By Gerry Fostaty
Michael Dion is just a Toronto actor in love with another member of the cast of a play in which he has but a supporting role. However, he is destined for a different part when his attractive co-worker, Amanda, asks him for assistance in finding a missing teenager, son of pair of friends. Soon, Dion is in deep with drug dealers and rescue operations. The problem with this bit of acting, if he bombs, he may not live to regret it.
Actors as detectives. Okay, sounded pretty good at first but it started livening up when other members of the play became involved. This is different from other mysteries where ‘the average Joe with a mundane job becomes a private investigator’.
Michael Dion: early 30s, actor, owns a cat, divorced
Amanda Clarke: actress, smoky voice, steel grey eyes
Elizabeth ‘Bid’ Stackhouse: 26, stage manager, wears glasses, freckles, short brown hair, compact frame, former Army
David Pound: play director, tall, large build
Nigel Holmes: early 30s, dark hair and eyes, British, physically fit, smokes
Cal: college student, works a doorman at raves, bodybuilder, large frame, father worked on city road construction
Megan: early 20s, tattooed
Karen Eaton: slim, fit, blonde, married with son, drives a black Murano, husband is in Parliament
A nice, uh, cast of characters. Lol. Each have a particular, uh, role, which fits in nicely with the mystery. If ‘the average Joe’ can incorporate any unique qualities or specializations into the story to help solve the case, that makes it all the better. The characters in this book use, obviously, their acting abilities when dealing the bad guys.
Not too much description of Dion and Amanda so I didn’t quite get a mental picture of either. I did enjoy Nigel and Elizabeth in the, uh, supporting roles. Lol. I wasn’t too sure about Karen. Maybe she didn’t come off as a strong characters as I would have thought she would. Her description fit a politician’s socialite wife but other than her being appropriately worried over her son, I just didn’t think she fit.
Nigel’s British-ness comes through and Elizabeth’s directorial type voice.
First person from Dion’s POV. Some profanity. Good tension. A bit drawn out when the scenes were on the play rehearsal and performance and A bit at the end. However, some good surprises and the ending sets up for a sequel.
Darn good story.