Winter in June (Rosie Winter Series #3)

Winter in June (Rosie Winter Series #3)

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by Kathryn Miller Haines
     
 

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New York, 1943: Aspiring actress Rosie Winter has been marooned in New York throughout the war. Now, faced with the news that her ex-boyfriend Jack might not be coming home again, she's desperate to leave the home front and head for the war front. So when Rosie and her best pal Jayne get an offer to go to the South Pacific to perform with USO Camp Shows, they

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New York, 1943: Aspiring actress Rosie Winter has been marooned in New York throughout the war. Now, faced with the news that her ex-boyfriend Jack might not be coming home again, she's desperate to leave the home front and head for the war front. So when Rosie and her best pal Jayne get an offer to go to the South Pacific to perform with USO Camp Shows, they jump at the chance.

But being a greasepaint soldier isn't as easy as they had hoped. Not only are the cast members surly, the schedules inhumane, and the housing conditions primitive but they also have to travel with a major—and majorly difficult—Hollywood star. But none of that is as bad as living in a war zone, and when tragedy strikes, Rosie and Jayne are left wondering if they are being targeted by the enemy or if something far more sinister is afoot.

Editorial Reviews

Rhys Bowen
“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.”
Booklist
“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.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“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.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“What separates “Miss Winter” from the other well-plotted mysteries are the well-researched backdrop of New York in 1943 and the excellent writing.”
Pittsburgh Magazine
“Highly satisfying and clever...a well-constructed theatrical treasure hunt.”
Acadiana LifeStyle (LA)
“Delightfully nostalgic and entertaining.”
Publishers Weekly

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)

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Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061579561
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Series:
Rosie Winter Series, #3
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
688,644
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Rhys Bowen
“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.”

Meet the Author

Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, award-winning playwright, and artistic director of a Pittsburgh-based theater company.

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Winter in June (Rosie Winter Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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benniec More than 1 year ago
The Rosie Winter books, and Winter in June is no exception, are a pitch-perfect view into America of the 1940's. The characters are compelling, the story is exciting.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1943 wannabe actress Rosie Winter and her friend Jayne are getting ready to sail on the Queen of the Ocean, which will take them to the recently cleared of the Japanese militarily important Solomon Islands. While waiting in line to board the ship, a shot is heard and the body of a woman floating in the water is seen. Passengers panic, but USO Camp Show performers Jayne and Rosie remain eager to entertain the troops. They look forward to meeting the rest of the troupe especially top Hollywood star Gilda Devane, a wild child just released from her contract. When they arrive at Tulagi, the main U.S. base of operations in the South Pacific, they find out that the dead woman was Captain Irene Zinn, a WAC with an MGM contract. Rosie has another reason for coming to the Solomon Islands; her former boyfriend Jack was here and she wants to know what happened to him. They learn that someone is stealing medical supplies, but so far no one has been able to catch the perpetrator. During a performance, one of the dancers is wounded and another killed. Rosie thinks the murder here is linked to the death of the WAC. She also finds out that Jack is missing, had used an alias, and is impossible to trace. Rosie determines the missing medical supplies, the homicides, and Jack tie together leading to heartache for her. Mindful of Bob Hope shows in Viet Nam, this vivid WWII mystery depicts life as a USO entertainer as Kathryn Miller Haines provides depth to her insightful look back to the war in the Pacific. Rosie is a strong willed independent person who places herself in danger while performing for the military. The mystery enhances an engaging glimpse of Hollywood goes to war. Harriet Klausner