Author: Jill Churchill
Original language: English
It’s summer in the Chicago suburbs, and Jane Jeffry and her best friend, Shelley, are testing caterers on a local theater group, now ensconced in a building Shelley’s husband donated to the community college. An enchanting and famous elderly actress is taking part, along with her far less pleasant actor husband. When one of the most irritating of the younger actors is found murdered, Jane, Shelley, and Jane’s detective sweetie, Mel, are all swept up in the search for whodunit. What usually charms about this series is the genuine warmth between Jane and Shelley, Jane and Mel, and Jane’s three adolescent children. This time there’s a little too much teaching in the wobbly plot, however, as Churchill ladles on the details about local theater production and Jane’s needlepoint classes.