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Murder on Cue (The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries Book 1) by [Dentinger, Jane]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUOP8YQ
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9eefc624) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9efbc4e0) 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
HASH(0x9fdab714) 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0dce58) 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!
HASH(0x9efae5e8) out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Whodunit 22 Oct. 2013
By julie whiteley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Murder on Cue by Jane Dentinger was originally released in 1992. This book is now in digital format and is an Open Road Integrated Media publication. I receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher and Netgalley.

Jocelyn O'Roarke is called up to be the understudy in a new Broadway play. The cast in the play is plagued by past relationships, jealousy, health issues, and a lead actress that isn't the best actress for the role.

When the actress turns up dead, it is determined that it was murder. Jocelyn is the number one suspect since she was the actresses rival for the role.
So, Jocelyn sets out to find out what really happened, with the help of a handsome detective.

This mystery is written like a classic whodunit. All those associated with play are suspects. This mystery does keep you guessing. Although written a good while back, it's not all that dated, and the setting is fun.
For me the only issue was that were maybe too many characters and some aspects of the mystery didn't really come together in the end.
This book would appeal to cozy mystery lovers, and lovers of old fashioned whodunit type mysteries. Overall this one gets a B-
HASH(0x9efabe04) out of 5 stars "Murder on Cue" - Murder and Mayhem NY-Theatre Style 18 Aug. 2013
By L. M. Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A gorgeous amateur detective, along with an equally gorgeous police detective sidekick solve murders together. It's been done before. The spin on this old story that makes it work here is the world of NY's theatre scene and the author's keen knowledge of actors when they shine and when they behave badly. Jocelyn O'Roarke, the actress and Philip Gerrard, the police detective meet for the first time in author Jane Dentinger's series when the lead actress of the play is murdered. Jocelyn, the actress' understudy is a prime suspect, as is every other actor (and those close to them) in the play. Witty dialogue, back stabbings, and gossip at every turn lead to the discovery of who done it and why. If you love the theatre, you'll love this series.
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