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It's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. But Rosie's got enough pluck for two: she's willing to stumble around in a Broadway dance chorus that she has no right to be a part of, in a musical that's got "flop" written all over it. And all the while, she's worrying about her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. Lately, she's also beIt's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. But Rosie's got enough pluck for two: she's willing to stumble around in a Broadway dance chorus that she has no right to be a part of, in a musical that's got "flop" written all over it. And all the while, she's worrying about her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. 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. But despite his illicit line of work, Al's no killer. When the cops finger him for his girlfriend's murder, Rosie and Jayne, her close compatriot/fellow castmate, set out to clear big Al's name, and plunge into an intricate backstage drama featuring a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets. But the plot could soon be taking another lethal turn, bringing a final curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their good intentions....

Title : The Winter of Her Discontent
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ISBN : 9780061139802
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The Winter of Her Discontent Reviews

  • Tracey
    2019-05-03 19:26

    To preface, I started this (a trade paperback) because my Kindle quite simply had a hissy fit. When all's said and done, unless someone pours glue over it you will always be able to at least open a book: one reason I don't think "dead tree books" will ever go away. "Discontent" is right (though the only "winter" is Rosie herself – this takes place in March. Which, all right, is technically winter…); Rosie is discontented, disgruntled, unhappy, and cranky. And miserable. She has every reason to be – her boyfriend (or is he?) is missing in action, and she can't get any further information; the War and the shortages and rationing and blackout that go with it are making life in general and life in the theatre in particular more challenging, not to mention the constant casualty lists in the paper; the weather is dismal; she is between shows; and her buddy Al has been arrested for murder. Still, it isn't what you might call fun when the first-person narrator is irritable to the point of chewing out her best friend and barely trying in a role she feels she is miscast for. It's a tribute to Kathryn Miller Haines and my fond memories of the first book that I stuck with her through the beginning of this one. Al, it seems, has turned himself in for the murder of a young actress, and part of Rosie's misery is that she feels guilty: Al showed up to see her just hours before he was arrested, and she can't shake the feeling that he was trying to tell her something or ask her for help, and she brushed him off (being cross at the time). 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. 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. 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. 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. When she is miserable – discontented – she can and will take it out on those around her, including her beloved Jayne. She loathes Ruby, the snobbish knock-out housemate who will go far in acting even if she has to destroy everyone in her path, and the two of them have a constant sniping relationship; realistically, neither is blameless in the nastiness. 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. 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. I can't think of a non-coming-of-age story in which there's so much development to a character. I don't think the slang in the book has changed since last outing, but for some reason I found it annoying in Discontent. "Shut your box" seemed to especially get on my nerves. On the other hand, it strikes me that if the slang of the time was so prevalent then, with no trace of it surviving here and now, then I should feel better about the constant use of "like" and all the rest of the stuff that makes me twitch; in a decade or so it'll start going away, and be gone … when the next generation's slang takes over. Oh well. I only hope in the next books Rosie doesn't get a role through someone else's misfortune. That would have a similar feel to the "cozy" mysteries where the main character comes upon a corpse every six months or so; I wouldn't want to be friends with that person, and I wouldn't want to be in a show with an actor who was such a jinx. 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. This is a very good book in a very good series.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-05-21 00:24

    Marginally better than the first novel in the series, but then I have lowered my expectations of the authoress. Haines is a noir fiction wannabe that just can't quite pull it off because she's too firmly entrenched in cosy fiction. It's unfortunate that a writer who voluntarily places their books in a well-documented historical period (a not far distant one, either--plenty of people still around who were there!) couldn't take a bit more care with their language. Ms Haines is more 80s-90s than forties, in phraseology as well as references. Rosie speaks of someone being "better than the average bear", as if a girl in the 1940s would have seen Yogi Bear's cartoons--which were not first aired until 1961. The US did not have "litres" of Black and White whiskey in the war years; in those days it was fifths--besides the fact that the US never even tried to adopt the metric system until the seventies, and it didn't really take. I know, I was in school then,just as Ms Haines was. They tried to make us learn conversion tables instead of just switching over and knowing that people would "get it" in less than a year, once they figured out that a kilo of potatoes is this many, and a litre of milk is so much. A panhandler would not ask "Any change, Miss?" in the 1940s--that phrase became current in the 80s. In the war years, they might ask her if she could "spare a dime" or a nickel or whatever; but they usually had something to offer, even if it were only pencils or apples or some such. When Rosie and Jayne are wakened by an air-raid siren, they are "too wired" to go back to sleep. In the forties, they might have spoken of being "wound up" like an old-fashioned, pre-digital watch; "wired" became popular in the early nineties, the Internet era.The grammatical howlers are fewer--though she needs to review the use of gerunds versus infinitives (it's my day job). However, there were a few things that really showed the lack of proofreading, however unskilled. How hard is it to differentiate "peace of mind" and "presence of mind" (ability to think and act quickly)-- entirely different concepts? Yet someone "has the peace of mind" to phone for an ambulance after Olive gets run over by a hit-and-run driver!! Someone "transgresses" the line between actor and dancer, instead of just crossing it. Well, my girl, "transgress" means to sin or break the law in normal English, it doesn't mean adding to your skills! Haines mixes her metaphors pretty badly, too, as well as mangling popular slang of the period. You might be told to "go chase yourself" or "go climb your thumb", as my parents often told us to do as kids, but I doubt anyone would say in narrative "she told me to go chase my thumb." That, along with "a scowl slicing her pretty face in half"--oy. A scowl usually scrunches your face together. A grin might slice it in half, if it were ear to ear, but--shame about that writer's group.Is this the future of American light fiction? People who can't handle basic mechanics, never mind historical facts? I fear so. The windup of the story takes place in the same exact setting as book one--a darkened empty theatre. But that's okay, you know a "cosy" like this has to end reasonably well--and besides, I knew who the baddy was going to be from said baddy's first appearance. It was just a matter of time.

  • El
    2019-04-27 20:39

    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. 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. There were some references to past adventures, but summed up enough to not ruin any of the surprise should I go back to read #1. Big thumbs up for that.Rosie Winter is the protagonist of Kathryn Miller Haines's mysteries. The setting is NY. Year is somewhere's about the 1940s. World War II is in full swing. Rosie lives in a boarding house with other women, all of whom are in the theater circuit. The story starts with some meat.[image error]I actually didn't have high expectations for this book. I figured it would be like a classic pulp noir, and in some ways it was. But this Rosie Winter is fun and somewhat quirky, the kind of gal I would like to know. We could exchange snarky comments over a cheap lunch. The story itself is an enjoyable read - not too sappy, not too complex, yet not too simplistic either. It's a different setting from a lot of the other World War II novels I read, and it's a way different story. 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. It all came alive here. (And I really hate making comments like that. It just happens to be somewhat true in this case.)I picked up the book initially because, well, it was only like a buck in a used bookstore; but also because I did notice that Haines is the artistic director of a Pittsburgh-based theater company. Local talent, hot damn! I do try to throw a little respect at the local writers/artists/what-have-ye. Happy to say Haines did not let me down, and I will gladly search out the other Rosie Winter mysteries.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-05-27 01:31

    I can't say I enjoyed this one, the second in the Rosie Winter series, as much as I did the first. However, with Rosie leaving New York in the third installment, I'm hoping a change of scenery and a different cast of characters will be an improvement so I am planning on reading the third.Why did this one not work for me as well? A. There were two "cases" going on. The first one involving gangsters and the blackmarket and mysterious happenings in the theater was a bit lame. 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. B. I'm sick to death of Ruby. I hope she is not in the third.Still love Rosie though.

  • Jenn Estepp
    2019-04-28 18:25

    just as enjoyable and addictive as the first. things that would ordinarily bother me in a lesser-written book (i hate it when my heroines need rescuing and i was able to "solve the mystery" a bit sooner than rosie) were easy to get over - or at least ignore - because it was just such a fun read. it's so much more of a pleasure when your detectives have a sense of humor (hello, maisie dobbs, you should get one). and it sort of feels like these books are an opportunity for all the girl fridays in chandler and all the other hard-boileds (who, don't get me wrong, i also love) to have a voice.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-25 21:39

    The story was perfectly workmanlike and engaging. Though I deeply question whether someone would have been referred to as being in the "air force" in WWII, considering that the Air Force proper didn't exist until 1947. Though Wikipedia tells me that the Army Air Corps became part of the Army Air Force in 1941/42, so I guess it's possible. My dudgeon is reduced to DEFCON 4 until further evidence is acquired. ;)

  • Patricia Gulley
    2019-05-03 02:34

    I really love the time period and what was happening at the time on the homefront. I had a bit of trouble with the middle of this story, but I found the conclusion very interesting.

  • Emily
    2019-04-29 21:23

    Not too long ago I read and reviewed the first book in the Rosie Winter series, The War Against Miss Winter. 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.The author really hits her stride with the story here. Maybe it's because we really dive right into the thick of things here and kind of skip all the back story and establishing whatnot that has to be included in a first book, but The Winter of Her Discontent had me wishing I was able to read while I was at work so I could devour the story faster.This book also did something that doesn't usually happen for me- it made me want to research more about the events that were described. I enjoy historical novels but my curiosity about the events and the time period is usually satisfied by the author's note or the preface or whatever the book has going on. This made me want to find out about black market meat, war profiteers, war brides, dance halls, the USO, the New York mob in the 40s, you name it. The picture of New York that was painted as the backdrop for the story made me want to find out how it compared to the reality.On top of a really well done historical setting, the author creates a mystery that doesn't give too much away but is still laid out well enough for readers to figure out whodunnit on their own. Clues are marked clearly enough (no dog snot on the carpet here,) without the story being too simple or watered down. At the same time, enough loose ends are dangling and the teaser at the end of the story just make me excited to read the third installment in the series and hope that more are forthcoming.Overall Grade: ARead more reviews at What Book is That?

  • Bibliophile
    2019-05-06 20:34

    The second installment in Kathryn Miller Haines’s Rosie Winter series, The Winter of Her Discontent sees Rosie grotesquely miscast in a strange Broadway play, while she is attempting to prove the innocence of her friend Al, a small-time crook who’s confessed to murdering a big-time actress.As nice fluffy bits of light reading with a side of interesting historical background, these books are quite entertaining. I can see Rosie being played by someone like Rosalind Russell, which helps me to visualize the setting. The plot of The Winter of Her Discontent was much less convoluted and therefore much better done in this installment, and Ms. Miller Haines has obviously done lots of research to capture the flavor of the war "Stateside" although she makes some jarring errors when it comes to events overseas, the most egregious being that the Germans were not “poised” to invade Norway in March 1943, since they had already invaded Norway in April 1940! Still, I enjoyed reading about Rosie and Jayne and I like their friendship, as well as the "background" on the Stage Door Canteen and fabulous little details such as the rationing of meat, etc.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-04-25 18:33

    3.5 STARS"It's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. But Rosie's got enough pluck for two: she's willing to stumble around in a Broadway dance chorus that she has no right to be a part of, in a musical that's got "flop" written all over it. And all the while, she's worrying about her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. 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. But despite his illicit line of work, Al's no killer. When the cops finger him for his girlfriend's murder, Rosie and Jayne, her close compatriot/fellow castmate, set out to clear big Al's name, and plunge into an intricate backstage drama featuring a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets. But the plot could soon be taking another lethal turn, bringing a final curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their good intentions." (From Amazon) I really enjoyed the second book and am committed for the rest of the series.

  • Susan
    2019-05-16 18:39

    Rosie Winter is a struggling actress in NYC during WWII. She lives in a boarding house for actresses. 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. To find out the real killer, she and her roommate join the victim's play. Suspicious accidents jeopardize the success of the play, providing Rosie with more questions than answers. Rosie waits for V-mail news of her boyfriend (or maybe ex-boyfriend) serving overseas, and volunteers at the Stage Door Canteen, where actresses serve dinner and dance with servicemen on leave. Rosie is a plucky woman who is loyal and compassionate. While she cannot right all wrongs, she persists until all the mysteries are solved and the bad guys' efforts are blocked. The snappy period dialogue is a treat, and Rosie's everyday wartime hardships make history come alive.

  • Norma Huss
    2019-04-26 21:53

    In 1943, the world was at war. In the New York Rosie was trying to make it in the theater and becoming more aware of the war effort going on around her. Sure, her sorta boyfriend was over there, but missing? Her roomie off-and-on dated a mobster, but Rosie just knows that this other small-time mobster did not kill a rising star. She's got to save him. Meanwhile, just exactly how did Rosie, not that she had two left feet, but close, get a dancing part in the new show? And how lucky that those girls in lead roles take her in and introduce her to the canteen where they dance with the fly-boys. Despite another of the starring girls who just happens to be Rosie's all-time, usually, enemy. Tangled web, indeed. I enjoyed the skillfully woven-in history even more than the mystery.

  • Sandra Strange
    2019-05-23 01:30

    This series gives readers a pretty good picture of what World War II was like for performers in USO performers in the Pacific from the point of view of a world weary actress turned amateur sleuth from necessity and curiosity. The mysteries are fun, suspenseful in part, and clean, with a few crude words, but not much more to mar the stories. The actress uses mobster cant, but she runs with mobsters, so I guess it's sort of realistic. The mobsters, in general, turn out to have "hearts of gold." There is some oblique hints at immorality, but considering the atmosphere the book uses as its setting, it's very innocent.

  • Lorena
    2019-04-28 21:44

    A decent followup to the first book - maybe a 2.5. My main issue is that the author seems intent on overwhelming the reader with period she wants us to be SURE we know she did the research, and knows what song was at the top of the charts for this particular week, or what movie came out, or what hat style was the most popular. It gets to the point where it distracts from the story line, instead of building atmosphere. I'll probably continue to check these out from the library for light entertainment, but it's not a series I would buy.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-11 18:45

    If you want a mystery with a lot of historical escapism, this book is for you. The level of research on World War II-era New York is first-rate; you really feel as though you have been transported there. However, I would have liked the characters to have been more distinct and with greater depth. I also would have liked their interactions with other characters to be less reliant on coincidence and good timing. Overall though, this is a good mystery book that provides a lot red herrings while being stingy on the clues.

  • Breanne
    2019-05-27 00:25

    This is a great series if you're looking for clean mysteries and if you like historical fiction, particularly WWII. I love Rosie Winter's character, she has a sense of humor and her personality peppers the sometimes methodical move from clue to clue. 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. For someone who doesn't usually like mysteries, I love this series.

  • Jennifer Tatroe
    2019-05-07 19:39

    I love Rosie Winter. I love immersing myself in her tough-talking 1940s slang and her New York City, complete with diva actresses, hard-working chorus girls, mobsters, and GIs.Around the middle of this book, I found myself skimming through Rosie's far-fetched theories, though. This second installment in the series suffered a bit from the ignoring-the-obvious syndrome. It wasn't bad enough to make me give up on the book or the series, though. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Dale
    2019-04-25 23:47

    CKV ill Rosie Winter is an actress in NYC during the middle of WWIIThis the 2nd book in the series has Rosie getting a part in the chorus of a new play. A young actress on the rise is found strangled and Rosie's mob friend Al confesses the murder. Rosie knows Al is no killer but why did he confess? There is also good but sad subplot about the Stage Door Canteen and the young wannabe actresses who work there.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-26 21:33

    Although this is a somewhat predictable mystery, I really loved it. The author really draws you into the time period...the 1940s during the war. We as the reader get to experience food shortages, war bonds, the black market, the life of a New York stage actress, and the slang of the '40s. I really enjoyed it very much. This is the 2nd of 4 books in the Rosie Winter series. I sure hope she continues to write more Rosie Winter books!

  • Jenny
    2019-05-18 19:23

    I've been having a lot of health problems recently and have mostly just wanted to read some fun stuff. This fit the bill - another 1940s NYC theater-world mystery featuring Rosie Winter and her bff Jayne. This one ended with a cliffhanger regarding Rosie's MIA boyfriend/ex-boyfriend, and I'm interested to see how Haines wraps that one up.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-20 02:29

    I really love spending time with these people, though as with the first, the story is peopled with so many characters and the plot is at times so overloaded that it isn't the most perfect mystery experience. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the others.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-07 19:36

    I think the author hit her stride with this second Rosie Winter mystery. The book is both evocative of and educational about 1940s New York, involving a couple of interesting entwined cases that illustrate the social issues and perils of the home front.

  • Irene Palfy
    2019-05-14 22:28

    Thought the plot isn't that surprising I highly enjoy the 1940s setting and the snappy "voice" of the novel. Food scandals obviously aren't that new to the world.. And to be honest: I love big bad guys and busty cute girls a lot...

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-01 00:40

    Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! Actors and actresses back stabbing each other! And what exactly is not to like? This is Kathy's second book (Yes, I'm a bit biased. Kathy is my friend) and she doesn't disappoint.

  • Linda Rose Thornburg
    2019-05-17 01:48

    Liked the relationship between Rosie and Jayne. The plot was okay. The "hard-boiled" private eye language of the 40s was overused and felt contrived. Still, pleasant enough to read and I would read another Rosie Winter mystery.

  • Jen
    2019-04-28 18:42

    The 2nd book in the Rosie Winter series. I enjoyed this one more than the first.

  • Mary-Frances
    2019-05-14 18:37

    Cute series! Definitely thrusts you into the period!

  • Charisse Medico
    2019-04-28 23:31

    Fun book. Just as good as the first one. I am really liking this author, and hopeshe keeps writing!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-29 01:52

    This is a great series. The author is a really good writer. A great period piece of WWII New York.

  • Julie
    2019-04-29 18:41

    This is a great follow up to the first in the series and a good mystery to solve with some new interesting characters to defeat and some wrongs to make right.