Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Revved Up 4 Murder - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Revved Up 4 Murder (A Sophie Kimball Mystery #12) by J.C. Eaton

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:  Publisher

Description:  The seniors of Sun City West are celebrating again, this time over the news that Wayne from the pinochle club finally has a chance to restore his classic car. Phee goes along for the ride, but her thoughts are on her agency’s latest case—a priceless artifact that’s missing from the local museum. It’s an antique doll supposedly filled with treasure—but also carrying a curse for whoever possesses it. Then a dead body is found under Wayne’s car, along with signs of foul play, and Phee is coaxed into helping get him off the hook. It’s clear to Phee that the victim was killed by sabotaged machinery, but the garage attracts so much foot traffic that narrowing down a list of suspects will be nearly impossible. Harder still will be keeping her mother’s gaggle of friends from meddling in the case, especially after they throw a wrench into the works by trying to locate the missing doll. Soon Phee and the whole group are careening toward a head-on collision with a thief, a killer, and a cursed doll, and she can only hope they don’t drive her insane—or worse—make her the next victim . . .

Genre: Mystery - Cozy    

Why I Picked This Book:  I have really enjoyed this series and have kept up with it from the first book.  

My Impression: This series is my favorite bit of chaos and this latest book was no exception.  Phee is hoping for a peaceful bit of time but first a possibly possessed doll has gone missing and then a member of the Automotive Club is found trapped under the hood of a member's car.  A member who just happens to be Wayne - part of the world of Sun City West and friends with Phee's mother Harriet and the rest of the book club crew.  

This was a fun read from beginning to end.  I especially loved the appearance of Rollo (the computer genius who requests to be paid in kitchen appliances) and Phee's Aunt Ina's "help".  While there is a lot of zaniness there's also a solid mystery that kept me guessing as well as a likable cast of characters.  I love seeing Phee and Marshall together - especially in their calm moments.

This is a series I have read from the very first book and I enjoyed this book just as much as the other books in the series.  If you enjoy a fun cozy this series is a must read.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I've really enjoyed every book in the series and will read anything I come across by this author.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozies with a bit of a zany spin this series is a must read!

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


  1. Zany can be fun. And what a cute cover.

  2. Nothing better than a new book in a series you really like. So amusing about being paid in kitchen appliances!