- ISBN: 1496708555
- ISBN: 9781496708557
- Physical Description: 314 pages ; 17 cm.
- Edition: First Kensington mass market edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
- Copyright: ©2017
|General Note:||Includes excerpt from Ditched 4 Murder.|
|Summary, etc.:||"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...." -- Page  cover.|
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Booked 4 Murder
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*Starred Review* Sophie Kimball works in accounting in the Mankato, Minnesota, police department and knows little about detective work, other than what her friend, Nate Williams, a detective nearing retirement, has told her over the years. But that's close enough for her mother, retired in Sun City West, Arizona. According to her, Sophie must drop everything and solve a mystery before any more members of her book club, Booked 4 Murder, die. The body count is three already and they aren't due to discuss their next book until the following week, by which time they might all be dead! Then Thelmalee, the fourth club member, dies from a bee sting, so Sophie reluctantly flies to Arizona to appease her mother. Sophie both trails her mother around and explores on her own, checking out the pool where Thelmalee died, the front steps where Edna Mae fell, and the local dog park, the best place for gossip. After Nate's computer-geek friend determines that the soon-to-be discussed book is self-published, with no Amazon sales, except in Sun City West, Sophie pieces together the explanation. A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable, yet realistic characters and enough plot twists and dead ends to appeal from beginning to end.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2017 Booklist
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Booked 4 Murder
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When four members of a book club in an Arizona retirement community die while reading their latest selection, -Harriet -Plunkett insists the book is cursed and demands that her daughter, Sophie, fly out to investigate. It doesn't matter that Sophie works in accounting for a Minnesota police department; Harriet is convinced Sophie can help. To placate her mother, Sophie heads to Sun City West, where accidents accumulate as Sophie probes the deaths and her mother gathers information from a network of seniors. The roundup of suspects for the grand reveal results in a rollicking, slapstick finale. VERDICT This series debut by the pseudonymous Eaton (the husband-and-wife team of Ann Goldfarb and James E. Clapp) is an entertainingly funny cozy that will tickle the fancy of readers who enjoy mysteries featuring active seniors, such as Maddy Hunter's "Passport to Peril" series.-LH Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.