Mallory doesn't like all the dead bodies piling up. She also doesn't like the notes being left backstage by some unknown writer. Some of the messages are new cues or rewritten dialogue. Some are directed at Mallory: ''Cruel, I know, but you must lose your lovely head. Oh, the bloody things I do for art.'' By the time the last note comes — ''Tonight’s the night. Nothing personal'' — Mallory connects the current murders with a massacre that happened long ago. Can she unmask the killer before the final curtain? Not without exposing a few secrets and uncovering a few lies that somebody desperately wants to keep hidden.
O'Connell appears at a reading/signing session today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑524‑8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Wed., Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., 2013