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Murder in the Second Row

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There are many things that can go wrong between casting a show and Opening Night. Finding a body in the second row is just one of them. The old Regent Theatre needs repairs, its future under threat when developers gain community support to build a shopping mall on the site. In a last desperate attempt to prove that the century-old building can make money and is worth saving, theatre manager Jessica Jones encourages the committee to engage a top director to stage Agatha Christie's classic, Appointment with Death. The roles are cast and rehearsals begin. But hot young actress Tamara Fitzpatrick is found dead in the auditorium, and police close the theatre with just a few weeks to go before opening night. Then, as if Jessica's life wasn't complicated enough, the police officer heading the investigation begins to take an unusual interest in her. Jessica pulls the backstage team together to keep the show on the boards, despite sinister threats that escalate to physical attacks on both her and her beloved theatre. With support from her crew and round-the-clock surveillance from her handsome police escort, Jessica survives the Final Night showdown and the theatre lives on.
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About the Author

Always the storyteller at school, Bev Robitai emigrated from England to New Zealand at age 12. After graduation from Canterbury University, a career in photo developing gave her an inside view of countless private lives. She became deeply involved with running amateur theatre in Nelson in the 80s and 90s, producing and staging numerous shows. After moving to Auckland in 1998 she began writing fiction, along with occasional lifestyle articles for Next magazine, and photography and travel articles for magazines in NZ and the US. Bev has written two crime novels - Murder in the Second Row and Eye for an Eye. Murder in the Second Row is set in the Theatre Royal in Nelson and was launched there in June 2010. Bev Robitai currently works as a freelance photographer and writer on Auckland's North Shore.

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