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When Winter Returns (Rosie Winter Mystery #4)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Back from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943, Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, head upstate to visit the home of Jayne's recently deceased fiancé. But what they find leaves Rosie wondering if the man ever existed to begin with.

As Rosie searches for the truth behind his identity—and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart—she faces an unpleasan
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Published May 11th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 22nd 2010)
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"Back from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943, Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, head upstate to visit the home of Jayne's recently deceased fiance. But what they find leaves Rosie wondering if the man ever existed to begin with.

As Rosie searches for the truth behind his identity - and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart - she faces an unpleasant homecoming of her own. The newspapers are filled with tales of saboteurs infiltrating the East Coast. Her ex,
Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, have just returned from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943. They head upstate to visit the family of Jayne's recently deceased fiance, but the man in the family's photographs is a stranger to them both. As Rosie searches for the truth behid his identity - and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart - she faces an unpleasant homecoming of her own: her ex, Jack Castlegate, is back in Manhattan and engaged to a gorgeous WAC private, Ros ...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
May 12, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Hearts on Fire Reviews
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“When Winter Returns” is a most delightful historical mystery with a strong, independent, flawed heroine, a woman who is not afraid to experience her emotions. Rosie Winter especially is unafraid of jumping into situations to help her friends, be they fellow actress Jayne (a lovely blonde who usually has no trouble finding acting or dancing parts), Al (a former mobster now on the run from his erstwhile sociopathic gangster boss), or Jack Castlegate-the wealthy Navy enlisted man with whom Rosie f ...more
When Winter Returns by Kathryn Miller Haines is the fourth book in the Rosie Winter mystery series set in New York City during World War II. The dialogue is period-perfect, and the author richly details everyday life in 1943. Rosie is a very sympathetic heroine, brave and loyal to protect her friends, decisive in her actions but also reflects upon her decisions to check if she's done the right thing.

Rosie and Jayne are back from their USO tour, and they find that 'home' has changed. Their old ro
Actress Rosie Winter and her friend Jayne return from their World War II USO tour with heavy hearts. Jayne's fiance Billy died in combat, and Rosie's boyfriend Jack is not only charged with desertion, he's also in love with another woman. New York, too, seems sadly changed. Jayne cannot deal with the knowledge that everything Billy told her was a lie, and is reluctant to return to her old boyfriend, mobster Tony. Neither woman can get a job, and Rosie suspects that they've been blacklisted by a ...more
WW 2 mystery set in NYC, Rosie and Jayne have just returned from a tour in the South Pacific. They are looking for work and trying to locate the family of Jayne's deceased fiance. Romance, espionage and mystery intrude. Well written and seems to be very accurate in the portrayal of the time period.
Jun 22, 2014 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
These books are just delightful. I read this one a few weeks ago, so I couldn't tell you what actually happens. But it's safe to say that there was some kind of ridiculous mystery that drove the plot. Oh! I think there were Nazi spies.
Maybe the best Rosie Winter installment yet. Back in New York after their USO tour, Jayne and Rosie find their old room is now taken. Rosie ends up with her old nemesis, Ruby, while Jayne rooms with the new girl, Ann. Nobody is who they seem to be. Mistaken identities and deliberately obscured ones are the basis for this mystery. The most glaring one is who Billy really was, the man who Jayne would have married had he not been killed in action in the South Pacific. Further story of Jack and a ne ...more

I've enjoyed getting to know you! For four years now, your mysteries have been at the forefront of my summer reads. In fact, I haven't enjoyed a mystery series like this since my Nancy Drew days. :)

Each book played like a movie in my head: Rosie's sarcasm, Jayne's voice, Jack's absence, Tony's persistence, Churchill's annoyance, Al's gruffness, Ruby's meanness, Belle's standards, and all the other details that made the world of two "starving" WWII-era actresses come alive.

My peepers truly
Sandra Strange
This series gives readers a pretty good picture of what World War II was like for performers on Broadway 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 h ...more
A fun read
Cathryn Ferrara
One of the best in this entertaining series. I did not love the first in this series but was blown away by the second and have loved the third and this apparently final installment.

I am sorry to see this will likely be the last Rosie Winter, especially as so much seems to have been left unresolved but I really did like this series.

Miller Haines has a real way with the period and a flair for drawing the reader in.
A typical Rosie Winter mystery. Rosie is a mostly unemployed actress during WWII in New York. Her boy friend had broken up with her than joined up. He is now missing a leg and engaged to someone else. In each volume Rosie gets involved with some WWII era crime. In this one it is sleeper Nazi spies.
Jenn Estepp
another rosie winter mystery, although genre elements take a backseat to further exploration of "life during wartime." i don't think it's quite as strong as some other books in the series, but i enjoyed it and will still get excited if/when i hear there's another one coming.
Far better than the previous two books, although the mysteries get a little more preposterous as the series goes on. Still, the character studies in this one were a little more interesting and enjoyable.
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewed by: Mallory
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Rated: 4 Heart

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A good WWII mystery. The gals are back from the South Pacific and are finding that nothing there or back home is what it seems.
I am going to miss Rosie
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Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received her BA in English and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She's a member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and has been a board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers o ...more
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