Dinner theater can be a death sentence.
Actress Isobel Spice and her best friend Delphi Kramer are thrilled to finally have an opportunity to perform together, even if it's just a cheesy interactive murder mystery at a judge's lifetime achievement dinner. But when Isobel's dramatic death scene is upstaged by a real murder and Delphi is left holding the still-smoking gun, Isobel drops the role of victim and assumes the role of detective. With the help of her precocious brother Percival and her reluctant temp agent James Cooke, Isobel peels back layers of deception to reveal a shocking abuse of power--and no shortage of suspects eager to deliver justice to a man who denied it to so many.
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Enjoyable Cozy Mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. A fan of female sleuths and cozy mysteries, I looked forward to reading and reviewing And Justice for Some by Joanne Sydney Lessner. While this is the third book in the Isobel Spice Mystery series, I was easily able to read it without having read any of the previous books in the series. Well-developed characters, a good mystery, some light humor and a good pace kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. If you’re a fan of mysteries, this is a series you will want to add to your reading list. Actress and part time secretary Isobel Spice jumps at the chance to do a little light dinner theatre with her friend and roommate Delphi. Thinking they’ll get to do a little acting and get a free meal, Isobel never imagined a murder would take place and leave Delphi holding a smoking gun. Determined to prove her friend innocent, and satisfy her curiosity, Isobel once again dives into a murder investigation to uncover who killed the guest of honor at what turned out to be a real presentation of Murder a la Carte. I really enjoyed how Ms. Lessner introduced her characters at the beginning of the book; as a person who’s always wanted to go to dinner theatre, but never been able to talk any of her friends into it, I have always been curious about how a murder mystery would get staged during a dinner. As a character, Isobel is a hoot; she’s intelligent, funny and as curious as a cat! While she’s determined to let the police do their work and not interfere, discovering her temporary boss has a connection to the victim sends her good intentions out the door. Soon Isobel is neck deep conducting her own investigation and uncovering clues about the victim that show he wasn’t a nice man and that there were plenty of people who might have wanted him dead. The secondary characters are also well developed and I especially enjoyed getting to know her roommate and best friend Delphi, and her intelligently gifted younger brother Percival. The mystery itself took several twists and turns and kept me guessing. There’s also a little romance in the story as Isobel, who considers herself average, has two completely different men interested in having a relationship with her. She just can’t make up her mind about who she wants to date. Will Isobel discover who killed the guest of honor while they were performing Murder a la Carte? Or will the killer add her to his list of victims before she can uncover the truth? You’ll have to read And Justice for Some to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books in this series
Last year I got the opportunity to review The Temporary Detective & Bad Publicity in the Isobel Spice Series. I really enjoyed the books and the characters, so I was thrilled to get a chance to read this latest installment. This is a unique series for me, in that we have the story told from both the main character Isobel Spice, but also secondarily from James Cooke, her former recruiter at the temp agency where she works. So far there hasn't been any serious romantic inclinations between the two characters, though there has been plenty of sizzle and the chemistry is strong. After the events in book 2, several months have passed. James has left the agency and returned to Law School, while Isobel is working as an assistant to an attorney and continuing her acting career. Isobel and her best friend and roommate, Delphi are currently working together for a small murder mystery troupe. But truth becomes stranger than fiction, when an actual murder takes place during the show. Initially Isobel gets involved to help clear Delphi, but it's not long before her sense of justice won't let her keep looking for the killer. Isobel's brother Percival is back, taking a much larger part now that he is studying at Columbia. The two siblings couldn't appear to be more opposite, but with his logic and her intuition, they quickly uncover multiple motives for the murder. And even though James is no longer her boss, he once again gets sucked into Isobel's investigation. While this book had a great plot and was able to keep the twists and turns both interesting and semi-realistic, I wished for further advancement between James and Isobel. The combustion level is still climbing between these two characters, and while they are each in denial, it is clear from friends and family, that others can see their potential. I guess what it comes down to is that I have no patience for their slow burn. Overall great story and a solid 3 star read.