Murder on Cue [NOOK Book]

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In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late


Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his ...
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Murder on Cue

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Overview



In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late


Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet’s understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one—and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect.
 
With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on.
 Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask.  

Murder takes center stage in an entertaining mystery set in the theater world--the first in a series from successful stage actress Jane Dentinger. Watch for Viking's release of Dentinger's new novel Deadpan. was an Edgar Award nominee. Advertising in mystery publications.

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What People Are Saying

William L. DeAndrea
"Dentinger has given in this one book nifty theatrical color, an engaging heroine, some of the best nasty-funny backstage backstabbing dialogue since Simon Brett, and not one but two absolutely diabolical murder methods. A very impressive debut."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480436879
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 30,104
  • File size: 879 KB

Meet the Author


Jane Dentinger was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with a BFA in theatre, then moved to Manhattan, where she still resides. After making her stage debut in Joe Papp’s production of Pericles at the Delacorte Theatre, she acted off Broadway in All My Sons at the Roundabout Theatre and in Jack Heifner’s Vanities for ages.

By the time Vanities finally closed, there were a lot of people she wanted to kill, and hence, she wrote her debut mystery, Murder on Cue, on a grant of sorts from the New York State Department of Labor. It was the first of six novels featuring actress Jocelyn O’Roarke, whom the New Yorker dubbed “an artsy Philip Marlowe.”
While writing her novels, Dentinger managed Murder Ink, a preeminent mystery bookstore in New York City, for eight years. In October of 1999, Dentinger became senior editor of the Mystery Guild Book Club. In 2005, she was made editor in chief, a position she held until December, 2013.  
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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Murder on Cue is the first in a series of mysteries about Jocely

    Murder on Cue is the first in a series of mysteries about Jocelyn O’Roarke, a New York actress. From the beginning it reminded me of the Charles Paris mysteries by Simon Brett and that is always a good thing. You are plunged into the atmosphere of the New York theater scene. It is a setting that the author obviously knows well.

    Jocelyn is given the understudy role in a new dramatic courtroom play. The actress playing the lead is not universally loved by the rest of the cast. Tensions are high and result in murder which Jocelyn is forced to help investigate to protect herself.

    I really enjoyed this book which is a bit edgier than a cozy but definitely close to that genre. There were a couple of mentions of casual drug use and more talk about sex than will happen in a cozy so you can decide if that is for you or not.

    The characters were realistic and fun. The mystery wasn’t the most difficult to figure out but it didn’t jump off the page either. I found myself playing “Name that Play” throughout as the characters love to quote famous theatrical works. Likeable characters, great setting, decent mystery. I’ll be back for more of Jocelyn O’Roarke .

    I received this copy through Netgalley and appreciate the opportunity to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting amateur sleuth tale

    Jocelyn 'Josh' O'Rourke has paid her dues as an actress and feels it is time to reap the rewards for her patience. She obtains a minor role in 'Term of Trial' as well as serving as the understudy to the star Harriet Weldon. The angels behind this production are Harriet's father and husband so although the leading lady lacks spark and skill the role is set. <P>During a rehearsal, Harriet is temporarily called away so the director has Josh replace her. When Harriet returns only to observe how well Josh and the leading man work together, harsh words are exchanged. Josh leaves for a few hours only to return to learn that Harriet is dead. Josh takes over the part, but is also the number one suspect. Josh begins to make her own inquiries to insure that the sexy homicide detective only sees her on social calls. <P>The heroine of this production has plenty of moxie on the stage and off and has the courage to act on her convictions even if it leads to trouble. Jane Dentinger does a fantastic job hiding the killer in plain sight, but it is doubtful that many will guess who has the part as the means and motive makes Josh appear as the killer. This is a reprint of a Reagan era novel, but remains current and fresh in the Dubya era. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Starbloom

    Smiled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Maudclaw

    Ok everyone may join starbloom sure. Adviertise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Willowpaw

    "Thank you." She dipped her head gratefuly and paced off to make a bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Riverflame

    Noooo I think I am locked out of "Leafpool's Wish" not sure though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    This was difficult to get into and didnt

    Archived it and will try again .the thing is it is just like another I didnt finish did I buy two of the same? Will avoid combo for a few months actress play movie murder new york or hollywood mom

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Yawn

    Another silly bimbo who thinks she's smarter than the cops as well as indestructible. And once again we are asked to believe that a competent detective would be completely enamored of this cretinous troublemaker, instead of arresting her for obstruction. Please! How many times must we be subjected to this tripe?

    I realize (all too well, with all the dated chain-smoking and has references) that this book was written quite a while ago. But the annoyingly unqualified amateur detective was old news when this book was written as well.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Good mystery series

    Read it before a little high for first in series with others already out suggest 1,98 sincevothers are usually more

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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