Sunday, March 8, 2020


I'm so happy to be a stop on the book tour for
Book 6 in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries
by J.C. Eaton

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 . . .



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 A Chat with J.C. Eaton

LKBR:  Thank you for joining us today, J.C. Please tell us a bit about Dressed Up 4 Murder.

JCE: This is the sixth novel in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries and one in which, Streetman, the neurotic Chiweenie dog belonging to the sleuth’s mother, takes center stage. He’s been entered into three doggie park costume contests, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah & Christmas, but right before the first contest he discovers a dead body under the neighbor’s grill.

Needless to say, Sophie Kimball, better known as Phee, finds herself investigating the death, only to find the man was poisoned by ingesting the toxins from the Sago Palm, a decorative plant that’s quite popular with landscapers.

And while Harriet, Phee’s mother, is all but hysterical that poor Streetman will ingest something toxic in the neighborhood, Phee’s convinced this was no accident.

As the dog labors through the costume contests, he winds up competing with a spoiled canine whose owner will stop at nothing to have her dog win.
The novel combines two plot threads and takes readers on a comical path with twists and turns until the last page.

LKBR: What are you plans for this series?

JCE: The series will continue with Broadcast 4 Murder and Tapped 4 Murder as Harriet and her friends keep Phee busy with more murders and a plethora of antics that don’t stop. Look for Phee’s relationship with detective Marshall Gregory to take a new turn. We’re enjoying this series and plan to keep it going.

LKBR: Are you working on any new projects?

JCE: Yes! Our wine trail mysteries, set in New York’s Finger Lakes, will continue as Divide and Concord gets released this summer. In addition, our Marcie Rayner detective series, set in Minnesota, will continue with Murder at Classy Kitchens.
We continue to juggle three series and hope to keep everything in motion.

LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

JCE: Ann started writing in the first grade and Jim only wrote when he had to. Ann always knew she wanted to be a writer but Jim only found that out when they joined forces to pen their first cozy mystery, Booked 4 Murder.

LKBR: Was getting your first book published everything you thought it would be? The feelings? The process?

JCE: Ann had written a number of time travel mysteries for young adults so she was familiar with the process. ( However, it was a major eye-opener for both of us when we landed an agent and were offered our first contract as J.C. Eaton. We were, and continue to be, ecstatic. 

LKBR: How did you handle it when changes were made to your first manuscript? I don’t have a thick skin, so I know how I would have felt.

JCE: Booked 4 Murder underwent so many changes that it was virtually another book when it hit the market. A much better book, we have to say. The original book did not include Streetman and our editor asked if we would add a pet to the story. Needless to say, not only did we add him, he went from a minor character to a major player.
Our agent and our editors have an amazing grasp on what makes readers gravitate to a story. Therefore, we accept their advice, criticism, and changes. It’s a team process.

LKBR: What is your favorite part of being a writer?

JCE: Letting our imaginations go wild! We love writing the dialogues together and wondering who we’re going to knock off (on paper) next.

LKBR: Have you ever read a book that has stayed with you long after reading it?

JCE: Yes. John Grisham’s The Reckoning, detailed the Bataan Death March in World War II and the imagery was difficult to forget. On the light side, we are still laughing at Susan Isaac’s After All These Years.

LKBR: Why are reviews, good or bad, so important to authors?

JCE: Reviews are a “heads-up” for readers and with so many books out there, readers must make choices. True, reviews are subjective, but they give readers a general idea of whether or not the book is worth discovering. We recommend that readers look at a number of reviews and not just one or two.
Reviews help authors identify what works and what should be canned the next time around.

LKBR: On what sites do you recommend readers leave their reviews?

JCE: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

LKBR: If you could spend one hour with a reader, what would you want to talk about?

JCE: We’d love to know what genres they enjoy and what authors as well. Also, what themes draw them into a book.

LKBR: Thank you so much, for letting J.C. for letting us get to know you better!


My Review

J.C. Eaton is back with another entertaining installment in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries!

I fell in love with the first book in this series, and just knew I was going to love everyone thereafter. Well, the author has made that very easy to do. Between the wonderful writing, great characters (human and Chaweenie,), and edge of chair mystery plots, it’s hard to put down a book in this series. Oh, by put down, I mean both put it down to stop reading, and put it done by saying bad things about it, because there aren’t any!

DRESSED UP 4 MURDER is the perfect new addition to this series. I spent half the book holding my breath though this mystery and during parts of the investigation into the murder, and I spent the other half laughing at some wonderfully funny scenes/comments/characters. Honestly, by the time I finished the book, I was both exhausted and sad it was over.

If you haven’t yet read this series, it’s time that you did. While DRESSED UP 4 MURDER “could” be read as a standalone, you’ll benefit and enjoy it better if you have read the other books. So, yay! Binge reading!


About J.C. Eaton

  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. 
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  1. Sounds great, Lisa! Happy Sunday, to you!

  2. Thank you for your review on "DRESSED UP 4 MURDER" by J.C. Eaton and for being part of the book tour.

    Enjoyed reading the interview. Can't wait for the opportunity to dive into this great sounding book under that adorable cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. OH love book cover and excerpt. Love books like this and would love to read and review the print version.
    I do hope I win giveaway.
    My name is Crystal.
    Thank You,

  4. Oh gracious what a fun book Sophie 'Phee ' Kimballs mom harriett
    Mom has Phee taking the Chiweenie dog Streetman ( "" ) to a holiday extravaganza Costume event...oh my goodness.. I can see the silliness abound. Setting up the murder.
    This is fantastic. A.must hsvp 🍀🎶🌷💐

  5. I love reading all these posts! This is my comfy spot