- Series: Rosie Winter Mysteries (Book 4)
- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; English Language edition (May 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061579572
- ISBN-13: 978-0061579578
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Set in the fall of 1943, Haines's captivating fourth Rosie Winter mystery (after 2009's Winter in June) finds Rosie and her best pal, Jayne Hamilton, back in New York after a harrowing South Pacific U.S.O. tour. First, they pay a call upstate on the parents of Jayne's late fiancé, Billy DeMille, who was killed in action two months earlier. To their surprise, they discover the Billy they knew stole the identity of the DeMilles' son, who died in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Back in Manhattan at the George Bernard Shaw Home for Women Pursuing Theatrical Vocations, Rosie must share rooms with her nemesis, Ruby Priest, and Jayne with weird Ann Fremont. At fake Billy's old digs, they uncover German letters written in disappearing ink and a stash of cash. To add to their woes, Jayne's ex-mobster honey, Tony, is causing trouble, and they can't land roles because another mobster has blackballed them. Haines vividly recreates WWII-era New York City, while daring Rosie never loses her can do attitude. (May)
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After a three-month USO tour in the South Pacific in 1943, actresses Rosie Winter and her best pal, Jayne Hamilton, visit the parents of Billy DeMille, Jayne’s fiancé, who was recently killed in action. It turns out that their Billy is not Jayne’s Billy. A hunt to discover who Jayne’s fiancé really was takes the two gals to Yorkville, the German section of Manhattan, at a time of rising prejudice against Germans. Rosie may occasionally overstep her bounds, but she is loyal to a fault and absolutely dogged. In the fourth in this series, she ferrets out answers involving Billy; assists a henchman of Jayne’s ex-boyfriend, mobster Tony B.; handles the blackball preventing Jayne and her from getting theater roles; and even helps the man she once loved and his current fiancée overcome his depression when he comes home from the war with one leg. Haines captures the spirit of the home front in a story that includes murder and sabotage while hinting that a new romance is in store for Rosie. Thoroughly entertaining for anyone who enjoys reading about the WWII era. --Michele Leber
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Rosie was chasing a dream when she went overseas with the USO following her love Jack who it turns out was in love with someone else. But while Rosie's heart was broken her friend Jayne found love but all too soon lost her Billy when his plane was shot down. Rosie is trying to help her recover from this loss and as they go to say the proper respect to Jayne's late fiancé's parents it turns out he is not who he said he was and the life he was living was not his own. So the hunt begins to uncover who Billy really was, why was he was living under the name of another soldier and why does he have money hidden in a coat pocket he deserted. Rosie and Jayne are also dealing with Jayne's ex mob boyfriend who has gotten them blackballed from getting stage work waiting for Jayne to come back to him. Rosie is all about solving mysteries but this time are there too many to resolve, probably not for her. It also seems to be Rosie's responsibility to help her ex fiancé Jack as he recovers from the wounds he received overseas. Geez she is broken up with him isn't that enough pain and suffering, apparently not because he needs her strength to get better.
But things take a scary turn of events when the aunt of Jayne's deceased fiancée turns up murdered and the plot thickens to molasses with a lack of clues and too many suspects. Was her being German the problem, maybe a traitor or just an innocent victim of circumstance and prejudice? Rosie is an actress by career choice an amateur sleuth by natural instinct who when given all these clues can solve the crime and not just because she is nosy but just good at uncovering mysteries and fitting pieces of the puzzle together. If not for Rosie's ability to knock those walls down and barreling through the issues nothing would get done right but this time the dark shadows are following her so the bigger question becomes can she keep her herself as safe as she should so that nothing happens to her?
What wonderful characters, a well written book about a time in our history that has been well documented but not as much from the female point of view. Rosie provides us with the difficulties of trying to make enough money to survive, absorb the complexities of a country surviving the war and hopefully find the love of your life. None of these objectives would have been met if the writer did not articulate this as clearly and wonderfully as she does and write a mystery that keeps your turning the pages to solve. It was an honor to read this book and feel the emotions that come from the characters that lived through this very bleak time. This book is a great reflection of the best of times created out of the worst of times. Rosie is a good person trying to do what every woman in the 1940's was, have a career until she finds a husband and in the mean time solve a crime or two and Rosie is up for all of these challenges.
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Set in 1943, WHEN WINTER RETURNS, Kathyrn Miller Haines creates an energetic, fast-paced mystery with several intriguing clues to keep the puzzle lover guessing. WHEN WINTER RETURNS, and the Rosie Winter mysteries in general, add a freshness to the scope of WWII mysteries. Rosie's adventures take a reader into the world of performers, mobsters and German-Americans. The author brings this period alive beyond history book facts, not only in the cast of characters, but also through Rosie's reflections on the changed state of society at home. Now, returning home after seeing seen the war up close, Rosie sees the naivete of the faith she once had. Indeed, the theme of loss runs throughout the story, giving a rich emotional background to the characters. Kathyrn Miller Haines interweaves historical details of the acting industry personnel as well as the influence of the Alien Registration Act within the very heart of the story. WHEN WINTER RETURNS is all the richer for the author's ability to see both the dangers of the policy as well as the threat of saboteurs. Through Rosie's eyes, a reader easily feels the tensions of the times as well as the conflicting tensions within an individual. Cough syrup brands and other period details give a sense of historical authenticity that goes beyond history book events.
Despite the losses surrounding Rosie, she is a dynamic woman, a woman always ready to help her friends. Rosie finds herself spinning a web of lies in an effort to protect her friends, a scenario that a bit of humor to the story as the reader watches her box herself into a corner. Seeing the homeland at war through Rosie's eyes expands a reader's view of the times while the action-packed mystery leaves a reader on their toes. Kathryn Miller Haines gives women readers a window into some of the difficulties bright, sharp women might have experienced but never at the expense of the mystery or the story itself. Rosie's reflections never distract from the plot but rather bring a reader inside her thoughts. The reader sees through her eyes. As a lover of WWII mysteries, this reader finds Rosie Winter a must addition to my historical mystery collection. As a first time reader to the Rosie Winter Mystery, WHEN WINTER RETURNS leaves a reader eager to explore the earlier books in the series to discover more about the character, particularly those events that lead up to this particular moment. Although WHEN WINTER RETURNS works as a stand-alone, this reader would recommend that new readers pick up earlier books in addition to this one to be able to fulfill that curiosity. Highly recommended to mystery lovers and WWII historical fiction lovers!
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