Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana's breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana's interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?
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Joe Cosentino is the Agatha Christie of the twenty-first century. This is a masterful cozy mystery, full of humor, colorful characters, clues, plot twists, red herrings, a surprise (but totally earned) ending, and even some romance. Our heroine, Jana Lane, America’s most famous ex-child star, has come into her own in the second book. While she is still charming, vulnerable and unassuming, she is also strong, passionate, perceptive, and self-assured. She makes the perfect amateur detective. It is very clever how she uses all the skills that she learned in her roles as a child star to protect herself and solve the mystery. Placing the story in the 1980’s also gives it a period feeling with topical and cultural references. Jana is making a comeback film as clashing egos surround her. People start getting murdered on the set, and it looks like Jana may be the next target. Meanwhile, her husband is away on business, and she finds herself mesmerized by the film’s leading man. Follow the intriguing story as Jana stays true to herself and unravels the murder plots. This is a fast-moving book that had me guessing until the end.
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Porcelain Doll by Joe Cosentino is a delightful mystery with a headstrong leading lady. Jana Lane is a former child star recovering from the murderous events of the first novel, Paper Doll. She has her life back to normal, except for the pesky nightmares about being chased through the woods. When her manager, Simon, talks her into taking a lead role in a movie to be shot at her estate, she thinks this will bring her out of her current mood. Her time back on set is just what she needs. That is, until a murder occurs on set. The local detective refuses to believe her, again. She finds solace with one of her leading men, Jason Apollo, otherwise known as America’s heartthrob. When Jana receives a threatening note, she makes it her priority to find out who the murderer is, hopefully before she becomes the next victim. What a delight! A fun mystery that takes place in the 1980s with a range of engaging characters and a strong heroine, Porcelain Doll has no faults. Joe Cosentino creates a realistic world by using real events occurring at the time. Jana is helping a fundraiser to raise money for AIDS research. There’s also a fun reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger that is really funny. Jana is the perfect heroine for a mystery. She’s headstrong, nosy, and doesn’t know when to quit. She sees the best in people and fights for those she loves. In addition there is a range of great side characters that get more charming with each scene. Simon and Cornelius are adorable and perfect as her supportive friends. Jason Apollo is a layered character, who has more to him than his image. He’s charming, sincere, and the perfect Hardy boy to her Nancy Drew as she searches for clues. A must-read for mystery lovers! Porcelain Doll is charming with a great insight to the rise and fall of stardom, and with a twist at the end I honestly didn’t see coming.