“What a blast from the past. Kathryn Miller Haines perfectly captures the feel, sights and sounds of New York in the 1940s. Her Rosie (not a riveter but struggling actress and reluctant sleuth) is feisty, mouthy and a lot of fun.”
“Haines capably combines homefront ambience (rationing, worries over soldier boyfriends)with plenty of backstage drama…and Rosie and Jane make a winning team of fiesty homefronters.”
“Haines particularly excels at drawing interesting characters, and her story of USO performers in the South Pacific is well-paced.”
Sullivan County Democrat
“The historical atmosphere is deftly evoked, and Rosie is great company.”
“What separates “Miss Winter” from the other well-plotted mysteries are the well-researched backdrop of New York in 1943 and the excellent writing.”
“Highly satisfying and clever...a well-constructed theatrical treasure hunt.”
Acadiana LifeStyle (LA)
“Delightfully nostalgic and entertaining.”
Actress Rosie Winter, the narrator of Haines's lively third WWII-era mystery (after 2008's The Winter of Her Discontent), sets sail from San Francisco for the Solomon Islands in the spring of 1943, though a woman's body found floating in the water nearby delays the ship's departure. Rosie, whose ex-boyfriend is missing somewhere in the Pacific theater, is part of a USO troupe that includes adventurous friend Jayne Hamilton, who's walking away from her mobster boyfriend, and Gilda DeVane, a former MGM player. Once on the island of Tulagi, Rosie and her pals mostly have fun performing their song-and-dance routines and consorting with friendly servicemen, until a deadly sniper attack prompts the military authorities to move the entertainers to WAAC barracks for their protection. Full of evocative period detail (a sailor is called Spanky after the kid in the Our Gang comedies), this entry, for all its humorous and lighthearted moments, builds to a dramatic and sobering conclusion. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A USO troupe causes almost as much mayhem in the Pacific as the Japanese. 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. Their departure is delayed while a dead girl is fished out of the water. None of the other USO actresses admit to knowing her-not Kay, a former WAAC; not Violet, a highly competitive comedienne; not fading cinema beauty Gilda DeVane, recently dismissed by both MGM and her married lover, actor Van Lauer. Some of them are lying, of course. At length the ship docks at Tulagi, where resumes are compared and Gilda is dispatched by a bullet. It's clear, at least to Rosie, that both deaths are related. And there are more worries. Rosie learns that Jack is dead. Jayne loses her pilot beau in an air battle. And a poor Japanese soldier is framed for Gilda's murder. More sniping and more information about Jack will leave Rosie and Jayne to go on with the show with tears in their eyes. Haines, who excels at breezy nostalgia (The Winter of Her Discontent, 2008, etc.), focuses this time on sadder wartime memories. Not a three-hankie read, but certainly rates a sniffle or two.