Title: Deadly Drama (Britton Bay Mysteries #4)
Author: Jody Holford
Published: August 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery
I received a copy of Deadly Drama from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Newspaper editor and amateur sleuth Molly Owens takes center stage when it’s curtains for a theater director . . .
Living in the beautiful coastal town of Britton Bay, Oregon, seems like the perfect fit for Molly. She enjoys her work as editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin, loves her boyfriend Sam, and feels at home in the adorable cottage in the back of his mother’s bed and breakfast.
This spring Britton Bay is staging its first-ever community theater production. The show—featuring local residents—is the talk of the town, but tongues are really wagging over the director. It turns out former soap opera actress Magnolia Sweet is anything but; nothing’s worse than a has-been on a power trip, and steely Magnolia routinely chews out her amateur cast.
Still, it’s a shock to all when she’s found murdered in the theater. Now it’s open call for suspects, as Molly steps in to shine a spotlight on a killer waiting in the wings. But will this be her final act?
I first stumbled across the Britton Bay Mysteries series when I went through a phase of trying cozy mystery books on Netgalley. Of the four or five I’d requested, it was by far the standout book for hooking me in straight away and since then I’ve eagerly awaited the next books in Jody Holford’s cozy mystery series.
Deadly Drama follows Molly Owens, the editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin as she stumbles across another murder in the small seaside town she’s begun to call home. Britton Bay is hosting its first ever theatre production, produced by a former soap opera actress who doesn’t ingratiate herself with anyone. When the former actress is found dead on the set of the production, Molly begins to investigate who might have the motive to do the deed.
One of the best things about this series is the protagonist, Molly. She’s a woman who left her old life behind when she moved to Britton Bay and found a new home. She’s solid in her relationship with partner, Sam, and loves her dog and newfound friends. She’s determined to keep the Bulletin a success and report the news and town stories to the people of Britton Bay. She’s an ‘every-woman’ kind of of character… who just happens to keep stumbling over dead bodies. Her determination to find the truth is what drives her and I think she’s a great character.
The mystery in this book was a lot of fun. In each book we learn a little more about the characters in Britton Bay -the people who are on the sidelines of Molly’s stories, but whom we cross paths with time and time again. And while I had a pretty good idea of who was behind the murder, it never detracted from my enjoyment of reading.
Jody Holford has done a wonderful job of creating a town that I love coming back to and immersing myself in. The pace is great, the characters are entertaining, and there’s always a mystery to solve. What’s not to love?