Review: Murder on Cue

cover33821-mediumMurder on Cue by Jane Dentinger

In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late

Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet’s understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one—and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect.

With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on.

Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask

The first book of a new series featuring struggling theatre actress, Jocelyn O’Roarke, Murder on Cue mixes the dramatic world of the theatre with a good old murder mystery.  Finding herself the prime suspect in disliked actress Harriet Weldon’s death, Jocelyn must fight to clear her name.

I enjoyed the countless references to theatre and literature.  I felt completely immersed in Jocelyn’s world, which made it more enjoyable.  I am a big fan of theatre, so many of the references were not lost on me.  I’m not sure how a lesser theatre fan would fare, however.

Murder on Cue has all the ingredients of an old fashioned murder mystery with a hint of more recent books, slightly reminiscent of the likes of Janet Evanovich, but with a luvvie twist.

I give Murder on Cue 4/5 stars.

I received an advanced reader copy from the publishers Open Road Integrated Media, in exchange for an honest review.

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