The Winter of Her Discontent (Rosie Winter Series #2)
  • The Winter of Her Discontent (Rosie Winter Series #2)
  • The Winter of Her Discontent (Rosie Winter Series #2)

The Winter of Her Discontent (Rosie Winter Series #2)

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by Kathryn Miller Haines
     
 

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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,

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Rhys Bowen
“Perfectly captures the feel, sights and sounds of New York in the 1940s.”
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...”
Publishers Weekly

Haines serves up hefty portions of medium-rare WWII home-front nostalgia, wartime slang and theater lore in her second Rosie Winter mystery (after 2007's The War Against Miss Winter). In March 1943, aspiring Broadway actress Rosie has her problems: she broke up with her sailor boyfriend, Jack, just before he shipped out and now he's missing in action; she's stuck with best friend Jayne in a cheap Manhattan rooming house with backstabbing theatrical aspirants; her petty gangster buddy Al's in the hoosegow for a murder Rosie's sure he didn't do; and beef rationing looms as a cruel April Fool's joke. Haines makes the girls' physical and emotional hungers both vivid and poignant as they desperately try to keep smiling, but her bitter tale about wartime sacrifices inevitably producing corruption is riddled with inaccuracies (e.g., U.S.A.A.F. officers wore olive drab, not dress blues; corporal isn't a navy rank). Still, Haines brings home the painful price the "greatest generation" paid more gallantly than anyone then knew. (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
A hapless dancer and consummate sleuth survives meatless Tuesdays during World War II. 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. Many mishaps await between rehearsals and opening night. Paulette, one of the leading ladies, is murdered, and Al, a mobster gofer for Jayne's sweetie Tony B., confesses and is jailed. Sets crash. And the stench of carnage arises from the theater basement, where the play's backer, Vinnie "the Butcher" Garvaggio, comes and goes at odd hours. To prove their pal Al is innocent despite his confession, Rosie and Jayne investigate and are soon awash in Paulette's dead husbands, fiance and new boyfriend, as well as the amorous soldiers they fend off at the Stage Door Canteen. They must deal with jealous actresses also living at the Shaw House and black market meals in which horse substitutes for steer. Eventually the play opens and swiftly closes; Al gets out of jail; and the gals begin to look for new jobs and new boyfriends. A breezy look back at the '40s, complete with starlets in short skirts and mobsters smoking Cuban cigars. Rosie's debut needs a better last act, but she deserves another crack at stardom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061139802
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Series:
Rosie Winter Series, #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
418,400
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Rhys Bowen
“Perfectly captures the feel, sights and sounds of New York in the 1940s.”

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