Aug 21, 2020

Deadly Drama by Jody Holford

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing the 4th installment in the Britton Bay Mystery series, "Deadly Drama" by Jody Holford. I found it to be as enjoyable and entertaining as the previous 3 books.

Newspaper editor and amateur sleuth Molly Owens takes center stage when it's curtains for a theater director . . .
 
Living in the beautiful coastal town of Britton Bay, Oregon, seems like the perfect fit for Molly. She enjoys her work as editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin, loves her boyfriend Sam, and feels at home in the adorable cottage in the back of his mother's bed and breakfast.

This spring Britton Bay is staging its first-ever community theater production. The show—featuring local residents—is the talk of the town, but tongues are really wagging over the director. It turns out former soap opera actress Magnolia Sweet is anything but; nothing's worse than a has-been on a power trip, and steely Magnolia routinely chews out her amateur cast.

Still, it's a shock to all when she's found murdered in the theater. Now it's open call for suspects, as Molly steps in to shine a spotlight on a killer waiting in the wings. But will this be her final act?

I was happy to be transported back to Britton Bay on the Oregon coast, (which is also on my wishlist to visit once covid is over).  Jody is very good at describing the setting etc. so I can picture it in my mind as the story unfolds.  The main set of characters were just as fabulous as in the previous books Jill, Molly, Sam and Katherine and who can forget the bouncing dog Tigger.  Plus local homeless man, Corky was part of the story and I was glad to see how he was fairing.  All in all it was like visiting family and friends with an adventure thrown in. 

I found that this instalment was more like an intrigue romance novel, but I didnt mind (being that Jody writes romance this can be expected) It was nice to delve deeper into the relationship between Sam and Molly and we got a clearer picture of where it is going.  

The mystery was well written and had plenty of suspects who wanted the victim dead.  I did not suspect the killer till the end when the final pieces fell into place.  

I highly recommend this cozy mystery series to all my friends who love a cozy with romance thrown in.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. 
All of the above opinions are my own.

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