Books. Peak Season for Murder by Gail Lukasik. Reviewed by Patricia K. Batta. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!
Things pile up quickly on Door County Gazette reporter Leigh Girard. She is in the middle of a story about the rejuvenated Bayside Theater when she discovers her recently homeless, recovering alcoholic friend Brownie is dead, she has to find a new place to live within a month, and her estranged husband serves her with divorce papers, dredging up a whole slew of feelings she thought she had left behind.
Leigh’s boss Jake orders her to stay out of investigating Brownie’s death and concentrate on the Bayside Theater article. That is hard to do when Brownie’s friend, Ken, insists someone killed Brownie. He knows this because there were cherry wine bottles at the scene of Brownie’s death, and Brownie only drank bourbon.
Leigh has promised Ken she will find Brownie’s family, but that proves difficult to do. And she finds herself busy trying to untangle a snarl of ambitions, resentments, and relationships when she delves into the lives of the actors who are instrumental in revitalizing the theater. Then lead actor Nate Ryan is murdered and other disturbing things start to happen. Things that seem somehow related to the unsolved disappearance of local actress Danielle Moyer twenty-three years ago, the last time Nate Ryan and fellow professional actor Julian Finch were in town.
Between the double murders, the insights into the workings of a theatrical company, and Leigh’s struggles in her personal life, Gail Lukasik has put together a story that will keep the reader engrossed from beginning to end.