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Staged for Murder–danger on the catwalk

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Staged 4 Murder

by J.C. Eaton

Staged 4 MurderSophie Kimball really just wants to do her job as an accountant and bookkeeper for the Williams investigations firm. She gets roped again, however, into doing some sleuthing on her own as the members of her mother’s book club in Sun City West, a retirement community in Arizona, recruit her to help discover the murderer of a member of a community acting troupe.  Avid readers, they branch out as performers and crew in a production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

There are lots of twists and turns to the plot of Staged 4 Murder with suspicion cast like a shotgun blast in multiple directions. Just when you (and Sophie) think the murderer has been found, new evidence comes to light. Sophie is an interesting main character, and the interactions with her mother are humorous. This book is not destined to be a classic for the ages, but it is an enjoyable cozy mystery, and I look forward to the next in this series written by a husband-wife team under the pen name J.C. Eaton.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #3 in the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series, but delightfully fun as a standalone

Publication:  June 26, 2018 — Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

I got up from my chair, took the list from my mother, and muttered six regrettable words before heading home for the night. “I’ll see what I can do.”

“My God! Now you’re sounding like my mother. Next thing I know you’ll be reusing paper plates.” “Whoa. That was unfair.”

My mother tried calling the dog, but he ignored her. Selective hearing must apparently run in our family.


  1. Cozynookbks says:

    Enjoyed your review of this one, Linda. Particularly the line, “This book is not destined to be a classic for the ages.” 😂

    My cat has selective hearing. 🙄

    Glad you enjoyed it. 😊

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thanks. Most books in the cozy mystery genre don’t even come close to the level of Les Miserables or War and Peace nor do they need to for us to enjoy them or think they are well written within their category. (As always, just my opinion.😉)

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  2. Cozynookbks says:

    Thant’s certainly true of most, but I have to admit that I’ve read a couple of cozy mystery series that were strongly developed, intelligently written mysteries, and I was impressed.

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