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Dressed Up 4 Murder, Where Streetman Takes Center stage!

IN THE April 29 ISSUE

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by J.C. Eaton

J.C. Eaton is the husband and wife writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Dressed Up 4 Murder, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

One of the things we enjoy most about writing our Sophie Kimball Mysteries, is creating quirky characters whose antics shine. We introduced reluctant sleuth Sophie (Phee) Kimball and her demanding mother Harriet, along with Harriet’s dog, Streetman, and a cadre of book club ladies and pinochle players. Then we added Phee’s seventy-four-year-old Aunt Ina to the mix, a free-spirit who never left the sixties.

As the series progressed, we heard from a number of readers and fans that they wanted to see more of Streetman, a neurotic Chiweenie whom Harriet adopted and spoiled rotten. So, when we sat down to pen Dressed Up 4 Murder, we thought now was the time to have the murder mystery center around the dog. The storyline revolves around a series of holiday costume contests for dogs of all breeds and ages at Harriet’s senior living community. Beginning with Halloween and terminating with St. Patrick’s Day, poor Streetman is forced to endure costume fittings and strolls past the judges at each event. Not an easy task for a dog who was once banned from the Sun City West Dog Park for his unwelcome advances toward unsuspecting female dogs.

But the costume contests become the least of Streetman’s and Harriet’s problems when the dog discovers a dead body under the grill in Harriet’s neighboring yard. Poor Phee is put to the test as she tries to figure out whodunit.

Well, we were put to the test when we tried to figure out what murder weapon to use. Jim was adamant we use a poison since he had just purchased a nifty little guide to common poisons for authors to consider (Yep. Great bedtime reading). Having scoured the book from top to bottom, he decided to take it one step further and research poisonous plants in Arizona, where the murder mystery takes place.

Sure enough, we hit pay-dirt with the Sago Palm, a gorgeous decorative palm that can be found in most landscaped areas. Decorative and poisonous as all get-up-and-go! Apparently, every bit of that plant is toxic to pets and humans. Needless to say, once we discovered that tidbit of info, we became fanatics about keeping our own dog away from those palms during his neighborhood walks. That led us to creating Streetman’s walking map.

Harriet had designed a walking map for Streetman in the event that she needed Phee to walk him. The map included places he liked to sniff and places that Phee needed to avoid, such as the house with the crazy screaming lady who came outside if the dog so much as stepped a paw on her gravel yard. Now, knowing about the Sago Palm, Harriet rewrote the map to document every single Sago Palm in her neighborhood.

And, as if poisonous plants wasn’t enough, we needed to research fish-based health and dog foods since it figured heavily in our sub-plot. Now we can safely say we know more about consuming the Asian Carp than we do about eating meat, eggs, or poultry.

Allowing Streetman to take center stage in this novel was so much fun for us. With a litany of neuroses, the dog’s penchant for getting into trouble became more obvious with each chapter. Hope you can check out the fun in Dressed Up 4 Murder and be sure to visit our website at: www.jceatonmysteries.com. Just stay away from Sago Palms and be sure to read the labels on your pet food!

To enter to win a copy of Dressed Up 4 Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “dressed up,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 9, 2020. US only, and must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email be sure to include your mailing address in case you win-emails will be deleted when the contest is over. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also listen to our new mystery podcast where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. A new episode went up this week!

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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 Beyond the Page Publishing), and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name.
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.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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1 Carol Knudtson April 30, 2020 at 6:16am

This sounds like such a fun series. I love that picture of the little dog so much. Thanks for the giveaway.

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2 Pearl April 30, 2020 at 7:40am

Dressed Up For murder is unique and intriguing. Thanks.

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3 Glen Davis April 30, 2020 at 11:04am

Very interesting. Include me in the drawing!

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4 Teresa Warner April 30, 2020 at 11:39am

Sounds like a fun series, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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5 Alicia April 30, 2020 at 1:17pm

Awesome that this is centered around the dog and I love your research process!
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6 Dianne Casey April 30, 2020 at 3:09pm

New series. to me. Sounds like a fun series.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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7 Kara Marks May 1, 2020 at 12:20am

Sounds really good! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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8 Kara Marks May 1, 2020 at 1:44am

I’d love to read this! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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9 Mary Holshouser May 1, 2020 at 9:12am

The mother gets overbearing.
I hope I’m not like her. Fun
read, though. thanks
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10 Taylor R Williams May 3, 2020 at 10:34am

I haven’t read this series yet but sure would like to – thank for the chance to win – trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

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11 Donamae May 4, 2020 at 12:13pm

Sounds interesting and fun to read. Thank you for the chance new to me and can’t wait to read it ?

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12 Donamae May 4, 2020 at 12:14pm

Sounds interesting and fun to read. I don’t think my comment posted before. Thank you for the chance

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13 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 11, 2020 at 10:01am

We have a winner!

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