Who Dropped Peter Pan? (A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery)

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Stints in Hollywood and academia have convinced Jocelyn O'Roarke that life on the road is for actors with youth, stamina, and a soupcon of masochism. So she's relieved to be back home on New York's Upper West Side, gossiping with her old pal P.J. Cullen, a transplanted Texan who's currently stage-managing a production of Peter Pan. With P.J. around, it doesn't take long for Josh to catch up on the theatre world's latest buzz - especially with P.J. providing entertaining but scathing reviews of Peter Pan's ...
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Stints in Hollywood and academia have convinced Jocelyn O'Roarke that life on the road is for actors with youth, stamina, and a soupcon of masochism. So she's relieved to be back home on New York's Upper West Side, gossiping with her old pal P.J. Cullen, a transplanted Texan who's currently stage-managing a production of Peter Pan. With P.J. around, it doesn't take long for Josh to catch up on the theatre world's latest buzz - especially with P.J. providing entertaining but scathing reviews of Peter Pan's director and star, the wildly egotistic, undeniably middle-aged Rich Rafelson. As it turns out, Rafelson's run as Peter Pan is as short-lived as it is high-flown, for at the first preview as he soars above the stage his harness breaks, plunging him downward to death. Worse yet, as stage manager, P.J. ends up being the lead suspect in backstage foul play. It's time for Josh to wend her way through the growing number of suspects' bedrooms and her old police-precinct haunts in an all-out effort to save her friend. Along the way, as usual, she mingles with a fascinating cast of characters, from a sassy, hyper woman lawyer who discovers love on the boards to a salty police sergeant to a steady-Eddie carpenter who throws a monkey wrench into the proceedings. New York isn't the quiet town Josh thought she was coming home to, and it starts to feel rather small when her East and West Coast beaux collide. Josh doesn't miss a cue in the middle of all this high drama, though, proving once again that she's at the top of her form when it comes to murder, men, and mayhem.

Convinced that life on the road is for actors and youth, Josh returns to New York's Upper West Side. There she gossips with her old friend P.J. Cullen, the stage manager of a production of Peter Pan. When the show's director and star plunges to his death, Cullen is the lead suspect and Josh must uncover plots both thespian and murderous. From the author of Murder on Cue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometime actress, sometime sleuth, Jocelyn ``Josh'' O'Roarke (The Queen Is Dead, etc.) is happy to be back east after a sojourn in L.A.-happy, that is, until a regional theater production of Peter Pan makes La-La Land look a lot safer than Never Never Land. At a preview, Josh is among the packed house that witnesses Rich Rafelson, the Peakmont Playhouse's gay, middle-aged artistic director who has miscast himself as Peter, plunge to his death when his flying harness breaks during his preposterously elaborate curtain call. The police suspect Josh's friend P.J. Cullen, a crew member who tended the harness (which was deliberately cut) and had squabbled with Rich. Not only does Josh have to get her pal off the hook, but she must juggle beaux when her California lover shows up unexpectedly in New York to complicate her off-and-on relationship with cop Phillip Gerrard. While happily distracted by the tangle of enmities that swirled around Rich, she stumbles onto the trail of an old, unresolved crime. Dentinger chucks in the kitchen sink and a brazen amount of camp, but exhibits wit enough, in the finale, to save her from her own chutzpa. (Oct.)
Library Journal
New York actress and sometime amateur sleuth Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke has just returned to New York City after a stint on the West Coast. When Josh and best friend P.J.a stage managerattend a revival of Peter Pan, they witness the "accidental" death of the unlikely lead, a fortyish, egotistical, and possibly criminal gay man. The evidence first points to P.J., but thirtyish, energetic Josh swings into high gear to protect her buddy. Because of the theater scandal, her own theatrics, and her relationships with two lovers, Josh runs herself ragged. Lots of dialog, a little New York City atmosphere, and easy-to-take prose recommend this to most collections. From the author of The Queen Is Dead (LJ 8/94).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670860708
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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