The Winter of Her Discontent: A Rosie Winter Mystery (Rosie by Kathryn Miller Haines

By Kathryn Miller Haines

It is tricky taking pictures for stardom while there is a struggle on. yet Rosie's bought adequate pluck for 2: she's keen to stumble round in a Broadway dance refrain that she has no correct to join, in a musical that is bought "flop" written everywhere it. And the entire whereas, she's caring approximately her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. in recent years, she's additionally been conserving undesirable corporation together with her mob-muscle buddy, Al, who is dabbling in a number of shady money-making firms during this time of shortages and rationing. yet regardless of his illicit line of labor, Al's no killer. whilst the police officers finger him for his girlfriend's homicide, Rosie and Jayne, her shut compatriot/fellow castmate, got down to transparent immense Al's identify, and plunge into an elaborate behind the curtain drama that includes a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets. however the plot may perhaps quickly be taking one other deadly flip, bringing a last curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their reliable intentions.

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I gave her the rundown on what I’d learned from Minnie. 42 KATHRYN MILLER HAINES “Paulette was seeing someone else? ” “At least one someone else, though Minnie thought it might’ve been more than that. I guess Paulette had a thing for military men, and Minnie’s not too good at telling one man in uniform from another. Interesting, no? ” Jayne left the bed and retreated to her bureau. She plucked her baubles from her lobes and froze before returning them to the cigar box serving time as her jewelry box.

We didn’t get halfway through it before she pounded the cane on the floor and told us to stop. “It is clear you are not ready to dance. ” And valk we did. Not in the traditional sense, but as dancers, with our heads high, our limbs extended, and our backs effortlessly straight. For three hours we practiced like primates who’d just figured out what upright meant, and by the end of it every part of me hurt. I longed to slouch and stare at the floor as I shuffled home. “That was awful,” I told Jayne over lunch.

The year before, the Drama Critics’ Circle voted not to give a prize for best American play because they didn’t feel there were any plays worth endorsing. Brooks Atkinson blamed this collective writers’ block on the war for consuming the normal ebb and flow of life and drama, but even he thought this was a weak excuse. After all, while American theater was floundering, the Brits, despite enduring bombings and their own blackouts, were doing booming business and bringing forth new smash hits like Blithe Spirit.

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