Life is pretty routine and predictable in Etonville. Dodie O’Dell has made a new life for herself in the tightly knit town after leaving her beloved Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. She managers a popular restaurant in town, trades mystery books, with the high school’s retired English teacher, and has just agreed to help with the Etonville Little Theater’s newest production.
After only one night of auditions, Dodie is already second-guessing her decision to get involved. But her indecision evaporates in the light of the next morning, when she learns her friend Jerome has been murdered. Now the armchair mystery solver is determined to help the town’s new police chief get to the bottom of what happened.
As gossip circulates, Dodie uncovers some shocking secrets from the theater’s box office to the town’s library. Her unofficial investigations even reveal interesting love affairs, toxic friendships, and lethal connections.
Show Time is an interesting mystery, allowing readers to uncover and piece together the clues along with Dodie. Author Suzanne Trauth paints an enviable idyllic picture of small town life with a clear passion for the theater. I found the pace to be a little slow and the plot just a touch repetitive, but overall I think that Show Time was a good story.
Show Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Lyrical Underground (July 19, 2016)
Paperback: 228 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0174PKHFG
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.
About the Author
Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com.
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