Murder in the Second Row
Author: Bev Robitai
Publisher: MacKay Books
Release Date: February 10, 2012
There are many things that can go wrong between casting a show and Opening Night. Finding a body in the second row is just one of them. The old Regent Theatre needs repairs, its future under threat when developers gain community support to build a shopping mall on the site. In a last desperate attempt to prove that the century-old building can make money and is worth saving, theatre manager Jessica Jones encourages the committee to engage a top director to stage Agatha Christie's classic, Appointment with Death. The roles are cast and rehearsals begin. But hot young actress Tamara Fitzpatrick is found dead in the auditorium, and police close the theatre with just a few weeks to go before opening night. Then, as if Jessica's life wasn't complicated enough, the police officer heading the investigation begins to take an unusual interest in her. Jessica pulls the backstage team together to keep the show on the boards, despite sinister threats that escalate to physical attacks on both her and her beloved theatre.