In April 2017 she will publish her first standalone contemporary thriller, The Girl From Yesterday Simon and Schuster. Can't wait for the next one. When a gangster Rosie befriended in the first book of the series is arrested for the murder of an actress, Rosie believes in his innocence. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter and their two dogs. At the beginning of the book I wasn't sure I'd make it through; by the end I was friends with Rosie again, and cared as much about what happened to her as ever; in her guilt over and apologies to Jayne for her ratty behavior she is also making amends to the reader, and that's another sign of growth.
As much as I enjoyed that book, I have to say that this, the second book in the series, decidedly blew even that book out of the water. It just happens to be somewhat true in this case. She has, in a couple of ways, a more solidly grounded reality to her than do a great many fictional characters who are expected to carry their books: hers is no white-washed Mary Sue personality. She's got to save him. Sure, her sorta boyfriend was over there, but missing? But the plot could soon be taking another lethal turn, bringing a final curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their good intentions. She has, in a couple of ways, a more solidly grounded reality to her than do a great many fictional characters who are expected to carry their books: hers is no white-washed Mary Sue personality.
I really enjoyed it very much. But despite his illicit line of work, Al's no killer. The author really hits her stride with the story here. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the winter of her discontent haines kathryn miller gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. In March 1943, aspiring Broadway actress Rosie has her problems: she broke up with her sailor boyfriend, Jack, just before he shipped out and now he's missing in action; she's stuck with best friend Jayne in a cheap Manhattan rooming house with backstabbing theatrical aspirants; her petty gangster buddy Al's in the hoosegow for a murder Rosie's sure he didn't do; and beef rationing looms as a cruel April Fool's joke.
Kathryn Miller Haines is an American novelist and actor, known for her Rosie Winter series of mystery novels. This is a very good book in a very good series. To find out the real killer, she and her roommate join the victim's play. Lately, she's also been keeping bad company with her mob-muscle pal, Al, who's dabbling in a host of shady money-making enterprises in this time of shortages and rationing. The story was perfectly workmanlike and engaging.
Rosie says and does things that she regrets, that cause pain, as do others; she learns from what she is feeling, from what is happening around her, and advances. Lately, she's also been keeping bad company with her mob-muscle pal, Al, who's dabbling in a host of shady money-making enterprises in this time of shortages and rationing. I'm a bit impressed by the fact that Rosie seems to have grown from the last book, and also does so within this book. Haines obviously did her research - from the fashions, the trends, the way women spoke, the music, the film stars and starlets, the mobsters, the war lingo. Which, all right, is technically winter… ; Rosie is discontented, disgruntled, unhappy, and cranky. I realized pretty quickly going into it that there was at least another book in front of this one, but then realized that it probably didn't matter.
The author really hits her stride with the story here. Her roomie off-and-on dated a mobster, but Rosie just knows that this other small-time mobster did not kill a rising star. Rosie Wint I mistakenly read this book not realizing it was actually 2 in a series of mysteries; that's one of the dangers of not wanting to read the back cover lest the synopsis give away too much. Happy to say Haines did not let me down, and I will gladly search out the other Rosie Winter mysteries. And off they go into a new investigation, centered around a new production, a mystery-shrouded mob-related situation, interwoven with new progress in the other abiding mystery in Rosie's life: the problem of her missing not-quite-fiancé. My main issue is that the author seems intent on overwhelming the reader with period detail. It gets to the point where it distracts from the story line, instead of building atmosphere.
The second one involving a group of greedy actresses surprised the heck out of me, but left me with a bad taste in my mouth. However, as opening night looms, Rosie feels good she has not been fired so far. I thought Haines really brought war-time New York to life in this book, not just setting the stage but delving into the moods and psyche of the era. And what's going on in the basement of the theater? Lately, she's also been keeping bad company with her mob-muscle pal, Al, who's dabbling in a host of shady money-making enterprises in t 3. This is the 2nd of 4 books in the Rosie Winter series.
As nice fluffy bits of light reading with a side of interesting historical background, these books are quite entertaining. It's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. He doesn't want her help now, and says and does everything in his power to dissuade Rosie and her good friend and roomie Jayne from helping, but they will not be dissuaded. I can't say I enjoyed this one, the second in the Rosie Winter series, as much as I did the first. I don't think the slang in the book has changed since last outing, but for some reason I found it annoying in Discontent. There is real pain on both sides, but they flat out don't like each other, and that will, apparently, never change: they may end up temporary allies as required, but they'll never be bosom pals.