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J.C. Eaton Books In Order

Publication Order of Sophie Kimball Mystery Books

Booked 4 Murder (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ditched 4 Murder (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wine Trail Mystery Books

A Riesling to Die (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

J.C Eaton is a pen name used by a wife and husband team made up of one James E. Clapp and Ann I. Goldfarb. Together, these two writers have created their cast of characters, most of whom have been featured in some of their bestselling mystery series, with Booked for Murder being the debut novel. While Ann I. Goldfarb is a seasoned writer, having more than eight-time travel mysteries under her name, James, on the other hand, is the former manager of a winery tasting room. Ever since he became an author, James E. Clapp decided to focus on non-fiction works with a majority of his write-ups focusing on the wine industry. When they relocated to Arizona, this unlikely duo found a common ground after they came to the realization that the community they were living in was ideal for murder mysteries.

According to Ann, she is a person who likes to pay so much attention to detail, while James her husband on the other hand is a person who is more comfortable with big ideas and a plotline. In this venture, running the dialogue is their most favorite pastime.

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Booked for Murder

Booked for Murder is the first installment in the Sophie Kimball mystery series. In Booked for Murder author James E. Clapp and Ann I. Goldfarb introduces the readers to the protagonist, Sophie Kimball, who is almost turning 45 years. Kimball serves in the Munakata Police Department under the account receivables. Her mother has recently relocated to Arizona, while her daughter has gone to college. From the look of things, her life has been set pretty well. However, her honeymoon is short lived when members of the mother’s book club start dropping dead. The members of the women book club begin to die mysteriously after reading a self-published romance novel known as the Twelfth Arrondissement. Harriet, Sophie’s mother, decides to call her daughter immediately, informing her that her services are needed in Sun City West. The locals believed that the book was cursed. Will Sophie be able to establish what happened to the four members who had died under mysterious circumstances?

With that, said, Booked for Murder is a brilliantly written mystery by an author, J.C Eaton. The relationship between Sophie Kimball, the main character, and her mother, Harriet is a hoot. When Harriet asks her daughter to come and investigate mystery mainly because she works with the local police department, Sophie informs her mother that she is not a police detective. Thus she might not be able to solve the mystery. However, her mother informs her that since she can chase papers, then she can easily solve the mystery. Both of these characters are not only independent but are also intelligent and stubborn as well. Despite a little of bit of complaining, these two characters love each other so much. The supporting characters in Booked for Murder are quirky and charming. The retirement village setting was brilliant. The residents of the retirement village play and fight over bingo argue of the best sun seats at the pool and wreck golf cars.

The mystery part of the plot was not only different but also quite interesting. There are numerous suspects and scenarios, which will keep the reader wondering, as well as the action.

Ditched for Murder

Ditched for Murder is the second installment in the Sophie Kimball mystery series by J.C Eaton. In Ditched for Murder, we meet once again with the protagonist, Phee. Phee has recently relocated from Minnesota to Arizona to assist her longtime friend and retired police detective, Nate Williams. Nate looks forward to launching his very own private investigations firm. The great thing is that her mother resides in a nearby town, Sun City West together with the eclectic and nutty group of friends who had involved in crime solving. Now, Phee has been given the task of assisting her Aunt Inna, to plan her wedding. Aunt Inna was getting married to one Louis Melinsky, a man of mystery who has been married more than three times. The wedding is to be celebrated at the renowned Petroglyph de Evangeline. The Petroglyph de Evangeline is one of the best French restaurants in Arizona.

The sweets and the desserts were to be provided by La Petite Patisserie, a nearby French restaurant. Because these two restaurants are competitors, they have never seen eye to eye. However, they finally agree on something, and that is because they do not like the company that was providing the tents, Felton. When Phee meets Jake to determine where the tents should be placed, they soon discover the body of Chef Rolland. Chef Rolland had recently been featured on the cover of a magazine that featured the same sweet filled and extravagant pastry birds that one Chef Julien has been planning for the wedding. Phee cannot rely on her boss, who has been extremely busy assisting the local police in their investigations. The local police were looking into the killing of one Theodore Sizemore. Sizemore had been killed on a golf course that is not located far away from her mother’s home. Thus, Phee is left all alone to handle her wedding problems.

However, it does not take long before she is informed that the bridegroom had vanished. Furthermore, she is informed that the bridegroom was the main suspect in the death of Theodore Sizemore. As Nate and Phee continue to search for clues, all the two deaths turn out to be connected. If these two mysteries are not solved quickly, then the wedding might not happen, and her aunt might just run mad. With that said, Sophie Kimball has so much on her plate in Ditched for Murder. However, this take-charge and a feisty heroine are undoubtedly up for the charge. The book is filled with so many well-developed characters and numerous twists and turns. Despite trying fighting with her demons, Sophie still manages to play her role. The two main characters are still attracted to one another, though they try to maintain a professional touch. The two authors, Ann I Goldfarb and James E. Clapp have done an outstanding job of delivering yet another highly entertaining mystery series.

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