Monday, March 14, 2022

Saddled Up 4 Murder - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Saddled Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Spring is in the air as Sun City West gears up for its annual Bye Bye Birdie festivities, when residents bid a fond farewell to the snowbirds and happily reclaim the town for themselves. But planning comes to a screeching halt when the town curmudgeon plummets to her death from the library bell tower and sheriff’s deputies suspect foul play. With the celebration on hold—and Phee’s mother worried that she won’t get her moment in the spotlight on a local TV show slated to cover the event—Phee is thrust into the role of sleuth once again to find the killer.

As Phee soon discovers, there’s no love lost between the town and the unfortunate victim, and with the clock ticking and virtually everyone a potential suspect, she’s got her work cut out for her. Then a passel of horseflesh goes missing, and Phee starts to think the two crimes might be connected. With the town on edge and high noon approaching, she’ll have to wrangle with a band of daring desperados and lasso a lawbreaker who’s dead set on sending her to boot hill

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my favorite series so of course I had to pick this one up!

My Impression: I just love this series and this was no different.  Harriet's book club is in full swing as is life at the dog park and all the different clubs in Sun City West.  My only complaint is that Nate and Marshall have very little page time as they are out chasing horse thieves.  

Phee is in a more direct investigating role.  She's pulled into it thanks to her mother (of course!) and this time doesn't have Marshall and Nate to use and a sounding board.  Luckily, Phee is intelligent and a quick thinker and doesn't slide too much into Too Stupid To Live territory (and when she skates around the edges there's solid motivation).

This is a fun series with lots of comedic moments that never falls into too quirky.  This series is a must read if you are a cozy lover!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Of course!  I'm a little concerned that the series is coming to an end as it recently changed publishers but if there is a next one I will be reading it.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Absolutely!  If you love cozies you really should try this series though I would start from the beginning so you can follow the character arcs.  

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Oh dear! Another good series. Perhaps the new publisher will be willing to continue with the series.

  2. I still need to read this one but I love this series!

  3. Sounds like such a cute series! Hopefully it will continue with the new publisher.

  4. What a cute book, and series. I love that dog saddled up and wearing a cowboy hat! Nice review!

  5. It has been too long since I last read a cozy!