Wednesday, January 16, 2019



Bowled over . . .

Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.

But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .

Book Details:

Title: Botched 4 Murder

Author: J.C. Eaton (Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp)

Genre: Cozy mystery
Series: Sophie Kimball Mystery, book 4

Publisher: Kensington (December 2018)

Print length: 283 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Things you need in order to write:
Jim: Paper and pen.
Ann: Computer, absolute quiet room, chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing:
Jim: Misplacing my reading glasses.
Ann: Noise, Dog needing to go outside the minute I sit down to write, cats bellowing for food whenever I’m at the computer. 

Things you love about writing:
Jim: The freedom to let my mind wander.
Ann: Setting my own schedule.
Things you hate about writing:
Jim and Ann: Editing.

Easiest thing about being a writer:Jim and Ann: Being our own boss!
Hardest thing about being a writer:

Jim and Ann: Juggling our time.

Things you love about where you live:
Jim: The weather.
Ann: Swimming all year long.
Things that make you want to move:
Jim and Ann: Monsoon season in Arizona.

Things you never want to run out of:
Jim: Toilet paper.
Ann: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought:
Jim: A food dehydrator.
Ann: Wrinkle cream

Favorite foods:
Jim: Pizza.
Ann: New York Style Chinese food and calamari.
Things that make you want to throw up: 
Jim: IRS forms and chopped liver.
Ann: Pet messes and asparagus.

Favorite music or song:
Jim: The Band, The Grateful Dead, jazz.
Ann: The Band, The Grateful Dead, showtunes, and Italian Opera.
Music that makes  your ears bleed:
Jim and Ann: Elevator Music, Punk Rock.

Favorite beverage:
Jim: Orange Juice.
Ann: Coke.

Something that gives you a pickle face:
Jim: Garlic bologna.
Ann: Honey.

Favorite smell:
Jim: Spaghetti Sauce.
Ann: Petunias.
Something that makes you hold your nose:
Jim and Ann: The cat litter box.

Something you’re really good at:
Jim: Construction, home repairs, cooking.

Something you’re really bad at:
Ann: Home repairs, cooking

Last best thing you ate:
Jim: Deep dish pizza in Chicago.
Ann: New York Style Egg Rolls.

Last thing you regret eating:
Jim: Calamari.
Ann: Peanut Butter.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Jim: A home-cooked Italian meal.
Ann: Shrimp in lobster sauce
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Jim: Spiders.
Ann: Scorpions.

Favorite places you’ve been:
Jim and Ann: Moscow, Ottawa, Toronto, London, The Caribbean.

Places you never want to go to again:
Jim and Ann: Upstate New York in the dead of winter.

Things that make you happy:
Jim and Ann: Good friends, good books, our pets.
Things that drive you crazy:
Jim and Ann: Grouchy people, last minute deadlines.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico.
Something you chickened out from doing:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico again!


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.

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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