Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her boyfriend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.
What could go wrong? Everything!
Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!
Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater . . . and possibly a murderer!
About the Author
Ms. Keam is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair.
She is also the author of the Last Chance For Love Romance Series and the Princess Maura Tales Fantasy Series.
She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much! Great characters, great story, and great mystery!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery is a sleuth/cozy mystery novel written by Abigail Keam. While this is the eleventh book in Keam’s Josiah Reynolds mystery series, the author gives readers enough background information to allow them to enjoy this book as a standalone. Who could have guessed that being part of a theatrical company could lead to such an upheaval in the bucolic lives of Josiah Reynolds and her friends? When Madison Smythe collapsed in Hunter Wickliffe’s manor house, where the play was being rehearsed, her fellow actors assumed she had fallen ill. After it became apparent that she had died, the police took Hunter’s brother, Franklin, into custody after other members of the troupe had shared the facts of Franklin’s dislike of Madison. Josiah’s first instinct was to call her daughter, Asa, in London and get her on a plane back to Kentucky. Asa was an ace investigator and Franklin’s best chance at surviving a charge of first-degree murder, which in Kentucky could mean a death sentence. Abigail Keam’s sleuth/cozy murder mystery, Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery, is an engaging and entertaining whodunit, which is well written and fairly brimming with red herrings for armchair sleuths to consider. Who killed Madison Smythe and why? As Asa and her mother try to ferret out the truth, it soon becomes apparent that the deceased lead actress was indeed not beloved by all. Each revelation, however, seemed to make finding the real killer even more difficult than it was before. Keam’s plot is agreeably reminiscent of classic drawing-room detective novels, and her characters work so very well together. Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery is most highly recommended.