Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #4) by J.C. Eaton @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #mystery

Title: Botched 4 Murder

Author: J.C. Eaton

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

Page Count: 320

My rating:   5 stars

About the book:

Bowled over . . .
Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.

But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .


Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton is the fourth book of the cozy Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Each book of the series features it’s own mystery that needs to be solved so the books could be understood out of order or on their own. However, there’s always a bit of character story that carries over from book to book so it’s best read in order.

In this series Sophie “Phee” Kimball had been working in accounting at a police department in Minnesota when her retired mother thought Phee would be the perfect person to come to Arizona to investigate when several suspicious deaths happened at her retirement community.

After her first trip out to Arizona Phee decided to make the move and took a job working for a detective friend but to Phee’s mother that still made her perfect to investigate whenever anything out of the ordinary comes along for the ladies in the retirement community. This time a murder victim is found during the bocce ball practice session and with the community riled up over  proposal to turn the golf courses into public parks Phee needs to get to the bottom of things once again.

I have been enjoying the Sophie Kimball Mystery series since it’s beginning and will continue to look for new editions. With a bit of everything I personally love in a cozy this has become a favorite. There’s the quirky and funny vibe the side characters give, the main character with a connection to law enforcement and plenty of twists and turns to the mysteries. I knew I had a winner when I started wishing my own mother would retire to Sun City so I could follow along although I think a bit of crime watch is needed so there wouldn’t be so many murders to solve!

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp who reside in Arizona.

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, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at: and

James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is his first novel. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. Visit the website at


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