Title: Time Out (Dodie O'Dell Mysteries #2)
Author: Suzanne Trauth
The amateur actors at the Etonville Little Theatre may be known for chewing the scenery, but restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell has something more appetizing for them to sink their teeth into. She’s been taking bows in her small New Jersey town for her theme menus, designed to complement the local productions. This fall, the community theatre is staging Arsenic and Old Lace, set in 1940s Brooklyn, so Dodie is serving up hot dogs, Italian ices, egg creams, and knishes at the weekend food festival.
All is going well until Antonio Digenza, the ex-Off-Off-Broadway director of the show, dies dramatically while noshing on a knish. As rumors of food poisoning quickly spread, Dodie scrambles to rescue the Windjammer restaurant’s reputation. But when clues point to foul play, she’s faced with a cast of suspects all auditioning for the part of DiGenza’s murderer. She’ll need to act fast to shine a spotlight on the killer—before it’s curtains for another victim . . .
~Cozy Up With Kathy
The author brings you into the town with detailed and vivid pictures, you will feel like you are walking the streets in this town and visiting.
Time Out has a quirky cast of characters, and a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, secrets, intriguing twists and turns, clues, conspiracy theories, and a growing list of suspects that will keep you guessing and wanting more.
~Jersey Girl Book Reviews
I did find it easier to follow who is or was who and certain relationships between them because I had read the previous book in this series. I have a soft spot for community theatre and the off-beat, quirky kind of personalities that tend to gather there. It is a continuous love-hate family sort of feel.
As in the previous book, the production has not even opened before tragedy strikes.
This time the crime and resultant rumor tries to ruin not only the production but also the diner by association. Dodie can't help herself and finds her imagination running away with itself as she digs for clues. Some things she uncovers she wishes she never learned and naturally puts herself in danger.