Angie Tremont decides to take her husband, Gabe, to the Bearcrest Mystery Dinner Playhouse for dinner and a play, saying as a retired detective he will enjoy solving the mystery that’s playing. Before they get there, Gabe predicts the butler will commit the crime. The setting is an English country inn with owner, cook, butler, and three guests. When a staged death turns real, all heck breaks loose, and Gabe is asked to help solve the murder. He discovers the playhouse director, the cast and a spy from a competing theater all have reasons to want the murdered man dead, Gabe must sort through the lies and acting talent to find out who killed the butler.
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When recently retired and very bored Detective Gabe Tremont attends a mystery dinner playhouse at his wife’s insistence, the murder of one of the actors turns out to be the real thing. With no other detectives available, Gabe takes on the investigation, not exactly the kind of hobby his wife thinks he needs for a successful retirement. The murder investigation continues amid a strange assortment of revelations, both criminal and personal, as Gabe also works his way down the list of potential hobbies he and his wife have created with each one ending in humorous disaster. But his current priorities being what they are, he deftly discovers the incriminating secrets harbored by all six suspects and puts the pieces of the puzzle together in a surprising culmination of this fun whodunit. Additionally, he realizes he should have planned how he would fill his days of retirement, and having learned more about himself by attempting and failing each potential hobby on the list, Gabe finally knows what he wants to do. Befeler’s acumen spinning suspense with quirky characters, ample humor, and an able protagonist keeps me laughing and turning the pages.