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 the best thing to do is take some time off and go visit her mother, asking a few questions here and there wouldn’t hurt, would it? After arriving Sophie begins to look into the deaths of the book club members and finds herself getting deeper and deeper into a plot that she never expected and trying to prove that there is no book curse.
Booked 4 Murder is the first book in the new Sophie Kimball Mystery series by J.C. Eaton. This first edition to the series had all the great ingredients to a cozy mystery that I enjoy, a down to earth main character that follows the clues and questions those involved but with some connection to law enforcement to help with the harder aspects, likable characters and a fun environment for the story to take place.
I thought Sophie and her mother had a great relationship and often found myself chuckling at their interactions. The retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona is exactly how I’d imagine it to actually be, the residents having their own way of doing things and quite set in their ways while keeping track of everyone else. Just a fun read with fun characters and would look forward to seeing what the author has in store in the future for Sophie and friends.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.