- Series: Rosie Winter Mysteries (Book 1)
- Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061139785
- ISBN-13: 978-0061139789
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set in New York City, Haines's assured debut brings the WWII era to vivid life, from a topical jump-rope song (Whistle while you work. Hitler is a jerk...) to Automats and jive joints. On New Year's Eve 1942, actress Rosie Winter, whose day job is with a Manhattan detective agency, finds the body of her boss, Sam McCain, hanging in his office closet, his hands and neck tied with phone cord. The investigating cop calls Sam's death a well-deserved suicide, but there's a missing play that a reclusive playwright and a rich widow want found. Rosie, a fast-thinking Hepburn type, takes on the case, aided by her best pal, Jayne (a petite blonde with... the voice of a two-year-old dubbed America's squeakheart). This is a fun romp, though the author, herself a playwright and actor, provides some dark commentary on avant-garde theater and war as well as an unexpected and wicked twist in the novel's final act. (June)
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“Perfectly captures the feel, sights and sounds of New York in the 1940s.” (Rhys Bowen)
“[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)
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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.