The Winter of Her Discontent by Kathryn Miller Haines
A Rosie Winter Mystery (Rosie Winter Mysteries)

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It's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. But Rosie's got enough pluck for two: she's willing to stumble around in a Broadway dance chorus that she has no right to be a part of, in a musical that's got "flop" written all over it. And all the while, she's worrying about her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. Lately, she's also been keeping bad company with her mob-muscle pal, Al, who's dabbling in a host of shady money-making enterprises in this time of shortages and rationing. But despite his illicit line of work, Al's no killer. When the cops finger him for his girlfriend's murder, Rosie and Jayne, her close compatriot/fellow castmate, set out to clear big Al's name, and plunge into an intricate backstage drama featuring a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets. But the plot could soon be taking another lethal turn, bringing a final curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their good intentions.

 

About Kathryn Miller Haines

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Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their three dogs. The author of the popular Rosie Winter mystery series, this is her first novel for young adults. Visit her at kathrynmillerhaines.com. The Girl Is Trouble, the sequel to The Girl Is Murder, will be available from Roaring Brook Press in July 2012.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unable to land Broadway roles and anxious to see if she can reconnect with her soldier ex- boyfriend Jack, now MIA somewhere in the Solomon Islands, Rosie Winter and her best friend Jayne join the USO and prepare to board a troupe ship headed for the Pacific.

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Now that out-of-work actress Rosie Winter has been hired as a shamus’s gofer to pay her rent at a women’s theatrical boarding house, she’s in the perfect position to discover her boss’s dead body swinging from a cord in the office closet.

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Although her gams aren’t as graceful as her roommate Jayne’s, Rosie Winter is accepted along with Jayne for the chorus of Walter Friday’s new production, Goin’ South.

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I don't know how else to say it but I think Kathryn Miller Haines would have been far happier writing a non-fiction look at the effect that World War II had on Broadway, theater, actors, and how they supported the war effort.

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Rosie & her roommate at the boarding house where they are staying in New York City, are trying to land parts in any Broadway production during war time.

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When the cops finger him for his girlfriend's murder, Rosie and Jayne, her close compatriot/fellow castmate, set out to clear big Al's name, and plunge into an intricate backstage drama featuring a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets.

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