BAD BLOOD
 
With Halloween just around the corner, Dodie O’Dell is making preparations to transform the Windjammer Restaurant on the Jersey Shore into a haunted house, while the Etonville Little Theatre is staging Dracula. But casting the titular Transylvanian is proving challenging. The amateur actors in the company are not shy about chewing the scenery, but who among them can convincingly sink their fangs into a victim’s neck? When a mysterious newcomer with a transfixing Eastern European accent lands the part, rumors that he might be an actual vampire start to take flight—not unlike the bat who’s recently been spotted in the town park.
 
But everyone’s blood really runs cold when a stranger is found in the cemetery with a real stake in his heart. Dodie decides to put her Halloween theme menu on the back burner and stick her neck out to bring the killer into the light of day. She’d better keep her wits about her, though—or Dodie may be the next one to go down for the Count.

Titles in the Dodie O’Dell Mystery series include —  Show Time – Time Out – Running Out of Time – Just in Time – No More Time – Killing Time –

Title:  Killing Time
Series:  Dodie O’Dell Mystery #6
Author:  Suzanne Trauth
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Published:  June 2, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

Although I have not read the previous stories in the ‘Dodie O’Dell Mystery‘ series, (an oversight that will be corrected soon) I wasn’t the least bit lost in ‘Killing Time‘.  Anything that I absolutely needed to know was mentioned in dialogue or narrative, and the rest simply falls into the ‘just read the book and enjoy’ category for me.  For this reason, I’d say that you ‘could’ read this title on its own, but I’m sure there are nuances I missed by not having read the earlier books.

It’s Halloween time in the small, quirky town of Etonville.  The local theater company is putting on a Dracula performance for the spooky holiday. What no one expected was for a very realist newcomer to play Dracula – or for the Grim Reaper to end up in the local cemetery with what appears to be a stake through his heart.  Now there’s a mystery needing to be solved before people really begin to panic at vampires and such overtaking the town.

Dodie is newly engaged to Bill, the local police sheriff and at his request has sorta kinda scaled back on the solving mysteries part of her life.  Really, she never intends to get caught up in them it just sort of happens when her own unique ‘spidey sense’ shows itself.  And that murder radar is blaring right now as Dodie is, once again, pulled in to investigate another murder.

Killing Time‘ is full of twists, turns, red herrings, and surprises – and I had such a good time with all of it.  I usually try to not get so far into a series before reading the earlier ones but time got away from me on this one… still, I had no trouble following along and completely enjoying myself in this world.  As with any review, especially Mystery of any kind, I’m careful of spoilers – so, perhaps vague but I had fun being caught up in this world and I’m betting you would as well.  If you love Cozy Mysteries then this is one you’ll want to add to your list if you haven’t already.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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