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Ditched 4 Murder

(Sophie Kimball Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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,
Mass Market Paperback, 321 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sophie “Phee” Kimball has made the move from Minnesota to Arizona to be closer to her mother who lives in a nearby retirement community. Fortunately for Phee her old boss from the police station in Minnesota decided it was also time to make a move and headed to sunny Arizona with her to start his own P.I. firm giving Phee a new job in her new life.

Phee is just settling into her life in AZ when her Aunt Ina announces she's going to marry and is planning a huge wedding. This of course leads to
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sophie "Phee" Kimball is starting to wish she hadn't relocated to Arizona to be closer to her mother. Her job as an accountant for a detective agency is great....but her mom and her friends sometimes drive Phee a bit crazy. Things are definitely heating up for the little group of older ladies, and Phee is stuck right in the thick of things.....again. Her eccentric Aunt Ina is getting married. First Ina sends out strange, cryptic invitations announcing their wedding at dawn amidst ruins in the ...more
Linda 📚
There’s no doubt new author J.C. Eaton writes a fantastic cozy mystery with an intricate plot for readers to enjoy unraveling. Sophie Kimball is a strong leading character with an inquisitive mind. Fortunately, she works for a P.I. who’s a great boss and helpful friend—Nate. Although Phee has to put up with the nosiness and antics from her mom, her mom’s book club friends, and her Aunt Ina, who’s planning a chaotic wedding, Phee manages to work on figuring out what’s behind a couple of murders ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh my, Sophie “Phee” Kimball has the patience of a saint. In the first book of this series, Booked 4 Murder, Phee had to deal with her mother’s daily and sometimes hourly demands and in this book, her mom Harriet is joined by Aunt Ina. Aunt Ina is planning a wedding and called Phee for “a favor”, well that favor turned into several and when her groom disappeared she expected Phee to find him too. While Phee does work for a private investigator it is in the capacity of a
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy
A fun fast, quick and relaxing read before a fireplace in a stormy night. The second book in the Sophie Kimball (Phee) series will have you laughing or smiling throughout the book. Aunt Ina is planning her wedding and she managed to tie Phee into several of the wedding details. There are plenty of problems to interfere with Phee's life. Among them Phee's Mother, a wrong color tent, a chocolate bird tree, two dead bodies, one at the wedding spot, the other across the street from her Mother's, and ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was even funnier than the first one, especially the ending with the showdown and wedding reception. I could really picture this happening in a funny mystery movie!

Phee Kimball was settled in, living in Arizona and working for Nate Williams, a retired police detective, who had opened his own investigations company in Arizona. Life was never dull in the first book with Phee's mom Harriet around. Now toss in Harriet's sister, Ina, who was getting married to a guy named Louis. It was one
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Ditched 4 Murder is book two of the Sophie Kimball Mystery series by J. C. Eaton. Sophie Kimball moved to Minnesota to Arizona to be closer to her Mother's retirement home. Sophie's Aunty Ina was getting married and roped Sophie into being the wedding planner. However, the wedding was not the only worry Sophie has. After the death of a local restaurateur, Sophie became involved in the investigation after the body was found near her mother's place and started to fear for her safety. The readers ...more
Lisa Morin
I thoroughly enjoyed Phee Kimball in this cozy mystery classic.
When Phee gets roped in to helping with her Aunt Ina's wedding, the craziness begins and you won't be able to stop laughing. It becomes no laughing matter when the soon to be groom disappears, leaving Phee scrambling to search for him while trying to keep the wedding plans from spiraling out of control.
What does a snake bite, a wedding tent fiasco and a zodiac table all have in common? Ditched 4 Murder written by J.C. Eaton!

Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was amused by the first book in this series. This one made me laugh out loud. Sophie's relationship with her mother is funny. Her mother's friends and neighbors are funny. Her mother's dog, Streetman, is funny. But her mother's sister, Ina, is not only funny; she is funny in a screwball type of way. So, I thoroughly enjoyed this story of her Aunt Ina planning her wedding ceremony (which was wacky by anyone's standards) and wondering if Sophie would pull off all her tasks associated with the ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ditched 4 Murder by J. C. Eaton is the 2nd book in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series, and it is as good, if not better than the first book. This book made me laugh out loud, it was so funny. Once I started this book, I could not stop reading it until I was done. Not only is this book an exciting mystery but also very refreshing and a quick read. If you love funny cozy mysteries, which are my favorite, I strongly recommend this book.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this cozy series, Sophie Kimball, set in Arizona. Sophie works as an account for a Private Investigator and gets dragged into his newest case, the murder of a wealthy man on a golf course. As she helps Nate with the murder, her aunt makes Sophie her wedding planner. How hard can it be to plan a 74 year olds wedding. The story is funny and the humor has you laughing out loud. Who figured bats would like pastry. I love the cast of characters and Sophie's mom is a hoot. Don't need to read ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ditched 4 Murder is the second in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Sophie is a bookkeeper for a private investigation firm. She moved to Arizona to be closer to her mother and family, as well as for the job. A body turns up near to her mother’s house, when everything is already in an uproar due to her aunt’s wedding. Soon there is another body and Sophie finds herself, and her aunt’s fiancée embroiled in the mystery. Lots of the humor fell flat for me and I wasn’t crazy about the portrayal of ...more
Cathy Daniel
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Thought the family was super annoying in this book and Sophie lacked backbone. It also took too long for the mystery to kick in. Loved the first one, disappointing to read this one. I will cautiously look forward to the 3rd book next summer
Dez Nemec
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, arc
Ditched 4 Murder is the second book of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series by J.C. Eaton.

Sophie Kimball (known as Phee) has done the unthinkable and moved from Missouri to Arizona, at least for the time being. She has taken a year leave of absence from her job to help out a friend that recently moved to Arizona to open an investigations firm. I get the desire to no longer see a snowy winter, so why was the move unthinkable? Because her apartment is close to Sun City West, and her demanding,
Debra McEathron
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
this was an interesting story but the main character is too whiny and really doesn't want to have anything to do with the events around her. She has no backbone and takes on her families problems as her own.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ditched 4 Murder is the second book in the A Sophie Kimball Mystery series.

This is a fun and exciting follow-up to Booked 4 Murder.

Sophie(Phee) Kimball has taken a year leave of absence from the Mankato(MN) Police Department to handle the bookkeeping for her friend Nate Williams, who had recently retired from the Mankato Police Department. On the downside, she is just minutes from her mother, not just a phone call away.

Business is thriving at the office and Phee is quite busy setting up the
Melissa B
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again, a great cozy mystery!
I just love the characters, and most of them are just that - characters! They had me laughing throughout the story.
The plot is great fun, keeping the reader busy unravelling the mystery. Keep them coming Ann and Jim!
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Faythe Shattuck
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Sophie (Phee) Kimball has taken a year leave of absence from the Minnesota Police Department to do the accounting for her friend Nate Williams new detective agency, Nate who's recently retired from the Mankato Police Department. The only problem with the new job is that it's in Arizona and her mother is now just a short drive away instead of a couple of states away.

Business is booming at the detective office and Phee is very busy setting up the books at Williams’ PI office, the last thing she
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ditched 4 Murder is the second installment in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series set in Peoria, AZ and featuring bookkeeper, Sophie "Phee" Kimball. Having moved from her home in Mankato, Minnesota to be the bookkeeper for her friend, retired police detective Nate Williams who has opened his own private detective agency, Phee is settling in to her new life while trying to deal with living so close to her mom, Harriet Plunkett.

Harriet's sister Ina is engaged to marry the wealthy Louis Melinsky in
RO G'ma
Ditched 4 Murder is the second book in J.C. Eaton’s Sophie Kimball Mystery series and is a well-written, steady paced and humorous whodunit, with well-developed and likeable (and often quirky) characters. This is a fast and fun read. There are enough suspects, twists and turns, and red herrings to keep the reader engaged. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fun, well-crafted cozy mysteries.

Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball is a divorced, middle-aged mother of an adult daughter, who recently
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
I have read many reviews for this book as well as others. So many are given bad reviews because the reviewer does not like a character. Well, life is like that. We wont like everyone. The way I see it is...if the writing is so well done, the characterization so well manipulated that I have a strong dislike for a character then I call that excellent writing skills. This, Ditched 4 Murder is such a book. It had a very good balance of both aggravating and appealing characters. I was aggravated that ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phee (Sophie Kimball) is still acclimating to Arizona’s high temperatures: quite a change from Minnesota. She is employed as a bookkeeper at Williams Investigations, on a year’s leave of absence from the Mankato Police Department. She makes it clear that she is not a Private Investigator and has no ambitions to be one. Despite her inclinations, she gets dragged into several murder investigations because of her family ties. Her mother and her looney aunt, a soon-to-be-bride in her seventies, are ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a series of mysteries about an accountant/bookkeeper Sophie (“Phee”) Kimball, who keeps getting pulled into murder investigations even though she only works for a private detective and absolutely, is not a detective.

Except that her mother, Harriet, seems to think that being a sleuth is something that rubs off simply by proximity. And maybe, she is right.

In any case, Phee gets pulled into this case because her Aunt Ina is about to have a mental breakdown if the crime is not
Another great entry into the Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Sophie has gotten more comfortable in her home in Arizona and has taken to working along side former co-worker and fresh retiree, Nate in the private investigations business. She's there to balance the books and make sure business runs smooth, but this doesn't keep her from getting involved in the murder that is just too close to home. Join Sophie as she investigates a local murder that is closely connected to her Aunt's upcoming ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great cozy that blends a variety of elements into a well written and entertaining book with some serious chuckles! Phee, who has moved to Arizona from Minnesota, is working as both a bookkeeper for a private investigator and a wedding planner (what a combo!) for a mature bride when bodies start to turn up. The mystery of Aunt Ina's fiancé is only the tip of the iceberg. Nicely paced and sufficiently (but not too) twisty, this one has some great characters not only in Phee and Aunt Ina but also ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading and enjoying, Booked 4 Murder, the first book in the Sophie Kimball Mystery by J. C. Eaton, I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Turns out that the next book, Ditched 4 Murder, was equally entertaining! I really like this cozy mystery series! I like Phee, her mom and her book club friends, her aunt, and the people Phee works with. This installment centered around Phee's aunt planning her wedding. Add to that a couple of murders and a disappearance and you ...more
I enjoyed the plot, characters, and location of the story. This is a great sophomore edition to the series, the Sofie Kimball Mystery series. Sofie, a.k.a. Phee has moved to Arizona. With that come the joys of family and constant contact. Sophie is now a wedding planner for Aunt Ina’s wedding. There is more than one dead body in this story. Read to find out if they are connected and are the murder(s) caught?
The authors were able to capture the Arizona retirement community lifestyle and thought
Barbara Tobey
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Kimball is Arizona's equivalent of New Jersey's Stephanie Plum. She may not have the hunky men or unlimited supply of cars, but she has even more wacky relatives and their friends. The author kept me chuckling throughout with the tales of bridezilla (her aunt) and the unusual wedding plans. Yes, this is a murder mystery, so there is that to solve as well. This bookkeeper goes above and beyond in fulfilling her aunt's unreasonable demands and is able to stay sane while finding clues to the ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a nice escape. I did become a bit frustrated with Phee, the main character. She was always complaining about how overly-dramatic her Mom and Aunt Ina were. However, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Phee is just as much a drama-queen as the other two. The mystery was enjoyable but there seemed to be a lot of distractions in the plot. Her Aunt having a meltdown over something or her boss running off to investigate. Would I read another by this author? Probably. This is only the ...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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