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    JUST IN TIME by Suzanne Trauth

    JUST IN TIME by Suzanne Trauth is the 4th book in the A Dodie O'Dell Mystery series. It’s a story of the adventures of Dodie O’Dell, manager of the Windjammer Restaurant, juggling her “regular” job which includes not only her regular duties but also coordinating the contest meals, the concession stand for the musical and keeping her boss, Henry, happy and the new sous chef who seems to be exuberantly happy all the time reeled in There is a combined production of the Etonville Little Theatre’s (know at the ELT) and the neighboring Creston Players to doing an amateur productions of Bye Bye Birdie. The musical is to be staged in Etonville, which is a big deal for the whole town. Dodie devises a plan to connect with the musical by convincing Henry, the owner of Windjammer, to having contests through planned menus at the restaurant that will pick the food for a pre-show picnic by popularity. The meals and the contest are a big hit in – thanks in part to the enthusiastic new sous chef, Wilson - a recent culinary school graduate from Haiti. When the rehearsal accompanist, Ruby Passonata who is part of the Creston Players, dies in her car along the side of the road from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, the show takes somewhat of a tail spin trying to find her replacement at such short notice so close to the show’s opening. The show seems to be saved with Alex Milken, musical director, steps in and says he will take on that role along with his own. When Dodie starts hearing so many conflicting statements from what she had seen and heard from Ruby herself in their short time together, it makes her wonder that maybe Ruby didn’t just accidently die. Was it a case of her death having some help? Was she MURDERED? With the help of her beau, Etonville Police Chef Bill Thompson (former NFL running back), and BFF Lola Tripper, and Pauli (BFF Carol’s son – Carol owns the local rumor center the Snippet Salon), Dodie finds many details of Ruby’s previous life – including that she was a child musical prodigy - and clues point to the facts she was indeed murdered. Now they just have to find out by who! Reading JUST IN TIME trying to solve the crime and proving who did it make this book a page turner in a well-executed cozy mystery that will have pulling for Dodie - not only for her crime solving talents but also in the romantic interest with Bill, falling in love with Wilson and his joy for living and listening for the legendary whistle of Penny Ossining because the show must go on. Although it’s the fourth book in the series, I had no trouble as a first time reader of this series, in jumping in learning who was who and staying up to speed at all. I highly recommend this book to those that love cozy mysteries that keep you on your toes keeping you guessing and second guess up to the very end with a touch of romance. You won’t be disappointed!
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    I loved it!

    I highly recommend this fourth book in the series. I enjoyed the small town amateur theatre, the Windjammer restaurant, along with the interesting and well written characters. The whodunit was well paced and kept me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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