Mayhem erupts in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, when the director of a community theater production is found strangled.
All right, so maybe hairdresser Reba Mae Johnson couldn’t remember all her lines. That’s no reason for Sandy Granger to snatch the plum part of Truvy Jones out of Reba’s well-manicured hands. Her best friend, Piper Prescott (Cinnamon Toasted, 2015, etc.), condoles with the ousted Reba while counting out bags of cardamom at her shop, Spice it Up! But once Sandy’s body is found backstage at the opera house, her Hermès scarf knotted way too tightly around her neck, the amateur sleuth feels obliged to investigate, if only to shield Reba from imminent arrest by Brandywine Creek’s intrepid, and very handsome, police chief, Wyatt McBride. Piper is kind of at loose ends anyway, since her frequent companion, gentle veterinarian Doug Winters, is busy catering to the every whim of his teenage daughter, Madison. Piper soon discovers that Reba is far from the only member of the Steel Magnolias cast with a grudge against Sandy. Bunny Bowtin, Jolene Tucker, Wanda Needmore, Dorinda Kunkel, and Mary Lou Lambert are all spitting mad at their director. So it should be a walk in the park to find out who did Sandy in—if only there weren’t a brutal murderer lurking out there, too.
Oust takes some pretty ordinary ingredients and lets her spicy heroine give them just a little more bite.