Review “THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER” By Libby Klein
Poppy McAllister is excited to open Butterfly House, the quaint Queen Anne home she and her Aunt Ginny have renovated as a bed and breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey. Her return to Cape May after a long absence has been jam-packed with surprises—some good, some not so good. Tops on the good side is Poppy’s possible rekindled romance with her ex-fiancé, Tim, now owner of a successful local restaurant who hired Poppy to bake gluten-free pastries for the eatery. Tying at number one on the good side of Poppy’s list is hunky Italian barista Gia Larusso, who not only has given Poppy the chance to feature her baked goodies at his establishment but has also professed his love for her. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Poppy’s being pressed by both to choose between them.
Poppy’s not the only one in the family with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high school beau, Royce Hanson, has returned to Cape May to star in the Senior Center staging of Mama Mia. Will the spark be rekindled between them after Royce ditched Ginny years ago to become a professional actor with another high school classmate, Blanche Carrigan?
When Royce arrives at the Senior Center, he sets all the geriatric female hearts aflutter, especially Aunt Ginny’s and her posse of girlfriends, nicknamed “The Biddies” by Poppy. But the course of late-in-life love rarely runs smooth as Blanche Carrigan is also vying for Royce’s affection, and is doing everything she can to make Aunt Ginny’s life hell.
Slated to open February 13th, the problem-plagued production seems to be cursed from the start—with stolen props, sabotage, and even a death threat. Things turn tragic when a cast member plunges to his death off a catwalk, and it’s clearly murder. Mamma Mia indeed!
“Theater Nights Are Murder” is a well-plotted mystery with great characters, a love triangle (or two), and laughs on every page. Lots of fun!
Review “Theater Nights Are Murder” by Libby Klein
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