Dec. 4, 2017

Running Out of Time, Dodie O'Dell Mysteries #3, by Suzanne Trauth

**** 4 stars

Small Town Play Dies...

Running Out of Time, by Suzanne Trauth, was a new cozy series for me. Dodie O'Dell, the manager of the Windjammer Café, promises to provide intermission treats for the town play. Before it finally opens, a stranger is found dead on the troublesome set.

Dodie's policeman boyfriend, Bill, breaks his ankle and calls in the dubious reinforcements of his suspicious friend, Archibald, from academy days.

Dodie spends a great deal of time trying to prove the innocence of a town newcomer while keeping secrets from Bill and hoping their relationship deepens despite her deceit.  

We get good looks at both the restaurant and police office, which satisfies my need to see the main characters actually on the job. I enjoyed the tension of figuring out who Archibald really is.

One thing I didn't care for was the overuse of "my cell phone "binged.'" It became quite tedious to read that phrase over and over. The only other option seemed to be "my cell phone 'pinged.'"

While I usually want to see the relationship in a book progress, I was sorry to see the focus was only on the physical part of the relationship. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review, and all opinions are solely my responsibility.