The curtain rises on Cherry Tucker’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired for an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the drama director is hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious social media bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When the principal’s secretary commits suicide, Cherry suspects foul play.
Deputy Luke Harper is ready to return as Cherry’s leading man. He’s eager to assist in finding the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets offstage may doom them to the role as star-crossed lovers. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides it’s curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.
This is the fourth in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series (released in June) and is every bit as enjoyable as the others (yes, I have read them all). The "characters" at the private school for the arts are unique but appear to be dealing with the latest problem of cyberbullying through texts and the school's own social media. A student suicided the previous year and now the principal's secretary? Not likely. But Cherry is determined to find the texter or murderer.
Then there's the rivalry between the music program whose leader (Tinsley) hires Cherry to produce his set and the art teacher. In the meantime, on the home front, the family feud continues to create drama and dismay between Luke and Cherry - their very own version of the Hatfields and McCoys or Romeo and Juliet. A fun read and a bit of stretch to imagine Tinsley's version of Romeo and Juliet underwater with bubbles.
The previous books in the series:
Portrait of a Dead Guy (#1)
Still Life in Brunswick Stew (#2)
Hijack in Abstract (#3)