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Dead Pan

The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries, Book 4 of 6

by Jane Dentinger

In the fourth book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, where the eponymous stage actress and sometimes-detective goes, murder follows—even all the way across the country . . .

New York City has dried up for Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke. Her career on the stage has stalled. Her relationship with NYPD lieutenant Phillip Gerrard is through. She needs a way out, and a supporting role in a Hollywood TV movie seems like just the thing. But once on the West Coast, she discovers that her role is to support washed-up child star Ginger Jellicoe’s comeback attempt. When Buddy Banks, the production’s photography director and Ginger’s surrogate father, is murdered in a darkroom, Josh is pressed once again to put her sleuthing skills to use.

With the help of dashing LAPD detective Dwayne Hamill, Josh races to clear Ginger’s name while keeping the former child star from becoming the killer’s next victim.

Dead Pan is the fourth book in the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which begins with Murder on Cue and First Hit of the Season.

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ABOUT Jane Dentinger

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Jane Dentinger was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with a BFA in theatre, then moved to Manhattan, where she still resides. After making her stage debut in Joe Papp’s production of Pericles at the Delacorte Theatre, she acted off Broadway in All My Sons at the Roundabout Theatre and in Jack Heifner’s Vanities for ages.

    By the time Vanities finally closed, there were a lot of people she wanted to kill, and hence, she wrote her debut mystery, Murder on Cue, on a grant of sorts from the New York State Department of Labor. It was the first of six novels featuring actress Jocelyn O’Roarke, whom the New Yorker dubbed “an artsy Philip Marlowe.”

    While writing her novels, Dentinger managed Murder Ink, the preeminent mystery bookstore in New York City, for eight years. In October of 1999, Dentinger became senior editor of the Mystery Guild Book Club. In 2005, she was made editor in chief, a position she held until December, 2013.  

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