Dead Pan by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery

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In the fourth book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, where the eponymous stage actress and sometimes-detective goes, murder follows—even all the way across the country . . .
New York City has dried up for Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke. Her career on the stage has stalled. Her relationship with NYPD lieutenant Phillip Gerrard is through. She needs a way out, and a supporting role in a Hollywood TV movie seems like just the thing. But once on the West Coast, she discovers that her role is to support washed-up child star Ginger Jellicoe’s comeback attempt. When Buddy Banks, the production’s photography director and Ginger’s surrogate father, is murdered in a darkroom, Josh is pressed once again to put her sleuthing skills to use. With the help of dashing LAPD detective Dwayne Hamill, Josh races to clear Ginger’s name while keeping the former child star from becoming the killer’s next victim. Dead Pan is the fourth book in the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which begins with Murder on Cue and First Hit of the Season.
 

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Published July 30, 2013 by Open Road Media. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Answering a hurried call to take over for the recently deceased, and dearly mourned, acting teacher Tessa Grant in a Corinth (N.Y.) College production of The Winter's Tale, Joceyln O'Roarke (Dead Pan, 1992, etc.) doesn't realize she'll soon be investigating Grant's death as well.

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The fourth in this zingy series featuring New York actress/sleuth Jocelyn O'Roarke (Death Mask, etc.) brings her to Hollywood to work in a TV movie scripted by longtime friend Austin Frost.

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Jocelyn ``Josh'' O'Roarke again proves she is a real trooper as professional actress and amateur sleuth when the sudden death by heart attack of renowned actress Tessa Grant leaves Corinth College's production of A Winter's Tale without a female lead.

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Ginger is trying to deal with her parents' recent deaths and her complicated relationships with a host of demanding people: domineering Buddy Banks, executor of her parents' estate and the film's director of photography;

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