The War Against Miss Winter, however, stars a female amateur detective: Miss Rosie Winter, not so successful actress, tough and witty.
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. (Amazon.com)
Rosie is a likable character, quick on the uptake with a sharp tongue. Her friend Jayne, the squeakheart, is a fabulous sidekick. I found it interesting to read about WWII from the perspective of the other side (US citizens back home) and I loved the theatre background. It´s the hunt for the missing play that binds the characters and story lines together and the twist – I love twists!- is very clever and took me completely by suprise.