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Joanne Sydney Lessner

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Joanne Sydney Lessner is the author of PANDORA'S BOTTLE, a novel inspired by the true story of the world's most expensive bottle of wine (Flint Mine Press, 2010), which Paperback Dolls named one of the top five books of 2010. THE TEMPORARY DETECTIVE (Dulcet Press, April 2012) introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. Isobel's adventures continue in BAD PUBLICITY. No stranger to the theatrical world, Joanne enjoys an active performing career, and with her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, has co-authored several musicals, including the cult hit FERMAT'S LAST TANGO and EINSTEIN'S DREAMS, based on the celebrated novel by Alan Lightman. For more information, please visit http://joan ...more

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Joanne Sydney Lessner One of the great things about being a writer is having the power to create your own world and populate it with whomever you want. It’s a particular…moreOne of the great things about being a writer is having the power to create your own world and populate it with whomever you want. It’s a particular perk of the mystery novelist that you get to regularly de-populate it as well, killing off people you'd love to murder in real life! It's a very healthy way to deal with revenge fantasies.(less)
Joanne Sydney Lessner Every year for about eight years, I spent Christmas singing carols at Tavern on the Green in Victorian costume. I got to know the place pretty well,…moreEvery year for about eight years, I spent Christmas singing carols at Tavern on the Green in Victorian costume. I got to know the place pretty well, and it always struck me as a great setting for a murder--particularly if it took place during an interactive murder mystery dinners. With exits into the park from every dining room and crazy fun-house mirrors lining the corridors, the restaurant provided great cover for a fleeing murderer, and I loved the idea of an actual murder taking place during a play. (You know, lights go out, there's a shot, someone is really dead--although that's not quite how it happens!) Tavern on the Green recently reopened under new management, but I hope my fictional recreation as "The Hostelry" will be fun reading for those who remember the old Tavern and a nice window into New York City history for those who don't.(less)
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