Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
About Dressed Up 4 Murder
Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B07R8WYD83
Last one standing is the winner . . .
The holiday season has arrived and bookkeeper/amateur sleuth, Sophie “Phee” Kimball, would love nothing more than to enjoy the comforts of her new home with her detective boyfriend near Arizona’s Sun City West. Instead, her mother Harriet wants to showcase her chiweenie-chihuahua-dachshund Streetman in the Precious Pooches Holiday Extravaganza costume events. The festivities begin in October and end on St. Patrick’s Day—with the winner starring in the St. Pat’s Day parade. But things quickly turn an awful shade of green when Streetman uncovers a dead body under a tarp-covered grill in the neighbor’s yard.
The victim is Cameron Tully, a seafood distributor working out of Phoenix, who died from ingesting a toxic sago palm leaf. Before the police can even find a motive and suspect, another Precious Pooch owner nearly dies from the same poison. With Harriet believing someone’s targeting her and Streetman because of the costume contests, Phee will need a potful of Irish luck to sniff out a killer . . .
About J.C. Eaton
Interview with J.C. Eaton (the writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp)
What initially got you interested in writing?
Ann has always been interested in writing but Jim caught the writing bug when we moved out west and settled in a retirement community. After listening to the most bizarre conversations in the dog park, he said to Ann, “There’s way too fodder here to pass it up. Let’s write a book.”
What genres do you write in?
We write cozy mysteries designed to keep readers laughing and guessing whodunit. We have three series – The Sophie Kimball Mysteries, set in Arizona, the Wine Trail Mysteries, set in New York’s Finger Lakes, and the Marcie Rayner detective series, set in Minnesota.
Ann has written a number of YA time travel mysteries under her full name – Ann I. Goldfarb, and one YA sci-fi thriller under A.I. Goldfarb
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
We love writing escapist novels. Life is so difficult for so many of us that we felt readers deserved a good break from the harsh realities and good belly laughs.
How did you break into the field?
Not easily. It took us three years to land an agent and boy, did we get a fabulous one! Then it was on to find a publisher. It’s a long process and authors need to be patient, all the while continuing to write.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
A genuine sense of joy in having worked to solve a mystery and an overall happy feeling from the antics of the characters.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
When readers tell us how much they enjoyed reading our books, we are over the top. It makes every long night editing and countless writing hours all worth it.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
We are juggling three series. Keeping everything straight is a major challenge. We do use detailed character lists but now find we need dossiers on everyone. (i.e. We have to remember what kind of car someone drives or what another character likes in his or her coffee. It’s mindboggling.)
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Be patient and keep perfecting your craft. Seek input from critique groups, attend writing workshops and conferences, and don’t be afraid of failure.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
We both enjoy mysteries and Ann has a penchant for gothic mystery as well as time travel and horror.
Jim loves thrillers and mysteries.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
We are pet lovers and foster failures. We own one dog and four demanding cats. We love to eat but hate to cook, however, we do enjoy baking. Having moved out west from back east, we are still searching for a Chinese restaurant that knows how to make Cantonese food in light white sauces. It’s become a quest for us. We’ve probably tried just about every Chinese restaurant in the greater Phoenix area.
We attend at least one writers conference or convention a year. This year we will be presenting at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 14 -15, 2020. Ann will be conducting a workshop on writing cozy mysteries.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Please visit our website at www.jceatonmysteries.com or find us on Facebook
We are also on Twitter @JCEatonauthor and can be found on Instagram.
Meet Ann and Jim, Writing as J.C. Eaton
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, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit us at:
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. 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 www.jceatonmysteries.com and the blog at www.jceatonauthor.com
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