I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Show Time by Suzanne M. Trauth
Published by Lyrical Underground on July 19th 2016
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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.
There is no such thing as a Jersey girl.
What I thought of this book
Dodie is from the Jersey shore and she loved being able to look out at the water, but when Hurricane Sandy hit it wiped out her job so she had to move. Now she lives in Etonville which is not by the shore, but she is surviving. She loves her job as the Manager of Windjammer a local eatery.
Her friend Lola helps Walter at the Etonville Little Theater (ELT) and they do some pretty good plays but now Walter wants to try Shakespeare and Lola needs Dodie’s help. She is afraid that Walter has taken on to much and thought Dodie could help manage things as she is good and organization.
Jerome is one of the older regulars at Windjammers and also a part of the ELT. He was worried about some things going on at the ELT and told Dodie about how there was some money missing from the ELT account. Then later he turns around and tells her to forget what he said, but he did want to talk to her. She was too busy right then so she said she would talk to him later and then that never happened because he is dead.
Nobody has a clue who killed Jerome but Dodie is determined to figure it out. Walter becomes a person of interest at one point but not really a suspect. It just seems like nobody she knows would be capable of such a horrible thing. She starts to unravel some things and it always seems like they have a lot of pieces to the puzzle but still need the connecting pieces.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one as I wasn’t sure about the theater, especially Walter (he is annoying), but I quickly started to enjoy Dodie and the other characters and just sort of ignored Walter. I guess he is the epitome of a theater director but he was just plan annoying.
Dodie was a fun character and she is very good at sluething. She is also a very busy lady because if she wasn’t at Windjammer she was at ELT and then sluething. She just about wore me out. I was really surprised at how accomedating the police chief was at letting her help with the case. Normally they want them to stay away, but Bill was okay with her helping, (except one instance)
The side characters were great except for Walter. Lola helps at the ELT and I am so not sure who she puts up with Walter. Carol has the rumor mill, aka hair salon. Bill is the new police chief in town, single, nice looking and I see a romance a brewing with him and Dodie as the series progresses.
The mystery in this one was really good and I almost didn’t figure it out before the MC, but I did.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries then you will enjoy this one and I can’t wait to see what else will happen with Dodie and those from the ELT.