--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Suburban homemaker Jane Jeffry has a new interest -- the theater! -- even though her involvement only consists of tasting food that will be fed to the actors. Her friend Shelley's tired of the caterers she chooses for her husband's business meetings, and she's decided to test some new ones at the local theater -- with Jane's help. What an exciting scene it is, with off-stage feuds, ego trips, and power struggles adding to the drama as the company busily rehearses a surefire stinkeroo written by the troupe's clueless director. Then the plot takes a darker turn when a particularly rebellious young performer exits stage left -- permanently -- courtesy of a head-bashing killer.
Murder is the cue for Jane's longtime leading man, Detective Mel VanDyne, to make his entrance. But Jane and Shelley have their own roles to play in this twisted true-life theatrical -- as they race to bring down the curtain on the villain of the piece, before the denouement turns into a real, corpse-strewn, Shakespearean-style tragedy!