This is Book 1 in the original mystery series starring Dorothy Parker.
When producer Reginald Ignatius Pierce (Reggie to his friends, RIP to his enemies) is found dead in his luxurious apartment above the Broadway Theatre bearing his name, it is believed he choked on a cherry tomato. That he was not murdered is a surprise for Parker, Benchley, Woollcott and the regulars of the Round Table, upon receiving the news while lunching at the Algonquin Hotel. But for the fact that RIP was allergic to tomatoes, his death might have been deemed accidental. There are a number of suspects, from the estranged wife, his business partner, mistress, dozens of actors, even Woollcott is not beyond suspicion.
Soon more Theatre people are popping up dead, and Dorothy investigates with the help of Robert Benchley and Alexander Woollcott, delving into the pasts of the victims, eavesdropping behind the drapery, chasing clues around town and generally sleuthing about. And with the aid of the Round Table’s newspaper men—Frank Pierce Adams (FPA), Heywood Broun, Harold Ross among them—and, of course, the antics of The Marx Brothers, the reader follows the clues and joins in the fun.
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