Dusty Books: Audition for Murder and Cruising for Murder

Two mysteries that might likely be languishing on the shelf, probably because what started off as a funny, cozy series stopped after two novels. Which is really too bad, because they are wonderfully written light mysteries , with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and an endearing heroine that will appeal to readers who enjoy the sassiness of Janet Evanovich.

Wisecracking Morgan Taylor is a Chicago actress-turned-sleuth. In Audition for Murder, she is thrust into a spotlight she doesn’t want when 2 of her theater pals are murdered. The follow-up, Cruising for Murder,  finds Morgan as a lead performer on a cruise ship, but it turns out the actress she’s replacing might not have died accidentally, after all.

I do wish authors Susan Sussman and Sarajan Avidon could have continued this series, not just because I have a personal interest in musical theater, but because, as the Booklist review for Cruising for Murder put it, “This is a stylish and absorbing story featuring a woman you will wish was your friend in real life.”  Unfortunately, Avidon, a popular Chicago actress, passed away in 2006.



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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  1. Thanks for your kind words about AUDITION and CRUISING FOR MURDER. I, too, miss Sarajene. We met as 15 year-old Cherubs at Northwestern’s summer program for high school students. When she became too ill to act, I pressured her to collaborate on theater mysteries with me. It was such great fun and the readings we did at libraries and bookstores were hysterical!

    Since you are dusting off titles, may I throw out THE DIETER? The Sarajane character in my book is not MY Sarajane, but I love the name and it fit the soft southern sound I wanted.

    Thanks again for you kind words,

    Sue S.

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