Theater Nights Are Murder

Theater Nights Are Murder

by Libby Klein

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The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder . . .
Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies, but now she has to choose between two suitors. She’s not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high-school beau, Royce Hanson, a retired Broadway actor, has returned to Cape May, New Jersey, to star in a Senior Center staging of Mamma Mia. Leaving Aunt Ginny to wonder: What's his motivation?
Slated to open February 13th, the problem-plagued production seems to be cursed—with stolen props, sabotage, and even a death threat. But when a cast member plunges to his death from a catwalk, it soon becomes clear a murderer is waiting in the wings. Now Poppy, Aunt Ginny, and a supporting cast must take center stage to catch the killer—before it's curtains for someone else . . . 
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
“Fans of Chopped will have fun juggling the complicated set of suspects and following a romantic triangle that has yet to be resolved.”
Kirkus Reviews on Restaurant Weeks Are Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496723376
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Series: A Poppy McAllister Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,707
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School in the '80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She has worked as a stay at home mom, climbing the ranks to the coveted position of Grandma. She also dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling.  

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Theater Nights Are Murder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Robin Bailey 28 days ago
Poppy and Ginny make me giggle! I love al the characters...and I am pulling for Gia!!!
Karen-Hollins 21 days ago
Today I am reviewing "Theater Nights Are Murder" the 4th instalment in the "Poppy McAllister Mystery" series by Libby Klein. I know I am in for a treat when I pick up a book by Libby Klein her humor always keeps me snickering throughout the entire story especially when the biddies get up to all sorts of antics. The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder ... Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies, but now she has to choose between two suitors. She’s not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high-school beau, Royce Hanson, a retired Broadway actor, has returned to Cape May, New Jersey, to star in a Senior Center staging of Mamma Mia. Leaving Aunt Ginny to wonder: What's his motivation? Slated to open February 13th, the problem-plagued production seems to be cursed—with stolen props, sabotage, and even a death threat. But when a cast member plunges to his death from a catwalk, it soon becomes clear a murderer is waiting in the wings. Now Poppy, Aunt Ginny, and a supporting cast must take center stage to catch the killer—before it's curtains for someone else . . . Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen! The characters are quirky, well rounded and seem real as I could relate to each of them. I love Poppy's relationship with her Aunt Ginny, and the "Biddies" but lol I would not want to be the one to keep them from getting into mischief! Plus we cant forget about her mischievous cat, Figuro! I found the mystery was well written and paced with lots of twists and turns. It kept me guessing to the end. I look forward to the next installment and finding out which man, Tim or Gia, Poppy will finally give her heart too. I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ryanna 28 days ago
The fourth installment in Libby Klein's Poppy series is such a laugh out loud, fun & yet serious ride. I loved the insights into putting on a show while following the craziness that ensues when Poppy's Aunt Ginny and the biddies decide to find out what really happened to poor Duke! Also the side story of Aunt Ginny's high school love paralleling Poppy's story is just wonderful. I loved this book & highly recommend.
PeggyRMI 29 days ago
I have been a fan of this series since the first book and have enjoyed them all. This one was a bit off for me. I love the characters. They are well written and diverse. There is tons of humour and great dialogue. The relationship between Poppy and Aunt Ginny is full of warmth, humour and love. Where this book fell apart for me is with the mystery and the love triangle. I am not a fan of the love triangle in any books and the longer this one draws out the less interested I find myself becoming in the outcome. I think the author needs to wrap up that story line in the beginning of the next book. I also thought there were too many things going on in this book in terms of mysteries that needed to be solved. I felt like my focus was fractured and I was having a hard time keeping track of all of the story lines and mini mysteries. I really enjoy this series and feel like this was a one off in terms of a miss for me. I'll return for the next book in the series and depending on whether or not the author solves the love triangle will determine if I continue with the series.
SunnyCarolinaGirl 3 months ago
I love the characters in this series and Aunt Ginny and "the biddies" had me laughing out loud many times in this book with their antics. The Senior Center is putting on Mama Mia and when things start happening at the theater during rehearsals, including a death, they start investigating. Poppy tries to keep them out of danger, but isn't always successful which is part of the fun. Poppy and Aunt Ginny have a few guests at the Butterfly Wings B&B to take care of so Poppy is spreading herself pretty thin with that and baking for the coffee shop, baking for Maxine's and doing the lighting for the play. Also, Poppy is trying to figure out what she wants in her romantic life and Gia and Tim are not making it easy for her. I can't wait to see what happens next! I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Kensington Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Rockport_rocker 3 months ago
Theater Nights Are Murder brings exactly the delightful reading experience that we have come to expect from Libby Klein! While there are a few real tear-jerker moments, I laughed at the highjinks of Aunt Ginny and the biddies as well as the Poppy's struggles. Characters and mystery investigation share the stage in a truly winning combination.
diane92345 3 months ago
Not just Theater Nights are Murder, all the rigmarole around choosing among two boyfriends is murdering my interest in this series. And that’s despite being gluten-free myself for years. Maybe Poppy should investigate polyamory relationships so she can stick with both guys. You don’t see that in cozy mysteries! Seriously, I enjoyed the dynamic between Aunt Ginny, the old biddies, and Poppy. They make a good, possibly borderline dysfunctional but hilarious, team. I also enjoyed Figaro the cat’s antics. There are seven gluten-free recipes included at the end of Theater Nights are Murder. If you are gluten-free, this is one of the few times that you are better off than your bread-eating companions and can try out recipes from the book. The mystery was good and the humor was on point. However, it is the characters that will make you return to the series. Now if only Poppy could make up her mind. What a problem to have! 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
neptune75 4 months ago
This book begins right where the previous installment ended. Even though I had read the previous book, I still had a few bewildering moments of trying to figure out what was going on when the author just throws you in the middle of ongoing action. Poppy is coming off the cooking competition and immediately gets pulled into doing a musical play at the senior center by her great aunt, Ginny. Ginny is one of those old ladies that is a hoot unless they are related to you and then the are your problem. Poppy doesn't want to be involved in the play, but is too nice to say no. What follows is enough action and misadventures to try the patience of even the calmest person. During rehearsals one of the elderly actors dies and the senior ladies just know it is foul play. They set out to prove it and drag Poppy into their adventures. Thorough out the story, Poppy seems to vacillatate between Tim and Gia with her affections. By the end of the book, I was finding this lack of conviction to be irritating and wanted to yell "just pick one, already!" The ending of the book and reveal of the culprit brings in more action and misdeeds and just actually causes everything to be murky and a bit unclear in its resolution.
BobbieLCLA 4 months ago
I received a free copy of THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER (Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 4) by Libby Klein in exchange for an honest review. Poppy McAllister has more going on in her life than she can handle. Poppy’s making desserts for a restaurant, a coffee shop, and for her bed and breakfast patrons. On top of that, Poppy’s managing her new Paleo diet, exercising each morning, working as free crew for the senior center’s production of Mamma Mia, and trying to mitigate the biddies’ ongoing crime spree. Additionally, Poppy’s trying to make up her mind between two suitors; she’s swearing off the smoochy stuff until she can decide, but her resolve keeps faltering. To heap even more stress on an already frazzled Poppy, there’s a mystery car parked in the neighborhood, a troll is attacking Poppy’s businesses, frequent accidents plague the play, and there’s been a mysterious death on set. The troublesome biddies spur Poppy into trying to solve the various problems while helping themselves to Poppy’s goodies. I like this book and enjoy the series. I recommend this novel to fans of Libby Klein, the Poppy McAllister Mysteries, and cozy mysteries featuring bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, dietary restrictions, elders run wild, and theater productions. #TheaterNightsAreMurder #NetGalley
StoreyBookReviews 4 months ago
This is a fantastic series so I was super excited when Libby asked me to review her book before the release date of 12/31/19. And I'll just let you know (if you haven't read my other reviews in this series) that I am Team Gia. So much to say about this book - it made me laugh, it kept me guessing regarding the crime, and it had me rooting for Poppy to make a decision regarding who she wants to date between Tim and Gia. (see my note above....GIA!!!) What I always enjoy about this series - the relationship between Poppy and her Aunt. It is wacky, yet caring, all at the same time. Poppy never expected to be running a B&B but it was the only way to save the family home. Then there are her aunt's friends - the Biddies as they are called in the book. They remind me of the Jewish old lady stereotype that you see in movies and such, they are all in your business, offering advice you may not want, and sometimes just being a nuisance. But at other times they can save your bacon...or your life! I chuckled at the theater production that is the main focus of this story and where the murder occurs. Imagine a bunch of senior citizens performing Mamma Mia (cue ABBA music). Since I have seen the movie I could picture these people singing and dancing and it is a comical performance. While I won't give away too much, let's just say opening night didn't quite go according to the script. Besides the usual murder, there are several other sub-plots occurring at the same time. There is the case of who is leaving bad reviews for anything that Poppy touches (her B&B, Gia's coffeeshop, Tim's restaurant). The answer should be obvious but I have to admit I didn't think about this character. You will also meet some guests of the B&B and there is something not quite right. It is a very minor plot but it adds to the dimension of the story. Aunt Ginny reconnects with her first love from high school, an adopted child looking for his birth parents, and Poppy trying to extract herself from a potential relationship with Iggy, the pianist for the musical. All of these bring the story together and provide depth for several characters. I haven't even touched on the food mentioned throughout the book. Poppy may not have formal training but she is a skilled baker and the recipes leave my mouth watering. I may be ok having gluten, but these recipes intrigue me and I want to try a few of them out. I'm glad the recipes are provided at the end. There is a love triangle and I am hoping that the next book will have Poppy choosing one of the men interested in her. Both men in this book have demonstrated their feelings for her and she has some clarity at the end regarding their feelings for her. So, Poppy, it's time to choose! I do want to share this one line that really made me laugh and you won't understand it unless you read the book and then you might have the same reaction as me: "He said to tell you now you're even for touching his Skywalker. I don't even want to know what that means." Overall we give this book 5 paws and can't wait to figure out what is in store for the gang.
bluegreen91 4 months ago
This fourth book in Libby Klein's Poppy McAllister series was so hard to put down! Though it takes place in Cape May's off season, Poppy is keeping busy making baked goods for Gia's coffee shop, Tim's restaurant and her B&B, hosting two couples for their Valentine getaway, and helping with the senior center's production of Mamma Mia. Of course you can't have a mystery without a whodunit, and this book is bursting with them. Strange accidents, a suspicious suicide, and Poppy's housekeeper accusing two of the B&B's guests with theft all kept me eagerly reading and guessing. I was completely blown away by the culprit reveals and a surprise ending to Mamma Mia's opening night. The characters in this series are well developed and full of personality. I so appreciate Poppy's sarcasm and sense of humor and Figaro, Aunt Ginny, and the biddies are such a hoot! And I'm so glad to not be in Poppy's place, trying to decide whether to date Gia or Tim. I hope this will be a long running series, because it's definitely one of my favorites! I received an advance copy of this book. This honest review contains my own thoughts and opinions.
Marshathereader 4 months ago
Theater Nights Are Murder by Libby Klein Is the fourth in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series. I have only read the third in the series and was anxiously waiting for number four and was not disappointed! When Aunt Ginny's high school sweetheart returns to town after retiring from a successful career as an actor on Broadway all eyes are on them, will they rekindle the spark or will he go back to Blanche, who he left town with many years ago. When the local senior center casts Royce as the lead in a fund raiser play, strange things begin happening. All pretty harmless until another cast member is found dead on the stage. Aunt Ginny and her friends decide to investigate on their own and draw Poppy into the group. Now Poppy is now only investigating the murder, she is baking for Valentines Day, dealing with guests at her Bed and Breakfast, in charge of lighting for the play, bad reviews for the B&B, and being in a love triangle. This story has plenty of suspects, family love, friendship, great characters, an ornery cat and humor. I laughed out loud numerous times and had tears running down my cheeks. There are also some yummy sounding gluten free recipes included. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington for an honest review.
Annie_Bomke 4 months ago
Libby Klein does it again!! This book had me laughing on every page. (I wanted all of Aunt Ginny's passive aggressive t-shirts!) The author is a master at weaving together multiple plot lines. Each one kept me turning the pages. The mystery kept me guessing till the end. I really enjoyed seeing Poppy's love triangle continue to develop, though I am 100% #TeamGia.
LisaKsBooksReviews 4 months ago
Oh, Libby, Libby, Libby. Your books pull me in with the promise of great mysteries to solve (and they always are), but keep me laughing so hard my sides hurt! With lines like . . . It wasn’t my proudest moment, being shaken down by four old ladies . . . THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER is no different, and my tissue box stayed close at hand for all the tears of laughter! Author Libby Klein has been a breath of fresh air since her first book, CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER. I knew she was going to be a booming voice in the cozy mystery genre, and she has not let me down. The way this tale took off from the first page I knew I was in for an amazing read. THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER, book four in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries, is more than just a cozy mystery. This book is a character driven, impossible to put down, page turning, action filled, laugh inducing, first class mystery and all around brilliantly written story from cover to cover. Fans of this series are going to be thrilled with this latest installment. Those new to the series are going to kick themselves for not having started it sooner. By far one of my favorite books of 2019, THEATER NIGHTS ARE MURDER is my number one recommendation to start off your 2020 reading list. (Release Dec 31, 2020)
Chatting-About-Cozies 4 months ago
Poppy McAllister is normally baking gluten-free goodies in Cape May, NJ and juggling the romantic attention of two suitors, Tim and Gia. As book four begins, she volunteers at the theater production of “Mamma Mia” which is casting at the Senior Center. Royce Ricardo, an old flame of Aunt Ginny’s is the lead male actor. Aunt Ginny and her flippant and savvy tribe of older lady friends try out for various parts during auditions. Wha-la! The humor begins! When another actress, Blanche aka Moira, sweeps the lead actress role from Aunt Ginny, she and her old biddy friends are up to mischief using their senior sleuthing skills when sabotage and threats happen on set; then an actor dies falling from the catwalk. Speaking of cats, Figaro is Poppy’s purrsnickety Persian and his purrsonality is a hoot! He thinks he rules the quaint Butterfly Wings Bed & Breakfast Inn that Poppy and Aunt Ginny own. The Inn is being targeted by a troll who keeps leaving obnoxious fake reviews on travel sites and Poppy is hot on their trail. The female characters in this story are spunky, saucy, and strong-willed. They’re determined to get to the bottom of the on-set mysteries while the show goes on and before someone else is hurt. Action keeps the plot moving swiftly, plus the dialogue and events are frequently hilarious! I laughed out loud many, many times! Eventually, between the police, Poppy, and the senior sleuths task force, the suspects get narrowed down and explanations for certain occurrences are exposed. There are also a couple of subplots in the storyline that are wrapped up at the end, along with the killer reveal. To me, it’s very clear which suitor Poppy chooses! The author gifts readers with some delicious gluten-free recipes after the story. If you haven’t met Poppy McAllister, now is the time! I think it’s best to start with the first book and read in order so you’ll know the characters. I love this comical cozy mystery series! Thank you to the Author for providing a galley ARC for an honest review.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Poppy McAllister has her hands full, she’s baking for two different restaurants, working the lights for the senior center’s first ever theater production, and running her family’s newly launched B&B…all while trying to stick to her Paleo diet and decide which of the two men in her life truly has her heart. That’s a lot of a mere mortal to take on, but Poppy is no mere mortal, she’s a Jersey girl! When Aunt Ginny’s high school sweetheart returns home after retiring from a long Broadway career and is cast as the male lead in the production of Mama Mia, things get interesting. Not only has he returned home, but the woman who came between Royce and Ginny all those years ago, gets cast in the female lead, though Ginny is far better. Then the fun really begins as accidents and mishaps begin to plague the production. But it’s when another senior in the cast is found dead on the stage that Poppy and the biddies begin to start poking around. So many secrets and suspects keep the ladies busy, but will they be able to protect the cast and find the murderer before tragedy strikes again? What a fun series! Being a Jersey gal myself, I adore Poppy’s attitude and snarkiness. Add in some gluten free recipes that sound delish even if you aren’t going gluten free, and you have not only a book that is hard to put down and recipes that are going to keep you busy baking after the book is finished. Each book stands alone just fine if you haven’t read the previous ones…though you’ll quickly add them to your list of books to read!
nataliaramlal21 4 months ago
Poppy McAllister has her hands full with running her B&B, baking for two restaurants, and choosing between her two love interests. But she's not the only one with boyfriend drama. Her aunt Ginny's high school boyfriend has retired from Broadway and is returning home to play the male lead in the senior center's theater production of Mamma Mia. Everyone is really excited about the play. But when bizarre accidents start happening, and a man falls to his death, it becomes clear that someone is willing to do whatever it takes to get the play shut down. Poppy and the biddies decide to get to the bottom of things before the killer strikes again. Theatre Nights Are Murder is a humorous and entertaining cozy mystery that kept me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. It has a quirky, well-rounded cast of characters and mouthwatering descriptions of food. Poppy was such a lovable and realistic character. It was very easy to root for her and relate to her weight loss struggles. The murder mystery kept me guessing and I didn't know who the killer was until the reveal. There's also a fun second mystery with Poppy trying to figure out who is responsible for leaving fake and negative reviews about the B&B. Overall, I really liked this book and will be reading more by Libby Klein. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
BeagleGirl123 4 months ago
Reading Libby Klein's Theater Nights Are Murder was an absolutely lovely way to spend an afternoon. I laughed my way through the adventures of Poppy, Aunt Ginny, Sawyer, the biddies, and of course Figaro, all while playing armchair detective, attempting to figure out who was wreaking havoc on the Cape May Senior Center's production of Mamma Mia! and why. Probably not the wisest decision to open a play on Friday the 13th, but Poppy and the gang persevere, dealing with decades old heartbreak, trolling reviewers, secret admirers, and whole slew of other obstacles in their usual comical style - I loved it! A+++