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Theater Nights Are Murder

(A Poppy McAllister Mystery #4)

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The last thing gluten-free baker Polly McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder . . .

Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies, but now she has to choose between two suitors. She’s not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high-school
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Published January 1st 2020 by Kensington Books
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Carrie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Theater Nights Are Murder by Libby Klein is the fourth installment in the cozy A Poppy McAllister Mystery series. Each book of this series has a new mystery to be solved by the main character so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. Of course as with any continuing series there is some character development that would be missed if not reading from the beginning.

In this series readers were introduced to Poppy McAllister who is a forty something widow who moved
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Natalia  R
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poppy McAllister has her hands full with running her B&B, baking for two restaurants and choosing between her two love interests. But she's not the only one with boyfriend drama. Her aunt Ginny's high school boyfriend has retired from Broadway and is returning home to play the male lead in the senior center's theater production of Mamma Mia. Everyone is really excited about the play. But when bizarre accidents start happening, and a man falls to his death, it becomes clear that someone is ...more
abby
In the first chapter of this book: “No one likes a love triangle.”

Me: “Hey, the author has been reading my reviews! Glad we’re in agreement here.”

Author: I will now stretch this love triangle over 300 more pages.

Good call.

I have been reading this series from the beginning, and this latest installment is one of the few ARCs I requested this year. I love the characters and the writing is always pretty humorous. But the author lost her way a bit on this one. The murder does not take place until 1/3
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Oh, Libby, Libby, Libby. Your books pull me in with the promise of great mysteries to solve (and they always are), but keep me laughing so hard my sides hurt! With lines like . . . It wasn’t my proudest moment, being shaken down by four old ladies . . . THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER is no different, and my tissue box stayed close at hand for all the tears of laughter!

Author Libby Klein has been a breath of fresh air since her first book, CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER. I knew she was going to be a
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Linda 📚
Poppy McAllister is normally baking gluten-free goodies in Cape May, NJ and juggling the romantic attention of two suitors, Tim and Gia. As book four begins, she volunteers at the theater production of “Mamma Mia” which is casting at the Senior Center. Royce Ricardo, an old flame of Aunt Ginny’s is the lead male actor. Aunt Ginny and her flippant and savvy tribe of older lady friends try out for various parts during auditions. Wha-la! The humor begins!

When another actress, Blanche aka Moira,
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Libby Klein
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Ginny thinks this is my most fun book yet. She's never wrong.
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Libby Klein has penned another terrific mystery filled with laugh-out-loud humor that makes this book impossible to put down.

“Aunt Ginny was somewhere in her eighties, but somehow the feisty redhead got into more trouble than a five-year-old on a sugar binge.”

Yes, Poppy has her hands full again this time. The Senior Center is doing its version of Mamma Mia and all of “the biddies” including Aunt Ginny are involved. The director has persuaded Ginny’s high school flame, now a
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Tari
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series more every time I read the newest book and I always think that book is the funniest one so far...only because imho it is! I was laughing out loud at Aunt Ginny and her "biddies'" antics during the senior center's production of Mamma Mia. From going all out spy complete with two-way radios to conning some bikers in a pool game, these ladies while absolutely hilarious were determined to find out how their friend really died during the theater production. And for that I say, "You ...more
Peggy R
I have been a fan of this series since the first book and have enjoyed them all. This one was a bit off for me. I love the characters. They are well written and diverse. There is tons of humor and great dialogue. The relationship between Poppy and Aunt Ginny is full of warmth, humor, and love. Where this book fell apart for me is with the mystery and the love triangle. I am not a fan of the love triangle in any books and the longer this one draws out the less interested I find myself becoming in ...more
Nina Silva
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Libby Klein’s murder plotting skills get stronger and stronger with each installment of the Poppy McAllister Mystery series.

The murder to solve this time around is who killed Duke, a retired cop, active senior centre member and a friend of Aunt Ginny’s. There are several suspects and when possible victim identities get muddled up, the pool of suspects grows even larger. The motives are juicy, the opportunities are circumstantial and the means is intriguing. The clues and red herrings
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Sometimes after you finish reading a book, you have to close the book and just sit back and savor what you read.....with books in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein you have to sit back, close your mouth, check your breathing, rub your eyes, scratch your head and completely recollect yourself before you think about doing anything else !! And Theater Nights Are Murder, the fourth book in this series is no different except she may have you questioning some things ...... like "What ...more
Karen
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in this series and I loved it!
Poppy is a realistic, contemporary woman, who I really enjoy reading about.
This mystery was so well written and the characters were so intriguing, that I could not put it down!
All in all, this book was a delight to read and a great continuation to this series.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Bobbie Kirkland
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER (Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 4) by Libby Klein in exchange for an honest review. Poppy McAllister has more going on in her life than she can handle. Poppy’s making desserts for a restaurant, a coffee shop, and for her bed and breakfast patrons. On top of that, Poppy’s managing her new Paleo diet, exercising each morning, working as free crew for the senior center’s production of Mamma Mia, and trying to mitigate the biddies’ ongoing crime ...more
Chris gerst
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Poppy owns a bed and breakfast with her aunt. Also is baking for 2 restaurants. In the meantime her aunt Ginny and her friends try out for the senior center play when an old flame from the past comes back to town. While there are tryouts someone is killed. Poppy and the biddies sent out to find the killer before they kill again. Poppy is also juggling with 2 men who want to be her 1 and only true love
Kristin
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another home run by Libby Klein! I absolutely love this series! So funny and entertaining. Fantastic read!
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a fantastic series so I was super excited when Libby asked me to review her book before the release date of 12/31/19. And I'll just let you know (if you haven't read my other reviews in this series) that I am Team Gia.

So much to say about this book - it made me laugh, it kept me guessing regarding the crime, and it had me rooting for Poppy to make a decision regarding who she wants to date between Tim and Gia. (see my note above....GIA!!!)

What I always enjoy about this series - the
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Brenda
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Theater Nights are Murder is the fourth installment in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series featuring Poppy and her Aunt Ginny, co-owners of the Butterfly Wings Bed and Breakfast located in Cape May, NJ. Poppy has been busy getting the B&B up and running and cooking desserts for her ex boyfriend Tim's restaurant and for the Italian Barista, Gia.

The local Senior center is going to be putting on a production of Mamma Mia and Aunt Ginny and her friends "the biddies" are all looking forward to
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Rebecca
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was my firstforay into the Poppy McAllister series, but it won't be my last. Even though I was new to the characters, I love Cape May and it really helped me visualize the setting. I quickly got to know the characters and didn't miss a beat when it came to their dynamics. The "biddies" had me cracking up continuously as the story went along. Their spy-like maneuvers were entertaining and I loved how they assumed they would need to investigate. Poppy was a delight to read about, even though ...more
Diane Hernandez
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Not just Theater Nights are Murder, all the rigmarole around choosing among two boyfriends is murdering my interest in this series. And that’s despite being gluten-free myself for years. Maybe Poppy should investigate polyamory relationships so she can stick with both guys. You don’t see that in cozy mysteries!

Seriously, I enjoyed the dynamic between Aunt Ginny, the old biddies, and Poppy. They make a good, possibly borderline dysfunctional but hilarious, team. I also enjoyed Figaro the cat’s
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Kirsti
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

It's always a tough ask, jumping into book 4 in a series that you haven't really read much of. Good cozies will welcome you with open arms, and mostly that's what I found here. I was a little lost between all the male characters and what connections they had to the two main sleuths, especially the older gentlemen. I definitely did NOT see that twist coming, so that was something. Normally I have an inkling, but this one
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Traci Putinski
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
What a fun book! Once again Libby Klein had me laughing so hard I snorted many times !!!
I enjoy Poppy, Aunt Ginny and the Biddies....
Triangle Loves (Don't want to give it away), throw in Murders at the Senior Center revolving a play a d so much more.......Fantastic Recioes included!!!!!!
Toni
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein.

Poppy McAllister has a problem. She is in love with two men! And she can’t decide which to pursue. So, she relents and joins the crew of the new Mamma Mia musical happening in their local theater. A veteran actor returns to town to appear in the starring role. Poppy’s Aunt Ginny is perfect for the role of Donna but gets kicked back to costumes due to some theater politics. When the retired police officer who
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Jerri Cachero
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Cape May New Jersey Senior Center, decides to stage the play Mamma Mia - mystery, chaos, humor, romance, snacking and murder are part of the production! It's up to Poppy and her gang, the "biddies", to find out who wants to shut down the play and some of the actors - permanently. Poppy also has to find out who is trying to ruin the reputation of B&B that she and Aunt Ginny have just started while juggling two suitors, a cranky but lovable cat, her Aunt Ginny and Ginny's former beau ...more
FMSWarrior
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy McAllister has her hands full, she’s baking for two different restaurants, working the lights for the senior center’s first ever theater production, and running her family’s newly launched B&B…all while trying to stick to her Paleo diet and decide which of the two men in her life truly has her heart. That’s a lot of a mere mortal to take on, but Poppy is no mere mortal, she’s a Jersey girl!

When Aunt Ginny’s high school sweetheart returns home after retiring from a long Broadway career
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Lisa Morin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy is back and she's better than ever in Theater Nights are Murder.
Aunt Ginny and the biddies are excited to be putting on a play at the senior center, and when Aunt Ginny's old flame makes a comeback, it seems like high school again.
Unfortunately not everyone is happy with Royce's return, and when strange accidents start happening, and someone falls victim to a tragic accident, everyone becomes paranoid.

I absolutely loved this book, it was full of humor, twists and turns, and of course,
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Mary Brown
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:

The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama--or more murder . . .

Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies, but now she has to choose between two suitors. She's not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny's long-ago high-school beau, Royce Hanson, a retired Broadway actor, has returned to Cape May, New Jersey, to star in a Senior Center staging of
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
"Theater Nights Are Murder" the 4th instalment in the "Poppy McAllister Mystery" series by Libby Klein. I know I am in for a treat when I pick up a book by Libby Klein her humor always keeps me snickering throughout the entire story especially when the biddies get up to all sorts of antics.

The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder ...

Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her
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Jaymie
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

The mystery in this book is top notch, but I am getting really tired of the love triangle - it's impacting my enjoyment of the series.

There are a lot of mysteries in this one - the sabotage at the play, the dead body, the scathing - and false - reviews of Poppy's business and her desserts at the coffee shop and Tim's restaurant. And I loved digging into each one. Aunt
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K.A. Davis
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER, the fourth book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein, is a zany romp with memorable characters that kept me turning pages to find out what happens next. The protagonist, Poppy McAllister, lives with her 80-something-year-old Aunt Ginny, and runs the Butterfly Wings Bed & Breakfast they just opened in Aunt Ginny’s Grand Victorian. Not only does Poppy have her hands full with the B & B, she’s been roped into helping her aunt and senior citizens ...more
Amanda
This fourth book in Libby Klein's Poppy McAllister series was so hard to put down! Though it takes place in Cape May's off season, Poppy is keeping busy making baked goods for Gia's coffee shop, Tim's restaurant and her B&B, hosting two couples for their Valentine getaway, and helping with the senior center's production of Mamma Mia. Of course you can't have a mystery without a whodunit, and this book is bursting with them. Strange accidents, a suspicious suicide, and Poppy's housekeeper ...more
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Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School sometime in the '80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that forced her to remove gluten from her kitchen and adopt a Paleo Diet. Now her life revolves around coffee and bacon. When she’s not feeling sorry ...more

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