Title: Broadcast 4 Murder
Author: J.C. Eaton
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In J.C. Eaton’s seventh Sophie Kimball Mystery, Sophie’s kooky mother, Harriet, is gearing up to become Arizona’s newest radio star as the host of the Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour. But when she ends up broadcasting herself discovering a dead body live on air, it’s up to the reluctant sleuth Sophie to find the killer…
Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet–with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.
The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present…
Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton is the seventh book in the cozy Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Each book of the series contains it’s own mystery that is solved by the end so the books can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, those that read from the beginning will get all of the character development throughout the series.
In the beginning of this series readers were introduced to Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball who had been living in Minnesota while her retired mother was living in her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona. Sophie’s mother called her daughter frantic that there was a murderer on the loose and targeting her book club thinking her daughter who worked as a bookkeeper for the police department was as good as any detective.
After traveling to Arizona to help her mother Sophie decided it was time for a change and being close to her mother would help keep her out of the path of any more murderers. A friend of Sophie’s just happened to want to start up a private investigating business so a new job for Sophie quickly became available. Sophie’s plans of keeping her mother and their friends away from murder investigations has been derailed yet again when the ladies took a job at the local radio station to go on air to discuss cozy mysteries only to find a body in the closet and open yet another mystery for Sophie to help solve.
The Sophie Kimball Mystery series is another that I have followed from the beginning and always enjoyed coming back to. The main character in here is likable but the side characters of the retirees are absolutely hilarious. Along with the quirky fun we also have a cute little dog that I can’t resist being involved in the stories. And on top of it all the main character working for/with private investigators that are retired police officers themselves gives that connection to law enforcement that I enjoy. Definitely one I will keep coming back to as long as the books keep coming.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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