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Just in Time is the forth in the Dodie O Dell mystery series by Suzanne Trauth The action takes place with Dodie splitting her time between Windjammer, her restaurant, and rehearsals and performance of Bye Bye Birdie, the current production being offered by the local community theater in cooperation with the community theater from a neighboring town This is my first read in the series, so I didn t get as much introduction and description of many of the secondary characters as might exist in e Just in Time is the forth in the Dodie O Dell mystery series by Suzanne Trauth The action takes place with Dodie splitting her time between Windjammer, her restaurant, and rehearsals and performance of Bye Bye Birdie, the current production being offered by the local community theater in cooperation with the community theater from a neighboring town This is my first read in the series, so I didn t get as much introduction and description of many of the secondary characters as might exist in earlier books It is not essential to this mystery to have read the earlier books, however it may be the reason some of the characters come across as not being as fully developed as the reader might like There were some indications that relationships among some of the secondary characters have grown through the books and if you are interested in following those types of storylines you might do well to read the books in order Clues and red herrings are liberally sprinkled throughout the book, along with some threads of what appear to be continuing relationship threads from earlier novels The mystery was, for me, easy to solve well before the denouement, and in advance of when Dodie, the protagonist, realized the who and why of this particular murder It was still fun to read to the end to find out if I was right This is a light read, perhaps best suited for taking with you to the beach or on vacation There were some characters, Wilson and Henry to name a couple, who appeared to havedepth and who I would enjoy seeing in even larger roles Particularly Wilson s obvious zest for life is a refreshing and joyful part of the book and a great foil for Henry s darker,critical personality If the series continues it would be interesting to see how these characters and their relationships continue to grow and progress Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Just in Time by Suzanne Trauth is the 4th book in the Dodie O Dell Mystery series, and a very enjoyable read Dodie is rebuilding her new life in Etonville, NJ after her job and home when they got swept away by Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey shores Dodie is the manager of the Windjammer restaurant and she coordinates menu s to go along with the theater s latest show The cast is doing a musical for the first time, Bye Bye Birdie When the accompanist is found dead in her car, Dodie s is determin Just in Time by Suzanne Trauth is the 4th book in the Dodie O Dell Mystery series, and a very enjoyable read Dodie is rebuilding her new life in Etonville, NJ after her job and home when they got swept away by Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey shores Dodie is the manager of the Windjammer restaurant and she coordinates menu s to go along with the theater s latest show The cast is doing a musical for the first time, Bye Bye Birdie When the accompanist is found dead in her car, Dodie s is determined to find out the truth This book hastwists and turns, that kept me interested to find out what would happen next I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and quirky characters, and I found myself chuckling to myself I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend this book series.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review The Windjammer Restaurant is managed by Dodie O Dell and when she isn t keeping the peace between chef Henry and his new sous chef, she s diving into the past of Ruby who recently passed away in suspicious circumstances While Eatonville community theatre group is putting on an Al fresco production of Bye Bye Birdie, Dixie juggles the restaurant, food contests, concession sales and her investigation Stepped into this series at number 4, and while it took me a little while to get up to speed, The Windjammer Restaurant is managed by Dodie O Dell and when she isn t keeping the peace between chef Henry and his new sous chef, she s diving into the past of Ruby who recently passed away in suspicious circumstances While Eatonville community theatre group is putting on an Al fresco production of Bye Bye Birdie, Dixie juggles the restaurant, food contests, concession sales and her investigation Stepped into this series at number 4, and while it took me a little while to get up to speed, it was only a minor snag The characters are quite interesting, as was the plot Adding this to my list of cozy series worth reading This was also fun I enjoyed that Dodie gets caught up in this one, not because she s investigating the case, but because she s curious about the victim s past she was an elderly woman who was a piano prodigy and abandoned a promising career overnight I also enjoyed Wilson, the new sous chef, though his clumsiness was perhaps overplayed Slapstick isn t often particularly effective in print Also, continue to enjoy Dodie and Bill as a couple. Dodie O Dell s Windjammer Restaurant has a number of new characters in the fourth book in this series The Etonville Little Theatre s amateur productions are co hosting with the Creston players to produce a musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE Before rehearsals begin the musical director, Zoe is found dead in her car The newly hired sous chief, Wilson adds much humor to the book Dodie s boyfriend tells her to stay out of the investigation Dodie is looking for answers when her internet search undercover Dodie O Dell s Windjammer Restaurant has a number of new characters in the fourth book in this series The Etonville Little Theatre s amateur productions are co hosting with the Creston players to produce a musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE Before rehearsals begin the musical director, Zoe is found dead in her car The newly hired sous chief, Wilson adds much humor to the book Dodie s boyfriend tells her to stay out of the investigation Dodie is looking for answers when her internet search undercover a shocking secret from Zoe s past Dodie s beloved car has problems flat tires, brakes gave out and worse the car catches on fire DISCOURSE Many thanks to Kensington Books for a review copy The opinions expressed are my own Just in Time is an engaging addition to this clever series by Suzanne Trauth.Dodie O Dell is a strong, colorful character who manages the Windjammer Restaurant She has a tendency to get mixed up in murder investigations, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend Bill, police chief at the sheriff s department.Having close connections to the local small theater, it s no surprise when Dodie becomes involved in another murder investigation.This particular book captured my attention from the beginning an Just in Time is an engaging addition to this clever series by Suzanne Trauth.Dodie O Dell is a strong, colorful character who manages the Windjammer Restaurant She has a tendency to get mixed up in murder investigations, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend Bill, police chief at the sheriff s department.Having close connections to the local small theater, it s no surprise when Dodie becomes involved in another murder investigation.This particular book captured my attention from the beginning and kept me engaged all the way through.All the characters work well together and this makes for an excellent cozy mystery.I m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley Princess Fuzzypants here Everybody has Got a lot of living to do when the local amateur theatre group performs Bye Bye Birdie That is everyone but the crotchety musical director Ruby is found dead in her car, asphyxiated by fumes It seems like a tragic accident until Dodie starts to research Ruby s life Then a strange series of events haunt her car, almost costing her her life.She is not really trying to figure out who murdered Ruby She is content to let the local police, including her b Princess Fuzzypants here Everybody has Got a lot of living to do when the local amateur theatre group performs Bye Bye Birdie That is everyone but the crotchety musical director Ruby is found dead in her car, asphyxiated by fumes It seems like a tragic accident until Dodie starts to research Ruby s life Then a strange series of events haunt her car, almost costing her her life.She is not really trying to figure out who murdered Ruby She is content to let the local police, including her boyfriend, do that She just finds theshe learns about Ruby, thequestions she has about her life It seems she was a famous performer who suddenly threw it all away Dodie is determined to find out whythat is if it doesn t kill her first.I loved the way the music and story lines of Birdie are woven throughout the plot Dodie is a great character but I have to admit her sous chef is my favourite character He is just a delight and so vividly written Whenever he came into the scene, I had to smile.The book was a light read but highly entertaining.I give it five purrs and two paws up &FREE ⇧ Just in Time ⇩ FACE THE MUSICBusiness is humming at Dodie O Dell s Windjammer Restaurant, where she offers theme menus connected to the Etonville Little Theatre s amateur productions This June, the theatre is collaborating with the neighboring Creston Players to stage Bye Bye Birdie under the stars their first musical There s a contest in the play to pick a fan to receive rock idol Conrad Birdie s last kiss before he ships off for the Army, so Dodie plans a contest to pick the food for a pre show picnicBut before the show opens, Ruby, the rehearsal accompanist, is found dead in her car Why would anyone murder the crusty old gal who loved to sneak a smoke and a nip between wisecracks Once again, the resourceful restaurant manager must play the part of amateur sleuth, accompanied by Police Chief Bill Thompson, who also happens to be her beau Confronted with a chorus of suspects, she ll need to stay composed to catch the killer or it ll be bye bye Dodie Dodie O Dell works at the Windjammer Cafe, and is helping with the Etonville Little Theater s latest production, Bye, Bye, Birdie They re performing with members of nearby Creston s theater group, and all seems to be coming together at first But soon it s apparent that there is trouble with the cast that keeps things from running smoothly The director Walter is unhappy that the woman he s enad of, Lola, is involved with another member of the crew, Dale Undershot Pauli, a local teen who s Dodie O Dell works at the Windjammer Cafe, and is helping with the Etonville Little Theater s latest production, Bye, Bye, Birdie They re performing with members of nearby Creston s theater group, and all seems to be coming together at first But soon it s apparent that there is trouble with the cast that keeps things from running smoothly The director Walter is unhappy that the woman he s enad of, Lola, is involved with another member of the crew, Dale Undershot Pauli, a local teen who s a whiz on computers and technology, is hankering for Janice, who plays the lead, but she seems to only have eyes for Romeo, who s playing Conrad Birdie And so it goesHowever, an elderly woman from Creston, Ruby Passonata, is the pianist and she s a genius at it but not very nice to the people around her In fact, there isn t anyone who wants to spend time with her and after seeing Dodie and her boyfriend Bill, who s the police chief of Etonville, she makes a cryptic remark about relationships that Dodie just doesn t understand When Ruby dies in what at first appears to be an accident but is soon discovered to be an attempt at hiding a murder, Bill is stumped and asks Dodie to keep her ears open and see if she hears anything about the Creston Players that could hint at who wanted to kill Ruby When Dodie and Lola venture out to Creston to Ruby s apartment to see if she has the cue notes needed for the play, they don t expect it to be so clean, Dodie finds a scrapbook that Ruby kept which details her early years, is surprised to find Ruby went to a prestigious music academy, and traveled world wide playing But the scrapbook mysteriously ends in 1969 and Dodie wants to know what stopped Ruby So she decides to try and find out why Ruby stopped her burgeoning career and wound up playing for a small town theater group So Dodie sets forth merely to find outabout the reclusive woman, but doesn t realize that in doing so she might be putting her own life in dangerFirst off, I have to say that this is the first book I ve read of Ms Trauth s, yet because it is the fourth in the series I rather expectedfrom the author I knew very little about the numerous characters and they seemed way too quirky for me In most books there is only one person who is quirky, but in this book everyone except Bill seems to be a little bit over the top in that area The other thing that bothered me is the way like, Pauli like, talks He sounds like a Valley girl I would have enjoyed his characterif he could actually form complete sentences once in a while.While I knew who the killer was almost immediately, to be fair, though, I read a lot of mysteries, so unless it s hidden well, I can usually figure it out just by something that s said or done early on , it was still interesting to me to learn the reasons why they wanted Ruby dead Bits and pieces were strewn throughout the story, so you didn t learn it all at once, and that s always a good thing The plot was done well, and I thought that everything came together nicely in the end there were a couple of harrowing moments for Dodie, but she bore them out decently and I have to say that I enjoyed the ending, giving us a promise of what is to come in future books Recommended 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 inThere is a combined production of the Etonville Little Theatre s kn 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 inThere 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