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The Winter of Her Discontent (Rosie Winter Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

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, 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061139807
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #766,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haines does it again! 27 Jun. 2008
By D. White - Published on
In WAR AGAINST MISS WINTER, Haines created the irrepressible, wise-cracking character of Rosie Winter and set her mystery tale against the backdrop of New York's theatre scene during World War II. While that highly enjoyable novel teased with a level of verisimilitude that we're not used to seeing in a lot of mystery series, Haines takes Rosie several steps further in WINTER OF HER DISCONTENT. While the first novel's theatre-set story took place with WW II as a backdrop, the follow-up novel goes several steps further, giving us a mystery that's even more integrated into the moral and ethical dilemnas of wartime America. The result is a book that's as zippy and sharp as the first, but with a richness of character that's firmly set in a very specific time and place. Haines examines every nook and cranny of wartime New York City without ever sacrifcing the pacing and thoughtfulness that made WAR AGAINST MISS WINTER such an enjoyable thriller. As pulpy and lively as it is, there's an emotional truth to this series that you won't find elsewhere. Haines is really on to something and I, for one, can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spunky heroine does it again 30 Jun. 2008
By A. T. White - Published on
The second installment in the Rosie Winter mystery series offers more details on all fronts -- on Rosie, spunky actress and accidental private investigator, on life during WWII, as well as a backstage look at the NYC theatre scene. A great read for those who love historical mysteries and those with fabulous female heroines.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter of Her Discontent 25 July 2008
By Steven Rapaport - Published on
Mrs. Haines has again captured the memories of the 40's in an outstanding mystery novel. Rosie is at her best trying to make ends meet as an actress and solve another crime at the same time. Mrs. Haines is able to describe the hardships faced by the up and coming thespians and at the same time weave a mystery that unfolds within the settings of the theatre. She is able to bring her characters to life and make us either love, hate or feel sorry for them. As she tells the story, WW II is ever present playing its part in the outcome of the novel. Mrs. Haines has again written a must read book that should be #1 on every mystery lovers list!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining WW II era New York tale 28 Jun. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In 1943, wannabe Broadway actress Rosie Winter feels guilt and remorse as she just broke up with her boyfriend, sailor Jack, who is reported missing at sea. She and her roommate at Shaw House Jayne obtain work on the theatrical production of Goin' South, but Rosie fears the role will kill her career before it begins because she is part of the dance chorus and knows she can't dance; still it is work.

However, as opening night looms, Rosie feels good she has not been fired (so far). Someone kills one of the stars Paulette; shockingly Rosie's friend Al, the small time thug who works for Jayne's boyfriend Tony as an elbow breaker, confesses. Rosie does not believe Al committed the crime, so sets out to prove he is innocent even while dealing with beefless nights and starlets, as broke as she, live lives of luxury.

Although the final dance number seems somewhat anticlimactic, THE WINTER OF HER DISCONTENT is an entertaining WW II era New York tale. The amateur sleuth elements and the danger to Rosie and Jayne come late as the story line focuses on how the war impact people at home who sacrifice (some in strange ways like the black market repast industry that surfaces) to support the cause. Fans will enjoy this period piece in which the tidbits supersede the whodunit (see THE WAR AGAINST MISS WINTER for her previous home front WW II experience).

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner With Winter 10 July 2010
By Tamela Mccann - Published on
The Winter of Her Discontent is the second book in the Rosie Winter series by Kathryn Miller Haines and it's a winner for sure. Rosie, our intrepid heroine, finds out early on that her friend Al has been fingered as the murderer of a fellow actress but she's not buying it. In typical Rosie style, she's unable to let the subject go, and her investigation takes her into the black market world of the Mob, the machinations of some local actresses as they search for wealth and publicity, and the famous Stage Door Canteen. All of the adventures take place against WWII New York City, with Rosie's acting career placing her in the midst of the action; her heart, however, is still with ex-boyfriend Jack, missing in action somewhere in the South Pacific.

Haines does a dynamite job bringing the details of the era to life and paints pictures with her words that make you feel as though you are in Rosie's shoes as she investigates with her trademark smart mouth and bullheaded fortitude. Though the book is heavy on the slang of the times, it really adds a film noir feel to the plot. The mystery is deeply layered and Haines does a good job of not making the culprit(s) obvious. There is a problem throughout where the names Donald and George are used interchangeably, which is confusing (and should have been caught by an editor). But other than that minor misstep, The Winter of Her Discontent is a fun mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I've got book #3 lined up and ready to go!
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