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Murder on Cue (The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Dentinger

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In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late

Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet’s understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one—and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect.
 
With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on.
 
Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask.  

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUOP8YQ
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a theatrical series 25 July 2013
By Randee Baty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Murder on Cue is the first in a series of mysteries about Jocelyn O'Roarke, a New York actress. From the beginning it reminded me of the Charles Paris mysteries by Simon Brett and that is always a good thing. You are plunged into the atmosphere of the New York theater scene. It is a setting that the author obviously knows well.

Jocelyn is given the understudy role in a new dramatic courtroom play. The actress playing the lead is not universally loved by the rest of the cast. Tensions are high and result in murder which Jocelyn is forced to help investigate to protect herself.

I really enjoyed this book which is a bit edgier than a cozy but definitely close to that genre. There were a couple of mentions of casual drug use and more talk about sex than will happen in a cozy so you can decide if that is for you or not.

The characters were realistic and fun. The mystery wasn't the most difficult to figure out but it didn't jump off the page either. I found myself playing "Name that Play" throughout as the characters love to quote famous theatrical works. Likeable characters, great setting, decent mystery. I'll be back for more of Jocelyn O'Roarke .

I received this copy through Netgalley and appreciate the opportunity to read it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enoyable read 16 July 2004
By Alexi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Murder on Cue is the first of the O'Roarke series. It is an easy & enjoyable read, one you can finish in a day's time. Despite the amateurish mystery approach, the blend of interesting characters with their theatrical lines make up for any shortcoming(s) the book may have.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done murder mystery procedural 4 Sept. 2014
By Russell J. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I “met” Jane Dentinger when I recently read Arthur Bracknell’s memoir Moose Murdered, the tale of his failed Broadway play. Dentinger, was, and I assume, still is, Bracknell’s best friend. While his play was having its dying gasps, Dentinger was releasing her novel Murder on Cue. As it is a murder mystery set in the world of theater, I figured it would be right up my alley. And having Bracknell praise it so much, I had to acquire it. So I ordered an ancient copy of the book. After all, it was first published in 1983. Murder on Cue is very ably written. Dentinger fully understands and follows the set murder mystery formula: meet the suspects, reveal the murder, do the investigating, gather the suspects and relate the facts, accuse the murderer, talk about how the murderer came to be known. It’s time honored in books, movies, and TV. Dentinger is no doubt of child of the 70s and 80s, those days of numerous TV mystery series, the most notable being Murder, She Wrote. I find no fault whatsoever with Murder on Cue as a procedural mystery. And I enjoyed the setting. Anyone who is a mega-fan of murder mysteries will love the book; if that reader also loves the theater, then said reader may also adore the book. But I, too, am a TV nut. I’ve watched far too much Murder, She Wrote, and I like my mysteries solved in 43 minutes. Even today, one of my favorite shows is Death in Paradise, where the formula above is finis in that stated 43 minutes. So I got bogged down in Murder on Cue. I wanted it to move faster. I wanted some of the description to be edited out. I wanted to get to that conclusion faster, that denouement to be delineated in less than its allotted ten pages. That’s just me, though, so if you like your mysteries paced a bit slower, you’ll like this book. It is firmly set in the milieu of 1980s theater and NYC. That’s a plus. But if cigarette smoking bothers you, that’s a minus. Just about everybody smokes endlessly. I know, I know. It takes place long before public place smoking bans, but it also takes place long after the surgeon general’s report on smoking, and I think that using the smoking as a character or plot device is a bit too handy in this novel. One final thing that bugged the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of me: Dentinger uses the term “all right” about ten million, zillion times. She spells it “alright.” I did not want to call her out in this review based on my own knowledge. But it proved to be correct, for this is what I found when I researched the correct spelling: “In all uses and contexts, ‘all right’ is the only correct spelling.” Authors don’t have to know how to spell; editors do. Shame on Dentinger’s editor!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Good! 7 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was simply GREAT! I got this book from my elder sister as I am very much into mystery and suspence. The beginning was a bit boring according to me but later on it picked up. I kept on turning pages to know what will happen next.I finished this book in three days. So, if you are interested in mysteries then this one is for you. It revolves around Joceyln O'Roarke who takes part in a play and how she gets involved in a murder. She is the actual who solves and finds the murderer.The rest you have to find it yourself.
5.0 out of 5 stars murder on Cue has great timing 24 April 2014
By jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Murder on Cue-
Story has an excellent plot containing surprising turns. The character development is complete and not at all disappointing.The end comes to soon and left me with the need for further adventures with the heroine.
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