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The War Against Miss Winter (Rosie Winter Mysteries) Paperback – June 12, 2007
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“[a] pitch-perfect rendering of the early ‘40s, from rationing to java stops at the automat.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“...Haine’s assured debut brings the WWII era to vivid life...” (Publishers Weekly)
“...a fun romp...” (Publishers Weekly)
“highly satisfying and clever...a well-constructed theatrical treasure hunt.” (Pittsburgh Magazine)
“Give Kathryn Haines...a standing ovation!” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
More About the Author
Here's a brief Q&A with Kathryn about why she decided to write a young adult novel:
This is your first mystery for young adults, after penning several of popular mysteries for adults in your Rosie Winter series. What made you decide to write for this new audience?
I love reading YA books and, as when I first tried my hand at mysteries, I wanted to see if I could write one for myself. I also felt like there was a whole world of World War II that hadn't been explored very much - what was the war like from the perspective of teenagers? In fact there's a great non-fiction book called Teenage that talks about adolescence through history that really got me buzzing about what life was like then.
What were some of the mysteries you enjoyed reading when you were young? I'm assuming Nancy Drew, due to the mention in the book, but I'd love to hear a few of your early faves.
Absolutely loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Truth told, though, I didn't read a lot of mysteries as a young 'un. I was a big Judy Blume fan (particularly Blubber, a book that has stayed with me all these years). Bridge to Terabithia will still make me cry. And I never met a Lois Duncan book I didn't tear through (though I guess those kind of are mysteries/thrillers).
What kind of research did you do to create an authentic early 1940s-New York City setting? Was there any difference in your research process for a young readers title compared to your work for adult titles?
I read a lot of great non-fiction books about the war, went through contemporary to the war issues of newspapers, magazines, comic books; listened to music and radio shows; looked at fashion; watched movies - pretty much surrounded myself with the kind of pop culture that I would've probably been into had I lived during that time.
With the adult mysteries, I think readers are looking for the nitty gritty details about the period whereas I don't think YA readers have the patience for a four page info dump on the history of air conditioning. It was freeing in some ways because I didn't have to be as specific and heavy handed with creating my world. I felt like I could create a flavor of the period without having to drown each scene in period detail. It became a lot more about experiencing the world through the character for me.
Top Customer Reviews
Readers will immediately find Rosie endearing. She is funny, smart, sarcastic and sassy: a feminist before her time. She stands tough against the many shady characters she encounters, ignoring obvious threats to her survival. Who can't respect a woman who can sit down and offer a doughnut to a mob henchman who's been tailing her? She makes it difficult to say goodbye to The War Against Miss Winter when the adventure is over. We can rest assured, she'll be back with another mystery in 2008, The Winter of Her Discontent. Hopefully there are many more adventures in store.
On a more somber note, with The War Against Miss Winter being set in 1943 in the midst of World War II, Haines captures the turmoil brewing in a society paranoid that the enemy lurks around every corner.Read more ›
Just after the Christmas holidays, Rosie visits the office and finds her boss swinging, and not in a good way. Although ruled a suicide by a cynical police investigator, Rosie isn't convinced, and soon finds herself swept up in her most dangerous role ever, involving mobsters, murderers, hired muscle, a missing play and a lot of people desperately seeking salvation.
Strong female characters dominate every chapter, and this novel is so rich in description that you'll turn the last page with the feeling that you were actually there. A very promising debut by Kathryn Miller Haines, and hopefully just book one in the Rosie Winter detective series.
Rated: 4.5 stars
Amanda Richards, October 5, 2007
has great characters. Rosie the hero is a wonderful character who has a biting sense of humor! You can't help but love this book and hope Mrs. Haines writes many more mysteries!
It's a good mystery and the setting is well drawn. The author does nearly sink the book by making Rosie talk like a a street tough, a male one at that. Rosie talking like a pulp fiction tough guy really strikes an off key note. (I've read the second in the series and it tones down considerably, so if you're evaluating whether you want to continue with the series, there is positive news.)
I haven't found Rosie to be my favorite mystery heroine, but she's likeable enough and the wartime city setting is different and interesting. The mysteries in the series are anchored in the times, not just a generic puzzle pinned onto the gimmick setting du jour, which is very refreshing.
As I may be one of the few still alive who was a teenager in New York at that time, I naturally look for anachronisms, which are usually plentiful in "historical" novels. I am absolutely astonished that Ms Haines has got that period, the way people talk, the expressions used, and the physical descriptions absolutely correct.
There were one or two that slipped in (I don't think "hinky" was used then, but it may have been), but for somebody who obviously was not living during that time frame, it is astonishing how she has it all down pat. I hoped her brief bio might explain how she did this, but no such luck. I suppose she may have talked to her grandparents or others who lived then, but it is a tour de force in that respect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy any book that makes me laugh out loud, as this one did. The dialogue was clever and use of the early detective novel "slang" (as some reviewers referred to it) was... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by C. Davis
I devoured this book- the language was engaging, the story was exciting, and the mystery kept me guessing almost until the end. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
As a reader with a great fondness for mysteries, the theater, New York, and the WWII period, I assumed this book could hardly fail to please me. Was I wrong! Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Peggy
If you love to watch old gangster films on TCM and read mystery stories that aren't too graphic, then this book is for you! Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Sophie
Although it's a mystery, the plot isn't the thing in this book, at least for me. What I love is the setting, New York during WWII, and the quirky amateur sleuth, Rosie Winter,... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Margaret H
Pretty good book, I purchased the next two in the series. Good atmospheric piece and well plotted.Published on September 6, 2010 by panda
Let me begin by saying that I am a fan of British Mysteries - Agatha Christie, PD James and Jacqueline Winspear. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by Roberta Cram
Set amid the theatre scene of war-time NYC, The War Against Miss Winter introduces us to the irrepressible Rosie Winter, an aspiring actress looking for her big break but forced to... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Tamela Mccann
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