When Edwina "Sully" Sullivan, a retired cop turned theater manager, learns that a production of Romeo and Juliet--which Cliffside Theater's Dimitri Traietti left town to direct--is in serious trouble, she sets aside her grant applications and heads to Boston to help.
Between managing Dimitri, consulting with costume and set designers, and schmoozing with potential funders, Sully puts on nearly every hat in the biz. But the one hat she doesn't expect to wear is that of her old job as a cop. When a socialite is murdered in Boston's Public Garden, Sully's ex-husband becomes the prime suspect. So she reprises her role as an ace investigator and once again steps into the spotlight to solve a crime. (Summary via Goodreads)
With a Kiss I Die is the second book in the Theater Cop Mystery series by J.A. Hennrikus and boy is the main character, Sully Sullivan, a very busy and popular person !! (Very similar to the author I may add.)
Sully is a theater manager who use to be a cop. You would think with that drastic of a career change, things would be quiet, slow and maybe boring. Nope....that is not the case with Sully. When we begin reading With a Kiss I Die, Sully's theater, Cliffside Theater, is in between productions so it is slow. While Sully is working on grants and reports, Dimitri, the director of the theater goes to Boston to help aother theater with their production of Romeo and Juliet.
Unfortunately everything that could go wrong with the Romeo and Juliet production is going wrong and even things that aren't are. Sully goes to Boston to calm Dimitri down and help in any way that she can. While at a party where she is hoping to meet with some people that could help with funding an expansion for Cliifside, there is a confrontation between some key people and later one of them is found stangled in the park.
Even though Sully is in Boston to help with the production of Romeo and Juliet and trying to meet with some people for grants for the Cliffside, she finds herself in the middle of the investigation. While Sully is just asking questions staying off of the local cops radar, it doesn't stay that way for long. Especially when her ex-husband doesn't show up for a meeting and leaves some cryptic messages......
There is a lot going on in With A Kiss I Die.....the story is fast paced and full of adrenaline causing feelings. I only wish that I had been able to read A Christmas Peril, the first book in this series so that I could have been able to know more of Sully's background. This is not to say that you cannot pick up With a Kiss I Die and not know what is going on or be able to follow the story. You can read With a Kiss I Die and fall in love with Sully and her friends and the theater life and thoroughly enjoy the story. I did .... I guess I'm selfish and want more of Sully. She is definitely someone you will want to hang out with !!! With that said..... I think I am going to have to go get a copy of A Christmas Peril so that I can spend some more time with Sully until the third book in this series comes out. So whatever book you start read, I highly recommend this series !!!
Review by Missi S.