Dressed Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

I’m Finally Taking Center Stage in Dressed Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

I had to wait until their sixth novel before the authors, Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J.C. Eaton, realized I should have a major role in at least one of their cozy mysteries in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries. After all, why should Sophie, aka Phee, get all the credit? Even if she is the amateur sleuth and the protagonist.

I’m Streetman, and I’m the adorable little Chiweenie dog who belongs to Phee’s mother Harriet Plunkett. Hmm, most people wouldn’t exactly use the word adorable when it came to describing me but I have heard words like: neurotic and unpredictable. Well, now everyone can add a new word – investigator.

Granted, I’m not quite Scooby-do, but if it wasn’t for me, the dead body underneath the bar-b-que grill in our neighbor’s yard would still be rotting away until they returned from Canada. Did I mention the neighbors are snowbirds and we live in a senior retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona? Well, now you know.

Anyway, about that body…I kept smelling something strange and it wasn’t the usual rabbit droppings that I love to snatch up when Harriet isn’t looking. I persisted enough one afternoon when Phee was visiting her mother and the two of them walked over to the grill. However, I get all the credit for pulling the tarp back and revealing a pair of men’s shoes – with the dead man still wearing them.

Needless to say, it was all sheriff cars and Harriet screaming after that. I wasn’t sure if it was because of the dead body or because she thought I’d ruin the costume she had me try on for one of the doggie pet parade contests that were fast approaching. Ugh. Maybe Harriet liked entering me in those things but I despised them. The costumes were uncomfortable and I couldn’t get a good whiff of the other dogs when all of us were decked out as if it was a cotillion.

It was fall and Harriet had entered me in all three community contests – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/Hanukkah. Now she was a nervous wreck. Worried sick that a crazed killer was on the loose.

Well, I was worried, too. Worried I’d have to put up with that snooty Sir Breckenthall the third, who was also entered into those contests. So what if he was a pedigreed King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.  He lifted his leg up like the rest of us.

Then the news from the dead man’s toxicology report came out and it sent Harriet over the edge. The man was poisoned by a Sago Palm. A Sago Palm! Those things were all over the place on everyone’s lawn and were extremely toxic. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about.

So, she put her daughter Phee to work on solving the man’s suspicious death while having me prance around in different costumes trying to decide which one would upstage Sir Breckenthall the third.

But that’s not all. I alerted her to another situation behind her house and another crime, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I hope you’ll get your paws on a copy of Dressed Up 4 Murder and let the authors know that you’d like to see more of me. Well, I hope you will….I may not be adorable, but I do have my moments.

Your friend, Streetman Plunkett 

Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton

About Dressed Up 4 Murder

Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724550
ISBN-13: 978-1496724557
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

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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