The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .
Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theater. If nothing else, it’s a welcome escape from the thirty-something’s usual going-to-bed-with-a-mystery-novel routine. But when Jerome Angleton, a well-respected member of the theater company, is inexplicably found murdered on the loading dock, deadly drama transcends the stage—and the page. As a crime wave crashes over the small town, the spotlight is on Dodie to orchestrate her own investigation behind the scenes . . . before someone has a chance at a killer encore. (Goodreads)
Dodie has moved to Etonville after a hurricane destroyed her life on the Jersey Shore. She is now a manager in a restaurant and she helps out when she can at the community theater. But when one of the members of the theater community is killed, she decides that she needs to find the murderer, before the stage fades to black for someone else.
The characters are well rounded and three dimensional. I especially liked reading about the interaction between Dodie and her good friend, Lola. You could tell that they were good friends and had each other’s back, no matter what happened. I am looking forward to learning more about them in future books and watching more relationships developing, including a possible love interest for Dodie.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching the action take place. The mystery is carried on well throughout the whole book and there were enough suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy behind the scenes action, this book will really hold your interest.