Booked 4 Murder – J.C. Eaton

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On The Back:

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….

My Thoughts:

*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 typical cozy mold.

The mystery was good, but the reveal felt rushed and just a bit over the top. I loved the setting, and I am so excited for the ending an what the next book will bring. Overall a wonderful mystery, and a great start to a new series. This series will be a breath of fresh air in the cozy market. Highly recommend!

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