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Show Time

(A Dodie O'Dell Mystery #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .
 
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jessica Robbins
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
One of the things I love most about cozy mysteries is the small town full of quirky characters, and Show Time by Suzanne Trauth delivers this in abundance. Despite the fact that someone is murdered, there are plenty of opportunities for subtle humor, thanks mostly to these previously mentioned quirky characters. I love books that make me chuckle, and this one does. Trauth does a great job writing banter, and I grinned through several dialogue exchanges. For instance, Edna and her overly dramatic ...more
Jenna
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is pretty routine and predictable in Etonville. Dodie O'Dell has made a new life for herself in the tightly knit town after leaving her beloved Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. She managers a popular restaurant in town, trades mystery books, with the high school's retired English teacher, and has just agreed to help with the Etonville Little Theater's newest production.

After only one night of auditions, Dodie is already second-guessing her decision to get involved. But her indecision eva
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A great debut to what promises to be a fun series!

With SHOW TIME, author Suzanne Trauth has penned a fast moving story, filled with mystery, intrigue, and humor. The plot was enjoyable. The multi-layered characters were as well developed as characters in a long running series. The mystery aspect was well written, and kept me guessing.

SHOW TIME was a wonderful story I didn’t want to put it down. A fun escape from the real world, one and I have every plan of visiting again in future installments.
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Lexxi Kitty
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Lyrical Underground (Kensington Books) in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I have read by this author (I include notes like this so that readers of the review know ‘where I’m coming from’ – if it’s the 1st book I’ve read by an author my interactions with the author’s work would be different than this had been the 21st book I’ve read).

This book is a cozy mystery set in New Jersey. There is something of a romance, but not
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Jeanne
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a fun and well-written little mystery! Throw in the theatre aspect and I loved it!
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dodie is from the Jersey shore and she loved being able to look out at the water, but when Hurricane Sandy hit it wiped out her job so she had to move. Now she lives in Etonville which is not by the shore, but she is surviving. She loves her job as the Manager of Windjammer a local eatery.

Her friend Lola helps Walter at the Etonville Little Theater (ELT) and they do some pretty good plays but now Walter wants to try Shakespeare and Lola needs Dodie’s help. She is afraid that Walter has taken on
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RO G'ma
Show Time is the first book in Suzanne Trauth’s Dodie O'Dell Mystery series. This is a fast-paced cozy mystery with some humor along the way. The mystery is solid and wrapped up in a way that allows for future adventures for these characters. The characters are well developed and relatable, the storyline fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing as to who committed the murder.

Dodie O’Dell is trying to rebuild her life after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Jersey Shore destroy
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Lisa Morin
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dodie O'Dell is rebuilding her life after Hurricane Sandy swept away her life on the Jersey Shore. Settling in to the town of Etonville, managing an upscale restaurant and ending her day curled up with a favorite mystery is her way of life.
When a close friend asks for assistance at the Etonville Little Theater, Dodie agrees, a little evening entertainment might be a nice change. The last thing Dodie expects is to be involved in a murder, creating rehearsal schedules and trying to figure out the
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Peggy R
This is the first book that I have read by this author and found it to be an enjoyable experience. This is a fast paced cozy mystery that has some humor along the way. I found the cast of characters to be well developed, interesting and relatable. I enjoyed the theater setting and getting a glimpse at the behind the scenes workings. I thought the mystery was solid and wrapped up in a way that allows for future adventures for these characters. While I did figure out the identity of the killer, th ...more
Sarah
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful start to a series!

Quirky and fun characters, well written mystery, food that always makes me hungry and get into arguments with myself about making sandwiches at 2am and a humorous story.

Dodie juggles her job as manager of the Windjammer restaurant with helping out her friend Lola in the towns theatre and solving the murder of her friend Jerome. It doesn't hurt that the new Chief is gorgeous and doesn't seem to mind her helping him out.

I will definitely continue on with this series, ju
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Karen
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this first in a series. Well paced whodunit with characters I look forward to reading more about.
Highly recommended.
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Show Time - Dodie O'Dell Mystery Book 1
Author: Suzanne Trauth
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 7-19-2016
Pages: 228
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Sub-Genre: Suspense, Women's Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Women's Fiction,
ISBN: 9781601837196
ASIN: B0174PKHFG
Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensington Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars


The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restauran
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DelAnne Frazee
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Show Time - Dodie O'Dell Mystery Book 1
Author: Suzanne Trauth
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 7-19-2016
Pages: 228
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Sub-Genre: Suspense, Women's Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Women's Fiction,
ISBN: 9781601837196
ASIN: B0174PKHFG
Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensington Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars


The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restauran
...more
Amanda
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As cozy mysteries go, I guess this wasn't bad, but it seemed a bit formulaic and predictable for my tastes. When a new character gets introduced at a key time, it's almost always a matter of them being either the villain or an obviously placed plant. I like the idea of most of the plot being centered around a small local theater, but beyond that I honestly wasn't all that impressed.
Marti
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for a minor annoying repetitive thing--"the short hairs" which was repeated enough to be annoying, this was fairly good. Set in New Jersey--where I lived for years--it has a murder, drama from community theatre, and amusing restaurant scenes.
Sherry
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Entertaining!

Excellent first in the series! It had the right blend of action, emotion, humor, & edge. Can't wait to read the next installment.
Suzanne
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A great start to a cozy mystery series -I will definitely be continuing this one!!
Karen
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Lines: There is no such thing as a Jersey girl. For example, if you lived below the Driscoll Bridge and were a citizen of the Jersey Show, as I had been for more of my life, you were not necessarily defined by certain hairstyles and a particular accent. You were more likely to have a six-month tan and a strong penchant for boardwalk fries and fresh oysters. So I was a Jersey Shore girl.

Ramble (with Faves on 4s): After Hurricane Sandy had devastated the Jersey Shore, Dodie O'Dell headed nor
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Kristina
Show Time by Suzanne Trauth is the first book in A Dodie O’Dell Mystery series. Dodie O’Dell is the manager of the Windjammer restaurant in Etonville, New Jersey. Dodie left the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. Etonville is a quaint small town and Dodie made a good friend in Lola Tripper. Lola is a retired science teacher who now spends her time at the Etonville Little Theatre (ELT for short). Dodie convinced Windjammer’s owner, Henry, to start a dinner and theater affair. Dodie creates speci ...more
Jane Reads
I read a good book recently, y'all — Show Time by Suzanne Trauth. Let me tell you a little about it.

Show Time, the first book in the Dodie O'Dell Mystery series, is a quick read with interesting, well-developed characters. My favorite character is Dodie, the main character and narrator. I especially liked reading about her reactions to all of the behind-the-scenes goings-on of Romeo and Juliet auditions and rehearsals.

Even though I correctly suspected whodunit, I still enjoyed reading about how
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Kathleen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Show Time, the first book in the Dodie O'Dell Mystery series, author Suzanne Trauth weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that easily draws the reader into following restaurant manager Dodie O'Dell's amateur sleuth adventure as she tries to uncover who murdered Jerome Angleton, a retired high school English teacher and dedicated member of the Etonville Little Theater.

Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the story takes place in the quaint small northern New Jersey town of Etonville, nestle
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Mary Brown
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:

The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .

Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theate
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Brenda
Show Time is the debut of the Dodie O'Dell Mystery series. Having had her Jersey shore job and home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, Dodie has moved further inland to the sleepy town of Etonville and taken a job managing the restaurant, Windjammer.

Managing the restaurant has its challenges that include smoothing the feathers of ruffled owner, Henry who is constantly in a funk over the successes of rival restaurant La Famiglia. When Lola Tripper, Dodie's friend begs her to come help with the auditio
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Katreader
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SHOW TIME by Suzanne Trauth
The First Dodie O’Dell Mystery

Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the Jersey Shore including Dodie O'Dell's place of employment. So Dodie packed up and moved inland, to the small town of Etonville, where she manages the casual Windjammer restaurant. Dodie also joins forces with the Etonville Little Theater, located next door, creating dinner theatre events for residents of their community. The theatre's director has chosen to perform Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, perha
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Myndi
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty darn good as cozies go. It took a little while for me to get into the groove of this book, but once I did I read the last two-thirds in one sitting. It was exactly what you’d expect from a cozy: a light, easy read with a twisty-turny mystery in a small town where everyone knows everyone. The Chief of Police is new to town, young and unattached. The female protagonist is also a transplant, though she’s been there a few years and is now pretty established in the town’s close-knit group. Nat ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This is a delightful new series by author, Suzanne M. Trauth. We are introduced to Dodie O'Dell and a cast of interesting characters in the sleepy town of Etonville. Dodie reluctantly finds herself "assisting" with the local theater's production of Romeo and Juliet. When Dodie's friend is found murdered, she is more determined to help with the play and help the new police chief solve the crime.

During her investigation, Dodie uncovers a few secrets, discovers missing money from the theater box o
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Laura
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book; this is the first book in the A Dodie O’Dell Mystery series written by Suzanne Trauth. Dodie O’Dell is living in Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theater. If nothing else, it’s a welcome escape from the thirty-something’s usual going-to-bed-with-a-myste ...more
JoAn
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Show Time by Suzanne M. Trauth was a quickly paced entertaining cozy mystery. Ms. Trauth was a "new to me" author but her writing has sold me on reading her next book.

The characters were all well developed and relatable. Dodie O'Dell has started her life over in Etonville. After losing her job on the Jersey Shore, she has taken the job of restaurant manager at the Windjammer. She is smart, funny and totally overwhelmed as she takes on helping the Etonville Little Theater. Chief Bill Thompson is
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Patty
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Show Time by Suzanne Trauth is the 1st book in the Dodie O'Dell Mystery series, and it was a very enjoyable book. 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 also helps with the theater next door. When Dodie's good friend is murdered she is determined to find out the truth.

This book has more twists and turns, that kept me interested in what wou
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Suzanne Trauth is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer. Her novels in the Dodie O'Dell mystery series include Show Time, Time Out, Running out of Time, and Just in Time. Her plays include Françoise, Midwives, Rehearsing Desire, La Fonda, Three Sisters Under the Hood, iDream, supported by the National Science Foundation’s STEM initiative on science and technology, and Katrina ...more

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