Molded 4 Murder

Molded 4 Murder

by J.C. Eaton

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A view to a kiln …
Sophie “Phee” Kimball enjoys working as a bookkeeper for a private investigator. If only her mother Harriet could enjoy her retirement at Sun City West in Arizona—instead of constantly getting involved with retirees being prematurely put out to pasture. This time Quentin Dussler, a prominent member of the clay sculpting club, was found dead, clutching a piece of paper scrawled with Phee’s mother’s name.
Terrified she’s been targeted by assassins, Harriet begs Phee to investigate. What Phee uncovers is a complicated scheme that only the most diabolical of murderers would ever devise. And as she chisels away at confusing clues and potential suspects, Phee unearths something far more precious and valuable than she could imagine. Eager for answers, she takes a bold step—placing herself in the crosshairs of a stonefaced killer …
Praise for the Sophie Kimball Mysteries
“A witty adventure that will leave you laughing out loud.”
—Stephanie Blackmoore, author of the Wedding Planner Mystery Series, on Booked 4 Murder

  “Fun characters, a touch of humor, and a great mystery, the perfect combination for a cozy.”
—Lena Gregory, author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, on Ditched 4 Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496719904
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Sophie Kimball Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 27,616
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. Ann has published eight YA time travel mysteries. Visit their website at

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Molded 4 Murder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
neptune75 8 days ago
So this is another adventure of Phee in her newly adopted state of Arizona. Things are going well with her new boss and boyfriend. However he seems to be busy a lot with cases. She gets asked by 2 little old ladies to investigate some missing items in their retirement home. This ends up tying in to a case that Marshall is working on with the death of a potter. I really wanted to like this book. My family lives in Sun City Grand and I am familiar with the area. However, there are a few things that I have a hard time accepting. First of all, Maricopa County is a huge county, I don't understand how they would need to hire 2 retired police officers-now private investigators when they should have someone on staff that would have the skills needed. There were several plot points brought up that were not fully explained or answered by the end of the book. I don't like to specify those as they would be a spoiler for anyone not having read this yet. It is overall a good read, but facts are not completely well thought out.
AMGiacomasso 18 days ago
It could have been a 5 star but one thing I hate in cozy mysteries is when the main characters do something so stupid that can only defined as death wish. It's a page turner, a pleasant and engrossing read that I read as fast as I could. I like the well crafted plot, even I found the end a bit confusing, the likeable and fleshed out cast of characters and the humour. The mystery was good and the end was unexpected. I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series. Recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Kaitie-Maday 18 days ago
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even without reading the previous four in the series. I found the characters engaging and entertaining without being over the top. The dynamic between Phee, Marshall, Nate, Augusta, and Phee's mom are relatable and keep the story moving. I liked how the story was much more than you initially think and it moves in a logical progression that doesn't leave you lost. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that likes cozy mysteries!
MysteryluvrOK 19 days ago
I always think Phee's mysteries can't get any better and then the next book comes out! When Phee learns of a possible "hit list" that has her mother and her mother's best friend on it, Sun City West will never be the same! In Molded 4 Murder, I loved having the delightfully blunt Augusta and the "live life to the fullest" Aunt Ina more involved in the mystery. Augusta is hilarious, efficient and plays a major role in solving the mystery. Aunt Ina shows she can detect with the best of them. Of course, Harriet (Phee's mother), Lucinda, Shirley and all the gang from the book and theater club make an appearance. We meet new fun and quirky characters at The Lillian, a posh living community for the 80 and over set. The "Gertrudes" were favorites of mine! Marshall and Nate find keeping up with Phee, Augusta and Aunt Ina a struggle! And the charmingly neurotic Streetman is always ready to, well - hide! Molded 4 Murder is a perfect mystery that will keep you reading late into the night! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of the book.
CozyOnUp 20 days ago
When a rather famous clay artist is found murdered, he was clutching a piece of paper with two names on it, Sophie Kimball’s mother and her mother’s friend. Are the two women next on a killer’s hit list? That’s what the detective agency Sophie works for is going to find out as they collaborate with the local police. Soon Sophie finds herself embroiled in the whole thing as the net is cast wider and wider to find a killer. This is a great series and I adore Sophie. We can all relate to her relationship with her mother as it hits close to home, heck, I can even relate to a canine sibling. Sophie seems to be Nate and Marshall’s lucky charm and I hope the series keeps on going. Each book is better than the last with solid characters and plots.
Mama_Cat 20 days ago
Fifth in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series, this outrageously funny, intriguing, cozy mystery is the best in the series to date. It is fun to watch Phee (Sophie) and her mother Harriet drive each other to distraction and see Aunt Ina have a bigger part in this investigation than usual. The mystery is more complex than I anticipated! From The Lillian in Sun City West to Punkin Center and Tonto National Forest, Phee sees much more of Arizona than the average resident. The authors have taken the best of this elegant resort city, added Midwest charm, senior flair, and international crime with ties to Arizona for a fabulous romp through the desert! Harriet and friend Lucinda’s current artistic endeavor includes learning how to craft things from clay at the clay club in Sun City West. Harriet insists that Phee, who left Mankato, Minnesota a couple years ago and now lives in Glendale, and her boyfriend and private investigator Marshall attend the Creations in Clay event in late June, still a few weeks away. Phee, Marshall, and Nate, their boss and owner of Williams Investigations all worked at the police department in Mankato. Former detectives Nate and Marshall stay busy as PI’s and are content with what they do. Phee does what she did in Mankato, keeping the books. Thanks to Harriet and her friends in the Booked 4 Murder book club, Phee gets pulled into more cases – and trouble – than imaginable. When Phee was coming to visit her mother a couple years earlier, she met the “Gertrudes”, sisters Gertie and Trudy on the flight. They reside at The Lillian, a luxury senior residence. They called Phee one day, as someone was going into people’s apartments and taking things. Most missing items were of little monetary value yet going into their homes and taking away their privacy is critical. Phee agreed to meet with the residence director, as the residents are concerned of retaliation from the staff if she knows who is concerned. While she talked with the Gertrudes, the sheriff’s office asked Nate’s consult on a homicide in Sun City West, who then asked Phee to meet Nate at her mother’s home. The dead man was a gifted clay artisan, found in his garage studio. He was holding a note with two names on it: Harriet’s and Lucinda’s. The ladies knew who Quentin was but had never bought anything from him. Harriet is a wreck and wants Nate, Phee, and Marshall to find out whodunit fast – as a possible hit list is not her favorite place to be. The far-reaching, devious tentacles are amazing. I could never have come up with the full solution for this mystery! Sure, I had a few pieces put together, but certainly nothing like the entire scope of crimes. The novel ends with surprises and potential changes for Phee and is very satisfying. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy well-crafted cozy mysteries, laugh-out-loud humor, eye-rolling, senior (NOT senile) characters, and a bit of romance. You won’t be disappointed! From a thankful heart: I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
KiahJT 20 days ago
5 stars Sophie “Phee” Kimball is back for another exciting, fun-filled cozy mystery. J.C. Eaton has brought back all of the regulars from this series including Phee’s eccentric mother, Streetman and her mom's book club friends. I just thoroughly enjoy this series. It is refreshing to have a cozy mystery series feature active senior citizens who “try” to help Phee when she gets in over her head. The plotline is one that is entirely plausible, yet something I never would have considered. I had figured out the mystery about halfway through the book; however, the writing is so good and the story so much fun I didn’t really mind figuring it out in advance. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, clean mystery series. I cannot wait for the next one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own. #Molded4Murder #NetGalley
iiiireader 20 days ago
This is another fun entry in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Sophie, or as her friends know her, Phee, is an accountant/bookkeeper for a private detective agency. Her mother, Harriet, lives in a retirement community, just a few miles away from where Phee lives and works. Harriet has become interested in crafts, specifically working with clay. One of the hotshot ceramic artists is found murdered and there is a note with Harriet and one of her friends names written on it at the scene of the crime. Harriet begs her daughter to investigate and, against her better judgement, Phee once again starts nosing around trying to search out clues. The search leads Phee to the one of the premier retirement complexes and to another murder and then the crimes start to pile up. While Phee is intrepid, she also goes off on tangents and insists that whatever her latest theory is, is the key to solving the crime. She goes headfirst into trouble and, unsurprisingly, she ends up in danger more than once. Still, it is a fun read and a good plot and is perfect for escapist cozy mystery reading. The book can be read stand-alone, however, I like reading the books in order. It allows me to see how both characters and relationships grow. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
MKF 20 days ago
Phee is back! Sun City West should be a quiet retirement community where people learn things like sculpting and enjoy life but no.....Phee's mom Harriett (who is a hoot) is distraught and disturbed when Quentin is found dead, with a list of names, including hers, in his cold hand. Phee works for Nate, a private investigator and Nate find out that the Sheriff thinks this is a hit list. For murder! Yikes. Of course, Phee, along with her mom, her aunt, Nate, and her sweetie Marshall, must investigate. Then....there's another murder! No spoilers but there's a nasty reason behind the list with a villain who is bent on taking advantage of seniors. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm a fan of this series because of the characters and their interplay (love the dialogue). Phee's smart and she's got attitude. You should be fine with this as a standalone but then you'll be like me and eagerly awaiting the next one.