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.Railroaded 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Series: Sophie Kimball #8
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on August 24, 2021
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Also by this author: Booked 4 Murder, 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
While planning her wedding, Sophie Phee Kimball gets sidetracked by the murder of a model train enthusiast...
Phee's marriage to Marshall Gregory promises to be the wedding of the year in Arizona's Sun City West--that is, if you ask her mother Harriet. But before she can walk down the aisle, it looks like she has to solve one more murder. At a model train exhibit, Phee, Harriet, and their beloved Chiweenie, Streetman, discover the body of Sun City West's railroad club president, with an incriminating tap shoe near his lifeless corpse.
Wilbur Maines may have loved model trains but apparently he was not a model husband. There are rumors of affairs with hot-to-trot hobbyists the Choo-Choo Chicks. The police suspect his wife--and Harriet's friend--Roxanne, who dances with the Rhythm Tappers, but Phee's mom is convinced they're on the wrong track. Before the poor woman is railroaded into spending the rest of her life behind bars, Phee, Harriet, and the book club ladies will need to do some fancy footwork, infiltrate the dance group, and find the real culprit before the killer leaves the station...
Here is what I thought
Everything was going great for Sophie as her and Marshall’s wedding plans are going well, even if Harriet, Sophie’s mom, wants Streetman in the wedding. Then she gets a call from her mother telling her she needs her to get down to the model train exhibit because Cecilia thinks she has discovered a dead body. Sophie wants to know why she doesn’t call the Posse (volunteer police for the retirement community), but it seems that maybe Cecilia has called them a few times before, so Harriet makes Sophie come down to check it out and sure enough this time Cecilia did indeed run across a body. It happens to be the president of the model railroad group.
Before you know it Harriet has Sophie in the middle of another murder investigation even though her boss and fiance are the actual privite investigators. Harriet ropes Sophie into helping with Operation Agatha when the victims wife is accused of the murder and they don’t believe she did it. Harriet has decided they should infultrate the model railroad group because they heard that Wilbur was having an affair with a Choo Choo Chick (Yes, you read that right…lol), and since Roxanne, the wife, is part of the Rhythme Tappers, they talk Cecilia into signing up since she has had tap dancing classes (when she was a kid).
Just imagine all the fun and hilarious things that ensue with all of that going on and poor Sophie is in the middle of it all. They do find out a lot about Wilbur and it seems that there might not have been a Choo Choo Chick that he didn’t lip lock with and so the suspects are plenty!
This book had me laughing so much I loved it! This series is in my top ten favorite cozy series and this one didn’t dissappoint! Though at times Harriet can be a bit much, she still makes me laugh and you would think Streetman was more than just a little dog when you hear her talk about him. He has a fun roll in this one that had me laughing! And poor Cecilia, Sophie swears she must have been a nun in another life and having her join the tap dancing group and the sort of outfits they want them to wear! She really had some of the best dialogue in this book! All the characters are great though and I really love how great that Sophie and Marshell fit together!
This one had a really good mystery and I was very impressed with myself when I figured out the killer and sort of the motive because of a piece of information I remember at the beginning of the book, that seldom happens…lol.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves cozies or wants to try one!