets killed and it is looking suspicious too. If that is not bad it seems her aunts fiance knew both victims and has disappeared.
Nate is real busy with his workload and they he has to try and find Louis so when Phee gets some information she does a little sleuthing herself and finds out a lot of information.
The characters in this series just crack me up! I like Phee but she is very much the bumbling detective and will admit that she is not a good investigator and doesn’t really want to be one either but gets roped into it by her mother. I like Nate, he is a good friend to Sophie and a good investigator. It’s all the other characters that I love! Harriet and her book club friends are so much fun and always getting into some sort of mess, especially with this wedding.
The wedding! I laughed so hard towards the end when the wedding happens cause of course things don’t go according to plan. The bat scene alone had me laughing because it reminded me of a friends story about a bat. 🙂
It has a really good mystery and I pretty much had most of it figured out. I kept waiting for Phee to figure out who one was cause I got it pretty easily, the other murder I kept going back and forth on. Since Nate is overloaded with work he is bringing in a new investigator and I am thinking maybe some sparks will fly with him and Phee, since she has had a crush on him for a while. Can’t wait to get the next one and find out!!
If you haven’t tried Booked 4 Murder (the first book) then you really need too, although you can read this one as a stand alone but the first one sets up things rather nicely and it’s so funny!
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