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First Hit of the Season

The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries, Book 2

by Jane Dentinger

In the second book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, New York’s most hated theater critic has been poisoned. Now the question is, Who isn’t a suspect?
A lot of people have good reason to despise Jason Saylin. He has earned a reputation as New York’s most scathing—and powerful—theater critic. After-parties at his penthouse apartment are the most exclusive in the city. His knack for pointing out the key flaws of any production crushes budding starlets and delights readers. And his gossip columns are required reading for anyone aspiring to become someone on Broadway. Still, Jason has one weakness: an illness that he is desperate to hide. His illness is revealed in grandiose fashion when Jason staggers into a room during a party and falls dead on the floor. A man as controversial as Jason Saylin has a long list of detractors, and it is up to the intrepid Jocelyn O’Roarke to find answers. With the help of her friends (and lover) in the NYPD, New York’s greatest triple threat—actor-singer-detective—must get to the heart of a mystery that has taken center stage in the theater world. First Hit of the Season is the second book in the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes Murder on Cue and Death Mask.

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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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