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The War Against Miss Winter (Rosie Winter Mystery #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  808 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews

It's 1943, and the war escalating in Europe and the Pacific seems far away. But for aspiring actress Rosie Winter, the war feels as if it were right in New York City—what with food rationing and frequent blackouts . . . and a boyfriend she hasn't heard word one from since he enlisted in the navy. Now her rent is coming due and she hasn't been cast in anything for six month

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Jan 10, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for another Maise Dobbs. Not even close. Almost gave up in the early pages because the 1940s slang was just overwhelming. Throwing in period slang in every sentence does not make it a "pitch perfect period novel" But maybe that's just me.
The mystery never really came together and in the end, it was a wee bit ridiculous. Not a series I'll be continuing with.
Tara Chevrestt
A superb book! I was thoroughly engaged in the mystery and I never figured out whodunit until the very end. I also love the heroine. She is witty, sarcastic, and her quips had me laughing, be they aimed at herself or at others.

The heroine, Rosie is an actress turned gumshoe. Her sidekick is her best friend and fellow actress, Jayne. The setting is New York City during world war II. The case: A much desired and very secretive play is missing. Numerous people are trying to find this play and some
At times, I read in phases. Recently I went through an urban fantasy phase; now and then I'll be stuck in a gaslight phase and wind up reading all of Anne Perry again. (Or avoiding Anne Perry in search of something new.) For a little while (as long as I could find books to fit it), thanks to James R. Benn, I was in a WWII phase. A Mortal Terror was an excellent murder mystery set in the midst of battle in Italy in 1943; Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime, by John Dunning, was set in 1944 in New Jersey ...more
Mar 26, 2009 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a great take on the noir mystery, told from the point of view of the Dame. If Haines can figure out a less convoluted and more interesting plot, she'll have a winner series.

Oct 10, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, mystery fans, and people who love a unique narrator
Shelves: reviewed-books
I grabbed this book on a whim at the library and I'm so excited that I did. I devoured this book- the language was engaging, the story was exciting, and the mystery kept me guessing almost until the end. Rosie Winter is a sassy lady, and rest assured she does not take crap from anyone about anything. Her snappy retorts to the people around her who would try to bring her down are thoroughly entertaining, and her voice as a narrative keeps the story moving at just the right pace. Plus, how can you ...more
Sep 11, 2011 El rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My mom.
I needed a fun, quick read right now, and Kathryn Miller Haines was just hanging out on my shelf begging to be read. I had unintentionally read the second book in the Rosie Winter series not too long ago and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to going back to read #1 when I found a copy.

I think Haines grew as a writer between the two books, or maybe I just wasn't as into it this time as I was the first time I read about Rosie Winter. Things didn't tie up in a neat little bow this time; I'm not
Aug 02, 2013 QNPoohBear rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story is more of a typical crime novel than the "cozy" mystery I was expecting. Rosie is tough and down and out. She reads pulp fiction and talks like a character from a bad pulp fiction novel or gangster movie. I had a hard time understanding all her slang words, even in context. I really could not muster up any sympathy for her. I found her annoying and whiny and downright rude at times. She's not the type of character I usually enjoy. I was more interested in a minor character who appear ...more
Rosie is an actress. At least, that's what she'd like to be. But she hasn't had a part in ages. At least she has her job at the detective agency. Until her boss is found hanging dead in the closet. Now Rosie is really in trouble. But some of the agency's less than respectable clients are after her to continue her boss's investigation into a missing play. And now someone is willing to kill to find it.

I enjoyed this book, but some things about it bothered me. I liked Rosie and her roommate Jayne.
Jodi Christine

I was really disappointed with this book. I read at least 1/3 of the book and felt no interest to continue, the story was going absolutely nowhere. The reason that I was so disappointed with this book was because I have read other books by Kathryn Miller Haines and always found them interesting and easy to get into. I may try to read this book again eventually but for now it is going back on my bookshelf.
Norma Huss
Jun 13, 2011 Norma Huss rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historic
Excellent early WW II atmosphere. Innovative mystery plot.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The year is 1942, and Daisy is an out of work actress who takes a part time job with a detective, basically because she's enamoured of pulp fiction. When her boss turns up dead in his own office, she decides to find out who dun it. Of course she does. She's no more a detective than she is an actress, really, but that doesn't stop our Daisy.
I guess this was OK, though it was very much a first novel. I see by the acknowledgements that the authoress was part of a writer's workshop; I do wish her p
Charlene Roberson
I liked this! I was looking for "something" and this book was recommended to me. It gets very detailed about theater productions, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed that, too.

Rosie Winter is an actress who is having trouble getting a job on stage so she takes a job as an assistant to a private detective. Then the detective turns up dead and a client wants her to continue working on his case. And we're off................ Lots of twists and turns and red herrings, but it has
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"It's 1943, and the war escalating in Europe and the Pacific seems far away. But for aspiring actress Rosie Winter, the war feels as if it were right in New York City—what with food rationing and frequent blackouts . . . and a boyfriend she hasn't heard word one from since he enlisted in the navy. Now her rent is coming due and she hasn't been cast in anything for six months. The factories are desperate for women workers, but Rosie the Thespian isn't about to become Rosie the Riveter,
Sep 01, 2011 JoLee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, paper
It was quite interesting to go from reading Kathryn Miller Haines' first young adult book, The Girl is Murder, to her first novel The War Against Miss Winter. Although was written several years prior to The Girl is Murder, the former seemed richer and the plot more developed. The young adult book was considerably shorter.

The year is 1942. Rosie Winter is an aspiring actress living in New York City. To make ends meet she works as a secretary for a Private Investigator. That is until one cold Jan
Jan 04, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first 80 or so pages of this mystery feel like a cheap and clichéd knock-off of a Sam Spade novel. Rosie Winter is an actress who works for a detective. When her boss is knocked off, it’s up to Rosie to find the killer.

Along the way, she also needs to find some work on the stage. She’s a doll with great gams who will contend with mobsters, exes, and an evil stepson just to get to the bottom of this case.

My gripes? The novel is too long, the mystery is too convoluted, there is too much emphas
Aug 15, 2008 Princess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to read books rather quickly but this one I absolutely savored. Rosie Winter is an actress trying to make it in NYC during WWII. She takes a job on the side working for a detective. When said detective winds up dead, Rosie takes on the case.

The jargon is true to the era and was a bit off-putting at first, but after several chapters, I started to enjoy it and let myself be taken along for the ride. Rosie is a great heroine, full of spunk and wit, always ready with a great retort.

The stor
Aug 12, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest the rating I would give this book would be closer to 3 1/2 stars, while I enjoyed the book, I wouldn't go quite as far as to give it four stars. Let's start with the bad, I love books set in other time periods, past, future even occasionally the present, but I don't like feeling out of the loop. I think Kathryn tries really hard to make the setting authentic, but it actually worked against her. On the bright side, the book was surprising, I loved Rosie, the only thing I disagreed on ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Chazzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
1943 and actress Rosie Winter has taken on a second job as secretary to Jim McCain, PI, to fill in between auditions and acting gigs. WWII was on and things were tight but she was getting by until her boss, Jim, was murdered. Should she walk away or take on finding what had really happened. Not a hard call...she took on finding what the backstory was and why Jim was murdered. The thing was that it was much more complicated than she thought. A cast of characters that extended to off the stage and ...more

"Believing in something could make you do just about anything. It could even convince you that a script was so dangerous you had to kill someone to make sure it didn't fall into the wrong hands."

This was a fun mystery novel that kept me guessing the whole way through. Every time I would think that I had it all figured out I would be proven wrong. Some of the Lingo used did confuse me at first but after awhile I got the hang of it and found that it made you feel like you were actually there
Nov 02, 2010 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!!! I am a huge fan of anything 1940's so I knew the minute I began reading it that this would become one of my favourites. The terms, the descriptions, the lingo...everything is perfectly WWII era! I felt like I was transported to NYC in the 40's, so vivid and realistic!

The plot is about Rosie Winter, a struggling actress who also works for a detective. When the detective is mysteriously murdered, Rosie takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of it.

The whole boo
Bonnie McHenry
Oct 07, 2013 Bonnie McHenry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I really wanted to like this book. I thought it could become a new series to get wrapped up in. Oh, how I was wrong! At first I couldn't figure out what it was that I didn't like about this book, than all of the sudden it hit me. The main character is just not likeable. She is mouthy to a fault and overly sarcastic. Even her "sidekick" flat. The writing itself is too wordy. Usually I fall in love with the sleuths in cozy mysteries, however, when I reached page 80 and realized quite the opposite ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Bibliophile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
The War Against Miss Winter is a charming and well-written mystery set during World War II in New York City. Our heroine, Rosalind (known as Rosie) Winter, is a struggling actress who also works as a secretary in a private investigator's firm. That is, she does until her boss is murdered. And then Rosie and her friend Jayne end up in the middle of a convoluted plot involving a missing play, theories of the theater, and various indiscretions.

I really enjoyed the characters and the period flavor o
Oct 25, 2010 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The War Against Miss Winter" was entertaining, but kinda long. Also, there's some theater theory which I found quite dull. This book, set in 1943 New York City, about an aspiring actress who's a secretary for a private detective. The detective is murdered early in the book and she tries to figure out why. Without giving it away, all I can say is that I found the motive and the ending very unsatisfying. I think drama geeks might be more into than me. I did love the way in which the author captur ...more
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
Oct 09, 2015 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
This book had an interesting premise. Miss Winter is Rosie Winter, a struggling actress in post-Pearl Harbor New York City, working as a file clerk for a private investigator since she does not have a full-time acting job. Her boyfriend - well, she's not 100% sure about that - left to fight in the war, and she is feeling conflicted about their relationship.

When the private investigator who is her boss is murdered, and a mysterious visitor asks her to find a play by a world-famous playwright that
Aug 16, 2011 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book at my local library, and I decided to give it a chance. I am slowly discovering the mystery book, which is a rather wide in scope; but I tend to lean towards books wtih an air of Agatha Christie. New York, London, etc. The 1920s-1940s...

If this book were adapted to film, only Howard Hawkes could be the screenwriter and director. The book is filled with sassy, snappy dialogue. It is very much a "gumshoe" novel, but the main character is a likeable actress/office assistant.

I'm no
Rosie Winter is trying to make a living. She's not getting any acting jobs and her moonlighting job at a detective agencey ended when she found her boss hanging in the closet. She's trying to clean out his office when a man comes in the back entrance (where the secret clients used to come in) and hires her to find a lost manuscript. This ends up to two more deaths, Rosie being followed around by goombas and her roommate Jayne being beaten pretty much to a pulp.
Lots of 40s era dialogue that proba
Feb 04, 2008 Breanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was charming and fun to read. Our heroine is a Katharine Hepburn-style woman whose wit adds life to an already interesting mystery (one of my favorite quips was, “Her sincerity was so thin you’d be arrested for wearing it out in public”). On top of that, Haines brings to life the details of New York in the midst of WWII: blackouts, jive joints, food stamps, automats, and the impatient wait for news from the front lines. This is an especially fun read for those interested in the theater ...more
Rosie Winter is a plucky struggling actress in 1943 New York City. Her boyfriend Jack is overseas fighting the war. She lives in a boarding house for actresses, and to pay her rent between acting jobs, she works for a private investigator. When her boss is murdered, a mysterious client demands that Rosie continue looking for missing papers. Rosie uses all her wits and network of friends and connections to try to discover what and where the missing papers are. Delightfully tale in snappy dialog w ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1940 aficiandos
Recommended to Sheila by: Jospeh-Beth Booksellers
I liked this book. She got the lingo right. I felt like I was watching a movie from the 1940's. It took me a little while to get into the story but when I did I enjoyed it. It's a murder mystery. Rosie Winter works for a private detective while trying to find acting jobs. Her boss is murdered. So is the playwrite whose play is missing. Who did it? It took me to the last few chapters to figure out whodunit. I love the WWII NYC setting. We've got gangsters, dolls, and everyone having to sacrifice ...more
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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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