MOLDED 4 MURDER
SERIES: Sophie Kimball Mystery #5
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019
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 …
Trudy grabbed my arm and whispered, “There’s one more thing.”
Here it comes. Whatever it is, I can only imagine.
“Sharon Smyth is beside herself over that clay jar she bought. The woman was in tears.”
“I know for a fact the clay club is having another sale on June thirtieth,” I said. “That’s coming up pretty soon. She can always buy another jar.”
“That’s what we thought, too, dear, but Sharon was still distraught.”
Wait until she sees my mother’s creations. It’ll give a whole new meaning to the word “distraught.”
“Yes,” Gertie added, “you’d think that silly jar was worth a fortune the way that woman carried on. Wouldn’t you say so, Trudy?”
“I would. Indeed, I would. She’s still carrying on. And acting strangely, too. Refusing to go out on excursions like shows or shopping. If it keeps up, she’ll be a regular recluse. So, you see, it’s really important, Miss Kimball, that you find out who stole these items.”
“I’ll do my best.”
The two sisters, with their matching teal capris and polka-dotted blouses, went directly to their limo.
“So, what did you find out?” Augusta asked when they left.
“Not much. Sounds like the usual stuff that probably happens in college dorms and all sorts of residences where there’s a large population. Petty theft. I mean, if I were to add up all the stuff that was taken, it wouldn’t even equal twenty-five dollars, but that’s not the point. The residents are feeling very uncomfortable and one woman is taking it to the extreme.”
“Yeesh. So I guess that means you’ll be on the case, so to speak.”
“Not a case. A favor for two elderly sisters. I’ve got Saturday off. I’ll drop by the Lillian and have a word with their director. See what I can find out.”
“You’re a good soul, Phee. Just don’t get too deep in the mire. Makes it hard to wipe your boots.”
Just then the phone rang and Augusta grabbed it. I could hear her customary greeting of “Williams Investigations. How can I help you?” But instead of the usual banter that follows those calls, all I heard was, “Uh-oh. Okay. Okay, I will.”
I hesitated to return to my office. Something was off. “What’s the matter, Augusta? What is it?”
“Looks like the mud you’re going to be wiping off your feet is waiting for you in Sun City West. That was Nate. I was right all along. It was a homicide the sheriff ’s department was investigating. Some guy found dead in his garage.”
Suddenly the corned beef sandwich I had eaten for lunch wasn’t settling too well. “Not anyone I know?”
“I don’t think so, but Nate wants you to call your mother and go over to her house.”
“My mother? Why? What’s she got to do with this?”
“The guy they found was holding a piece of paper with two names on it. Your mother’s was one of them.”
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, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) was released in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com
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. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) was released in June 2017. 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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