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A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)
by J. A. Hennrikus
A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)
1st in Series
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.
But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.
Guest Post By The Author
THE THEATRICAL LIFE
I have spent my career working in the arts, and a number of years working in theater. I have, however, never been an actor. I’m not that brave. I’ve spent my life in arts administration, working in front of the curtain. In my new Theater Cop series, my amateur sleuth is Sully Sullivan, an ex-cop who runs a theater company on the north shore of Massachusetts. In the first book, A CHRISTMAS PERIL, Sully’s theater company, the Cliffside Theater Company, is doing their annual version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Sully dusts off her investigative skills when her friend is accused of killing his father.
A theater company reminds me of St. Mary Mead, or another small village. It is a tight knit community. Not everyone gets along famously, but everyone comes together for the greater good. There are strong personalities, and tons of backstory that comes into play in interesting ways. No person is superfluous. Anyone who puts on airs quickly gets their comeuppance. For this reason, having Sully work in theater made a lot of sense to me.
But I have to confess something. In this first book, the murder investigation runs parallel to the rehearsals going on. But the actors, and stage manager are safe. Having someone actually killed in the theater company that close to opening night? The arts administrator in me couldn’t let that happen.
I love bringing my theater life and writing life together in this series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!
About The Author
J. A. Hennrikus is the author of the Theater Cop Mystery series. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Agatha-nominated Clock Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Hennrikus blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is also an arts administrator who lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.JHAuthors.com.
Webpage – https://jahennrikus.com/
Wicked Cozy Authors Blog – https://wickedcozyauthors.com/
She tweets under @JulieHennrikus, and am on Pinterest and Instagram, and have a page on Facebook. I also blog on Live to Write/Write to Live, and I blog on Killer Characters on the 20th of each month.
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The theater as a small village. Never thought of that before. Interesting.