Wednesday, September 12, 2018



Business is humming at Dodie O'Dell's Windjammer Restaurant, where she offers theme menus connected to the Etonville Little Theatre’s amateur productions. This June, the theatre is collaborating with the neighboring Creston Players to stage Bye Bye Birdie under the stars—their first musical! There's a contest in the play to pick a fan to receive rock idol Conrad Birdie's last kiss before he ships off for the Army, so Dodie plans a contest to pick the food for a pre-show picnic.

But before the show opens, Ruby, the rehearsal accompanist, is found dead in her car. Why would anyone murder the crusty old gal who loved to sneak a smoke and a nip between wisecracks? Once again, the resourceful restaurant manager must play the part of amateur sleuth, accompanied by Police Chief Bill Thompson, who also happens to be her beau. Confronted with a chorus of suspects, she'll need to stay composed to catch the killer—or it'll be bye bye Dodie . . .

Book Details:

Title: Just in Time

Author: Suzanne Trauth

Genre: Cozy Mystery

SERIES: A Dodie O'Dell Mystery, book 4

Publisher: Kensington Publishing (September 25, 2018)

Print length: 214 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


A few of your favorite things: Spring, sunset, the color blue, chewy brownies, popcorn.
Things you need to throw out: Food left in the refrigerator for over a week, clothes I haven’t worn in five years, scrap paper.

Things you need in order to write: A mug of tea, my laptop, notes, research, a red or green pen.
Things that hamper your writing: Checking email and Facebook, my sometimes messy desk

Things you love about writing: The creative process, getting lost in the characters and plot, having people say they enjoy my books, receiving the galleys to proof.
Things you hate about writing: Finishing that first draft, the first hour at my computer.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Generating ideas for new stories, plots, characters.
Hardest thing about being a writer: Maintaining discipline every day – sitting down at the computer every day.

Things you love about where you live: Northern NJ – close to NYC, close to theatre, close to the Jersey shore, close to other northeast cities.
Things that make you want to move: The traffic, cost of living, the Lincoln Tunnel into NYC, constant road construction.

Words that describe you: Driven, ambitious, empathetic, good sense of humor.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Type A, anxious, hyper-responsible.

Favorite foods: Seafood, baked potatoes, broccoli, salads, brownies.
Things that make you want to throw up: Liver, eggplant.

Favorite beverage: Tea
Something that gives you a pickle face: Beet juice.

Favorite smell: New mown grass.

Something that makes you hold your nose: Old garbage.

Something you’re really good at: Multi-tasking.
Something you’re really bad at: Tennis.

People you consider as heroes: My mother, Helen Mirren, Abraham Lincoln.
People with a big L on their foreheads: People who have no compassion, people who are compulsively self-absorbed.

Last best thing you ate: Quiche Florentine.

Last thing you regret eating: Mushroom soup.

Things you always put in your books: Restaurant menus and specialties, a play production.
Things you never put in your books: Graphic violence.

Things to say to an author: I love your book! It made me laugh out loud.
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I liked your last book better.

Favorite places you’ve been: South of France, Italy, Barcelona, Jersey Shore.
Places you never want to go to again: South Dakota, Russia, south island of New Zealand.

Favorite books: Mysteries (Louis Penny, Elizabeth George), literary fiction (All the Light We Cannot See; Isabel Allende)
Books you would ban: Some science fiction.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Barack Obama, Maggie Smith, Pope Francis, Helen Mirren.

People you’d cancel dinner on: My eighth grade teacher, colleagues from my first teaching job.

Things that make you happy: A good book, dinner with friends, a great play, my family
Things that drive you crazy: Getting stuck in traffic, being late, waiting in lines.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Walked 60 miles in three days for charity.
Biggest mistake: Signed up for flying lessons.


Suzanne Trauth’s novels include Show Time, Time Out, Running Out of Time, and Just in Time. Her plays include La Fonda, Fran├žoise, Midwives, Rehearsing Desire, iDream, Katrina: the K Word, and Three Sisters Under the Hood. Her screenplays Solitaire and Boomer Broads have won awards at the Austin Film Festival, among other contests, and she wrote and directed the short film Jigsaw.

She is currently a member of Writers Theatre of New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program. Ms. Trauth has co-authored Sonia Moore and American Acting Training and co-edited Katrina on Stage: Five Plays. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Connect with Suzanne:
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