From Publishers Weekly
Actress Rosie Winter, the narrator of Haines's lively third WWII-era mystery (after 2008's The Winter of Her Discontent
), sets sail from San Francisco for the Solomon Islands in the spring of 1943, though a woman's body found floating in the water nearby delays the ship's departure. Rosie, whose ex-boyfriend is missing somewhere in the Pacific theater, is part of a USO troupe that includes adventurous friend Jayne Hamilton, who's walking away from her mobster boyfriend, and Gilda DeVane, a former MGM player. Once on the island of Tulagi, Rosie and her pals mostly have fun performing their song-and-dance routines and consorting with friendly servicemen, until a deadly sniper attack prompts the military authorities to move the entertainers to WAAC barracks for their protection. Full of evocative period detail (a sailor is called Spanky after the kid in the Our Gang
comedies), this entry, for all its humorous and lighthearted moments, builds to a dramatic and sobering conclusion. (June)
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Actress Rosie Winter and her friend Jayne travel to the Solomon Islands as part of a USO tour group during World War II, hoping to find Rosie’s ex-boyfriend Jack, who is now missing in action after being stationed in that area. Hollywood star Gilda DeVane—hoping to rehabilitate her image after her affair with a married actor and her subsequent firing by the studio—is also part of the group. Just before the ship leaves San Francisco for Tulagi, a body is found floating in the water. The victim turns out to be a former WAC who had been stationed at Tulagi. When a shooting occurs on the island, Rosie believes the murder is connected to the earlier death. Rosie and Jayne are kept busy investigating the two murders and Jack’s disappearance. This third in a series is firmly set in its wartime locale and includes period slang and details of the USO and its entertainers. It will appeal to fans of Margit Liesche’s Pucci Lewis mysteries, also about women’s roles in World War II. --Sue O'Brien