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Booked 4 Murder

(Sophie Kimball Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  167 reviews
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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 alrea
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Published June 27th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sophie Phee Kimball works in accounting at the police department so of course her retired mother thinks that should make her perfect to investigate a series of deaths in her retirement community. Sophie's mother is sure that her book club has been reading a cursed book when several of the club's members suddenly die. Sophie does her best to explain to her mother there is no such thing as curses but her mother won't let the matter go.

After speaking with a detective friend at work Sophie decides
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh my word! This is a wonderful debut!

Sophie “Phee” Kimball works for the police department in Minnesota in the office. The only detecting she does is hunting down receipts for expense reports but her dear mother assumes that she can kill the curse that is killing members of her book club. She begs her daughter to come to Sun City West, Arizona before another member ends up dead. Phee tries to calm her mother and put her off until the holidays but Harriet demands her presence
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At first, I wondered if I would like this book because the plot seemed really different, however; new author, J.C. Eaton, skillfully maneuvered the plot with a strong, logically thinking protagonist, Sophie 'Phee' Kimball, making the story irresistible for me. The clues are interspersed with humor making this a swiftly moving read.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
BOOKED 4 MURDER is a mystery too good to 4get!

Starting a new book can be hard. When that book is the first in a new series? Well, it can be even harder. So, I started reading BOOKED 4 MURDER with high hopes, mixed with a bit of trepidation. My worries were for nothing. Author J. C. Eaton has created a great new mystery series. I was completely hooked from the first chapter. If this first installment in the series is an example of what is to follow, this series is going to run for a long time.

I m
Jessica Robbins
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, netgalley
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May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining mystery the first in the Sophia Kimball series. I had trouble at first getting into the story. Part way into the book I got involved in the story and found myself turning the pages to see the answer. However,
I found the characters one-dimensional and not very interesting. This makes the book hard to rate. My rating is 3.5 stars.
Phee works for the police department as an accountant in her hometown. Her Mother lives in Sun City West, Arizona and belongs to a book club. The monthly
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! I was sucked in from the very beginning and could barely put it down. Phee and her mom were such great characters together, yeah maybe her mom is a tad annoying but isn't everyone's a little that way? The person I guessed was not the perp, and I even went for a kind of obscure person.

Sophia "Phee" Kimball got a call from her mom, frantically saying that the book their book club was reading was cursed since three people had already died after r
Mark Baker
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, mystery
Sophie “Phee” Kimball is annoyed when her mother keeps calling to talk about a cursed book. It seems that several members of her book club have died after starting their current month’s selection. Even though Phee is an accountant, Harriet is sure she is the one who can stop the curse, so Phee gives in and takes some vacation to go visit her mother in Arizona. Once she arrives, Phee quickly determines that something strange is going on. But is it from a cursed book? Or is a killer using the curs ...more
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Kensington and Netgalley*

A winning first book in a series, Booked 4 Murder is the start to a series that i am sure to continue reading!

Sophie was an absolutely wonderful character. She wasn't young, there was no love interest at all (which was amazing!), and she blatantly investigated. Three things that are atypical, but that--combined together--worked! Sophie's mother wasn't sassy or crotchety, another deviation from the
Jerri Cachero
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Booked 4 Murder, by J C Eaton has everything I like in a cozy - a mystery that keeps you guessing, humor (Mother and the book club crew were hoots!), a relatable heroine who had life experience and of course, a wonderfully crabby little dog!

Phee Kimball is a good daughter. When her mother calls Phee with the news that her book club has started reading a cursed book and the members are dropping like flies, Phee is on the way to sunny Arizona to find out what's happening. The final showdown in th
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I found this to be extremely amusing in a dry, comical way that mothers can be with their children, pets and friends. I loved the protagonist's mother in this story. She is a hoot. Her relationship with her daughter consists of a good-natured bossiness that cracked me up. Her relationship with her dog, Streetman, (a chiweenie), is making hilarious excuses for his behavior to her daughter. Rest assured she would never tolerate the same behavior from her daughter. Her relationship with her friends ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Booked 4 Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series!

Sophie Kimball, at almost 45, is enjoying her life. She works for the Mankato, MN Police Department in accounts receivable. Her daughter is in college and her mother has moved to Arizona. Her life is pretty well set. Peaceful. Until......members of her mother's book club start dropping dead after reading their book selection for the month, a little known self-published tragic romance, The Twelfth Arrondissement. Sophie's mother, Har
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Booked 4 Murder is the first book in the A Sophie Kimball Mystery series.

Booked 4 Murder is a very enjoyable beginning to, what I think, will be an entertaining series. If you like a good helping of humor with your mysteries, this is definitely a book that should go to the top of your to-read list. A fast paced book with a wonderful cast of characters. The book is set in Sun City, AZ, a retirement community with a group of retired seniors, who are set in their ways but still are alert enough to
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 88-books-in-2018
Fantastic cozy!~
An excellent first book in the series. I loved how well written this was. A ton of action and mystery. Loved the characters and the creative title and story. Love that gorgeous cover, I mean its one of the best Ive seen in a while!
5 stars from me!
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun start to a new series! I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The relationship between the main character Sophie and her mum Harriet is so much fun! I found myself chuckling along at their interactions and not wanting the story to end.

Any book involving books will always be on my list of books I WILL get to very soon and I thoroughly enjoyed this wander to Arizona, settling in to pretend I'm with them in the warmth but knowing I ain't gonna get murdered and if I am, they can help find the killer.

Book 2 is waiting on my kindle, yay!

*Huge thanks to J.C. Eato
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book #79 Read in 2017
Booked 4 Murder by J C Eaton

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series. Phee does accounts payable for a police department. Her mother calls her from Arizona and tells her that she needs to come out there and look into this book curse--members of her mother's book club have died under suspicious circumstances since beginning their group read. Phee heads out and tries her hand at being Nancy Drew. This was a good mystery which kept me guessing until the end. I will conti
"I'm telling you, Phee, they were all murdered."

Sophie "Phee" Kimball is an accountant for a small Minnesota police department. Her mom convinces Phee to come to Sun City West, Arizona to help her discover who is killing off book club members.

This book has a ton of characters. I almost needed a spread sheet to keep up with them. The book club is reading an obscure book that seems to relate to several recent deaths. Phee starts picking up real clues which lead back to a dastardly plot.

This was ju
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great kickoff to a new series! This story written by husband and wife, James E. Clapp and Ann I. Goldfarb is set in a senior community in Sun City West, Arizona, and is often laugh out loud funny. The rest of my time was spent [figuratively] shaking my head at the antics of these characters.

I can't wait to see what happens next in book #2 in this series, Ditched for Murder!!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for a facebook bookclub I am in, and am so glad I did. Sophie, aka Phee, gets a frantic call from her mother. The book they are reading for their bookclub is cursed and she wants Sophie to come out to Arizona and help her find out what is going on. Sophie is not a cop, but works for the Mankao Minnesota police department. With reluctance, off she goes. Phee didn't really know where to begin, but using the information her mother has already gathered, she was able to make a plan. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Booked 4 Murder was a delightful read. I loved every page. The characters were likable and entertaining. The mystery plot was humorous, but also well crafted. The surprise ending blew me away. I quickly started the second book, Ditched 4 Murder. Treat yourself to a fun book and read Booked 4 Murder.
Kari Beasley
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was a cute, quick read that kept me guessing until the very end. I loved all the twists and turns.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton. The book was funny and entertaining. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Cathy Daniel
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a FUN book and I laughed a few times. The ending was a little convoluted to me but it didn't take away from the enjoyment
Katherine P
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-read, 2017
I've been on a roll with fantastic cozies this year but the last few have been a little flat. However, as soon as I started this one I knew my luck was changing. This mystery was so much fun! Phee is not your typical amateur detective. She's a little bit older than usual and while she does work for the police department her primary investigations involve tracking down receipts and she likes it that way. She has no interest in solving a mystery that she's pretty sure is amazing until a friend (w ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Janet Robel
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved Sophie Kimball! Great first book in a series. Having to go to Arizona on the crazy whim of her mother is not Sophie's idea of a vacation. Her mother is convinced there is a book curse causing members of her book club to die. Now Sophie has to play sleuth to find out. A wonderful story that mystery readers will want to read. The next one is on my must-read list.
Alyssa White
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book had me laughing, busting at the seams, literally. It was such a fun and refreshing read and the characters were really bright and active. The plot with 4 deaths was very curious and then to tie it all in with a curse? it really had you wondering what was going on! It was very well written and I know the next one will be just as enjoyable!
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous first in series by a husband and wife team! The setting is Sun City West, Arizona, and I live very close to it. Loved reading street names and restaurants that sound familiar. The plot has an abundance of twists and turns right through the very end, reminding me of a ball of yarn that several kittens have a battle with. The authors, however, have it well under control at all times and execute it with finesse.

Phee (Sophie) Kimball is an accountant with the police department in
Dez Nemec
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mysteries
Booked 4 Murder is the first book of a new cozy mystery series by J.C. Eaton. It follows Sophie Kimball as she travels from Missouri to Arizona to help out the world's most annoying mother. Sophie, or Phee as everyone calls her, works for the police department, but in accounting. Her mother calls her and demands she come to her home to investigate a series of deaths. When Phee's mother tells her in the first few pages: “I’m telling you, Phee, they were all murdered. Murdered by reading that book ...more
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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, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and coming in August 2018, The

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