Didn’t you love the 1980’s? Layered hair, shoulder pads, lace gloves, eye shadow, and songs like “Sweet Dreams,” “Billie Jean,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Maniac”? Such decadence and so much fun! I couldn’t resist setting my new mystery romance series in those glorious days.
As a kid I adored child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created a heroine for my series who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Paper Doll tells that back story. Now at thirty-nine, Jana Lane lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. In PORCELAIN DOLL, releasing on March 16, Jana makes a comeback film, a murder mystery thriller. Life imitates art as Jana has to uncover who is being murdered on the set and why—before the murderer gets her! Jana’s heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous romantic co-star in the film, America’s number one heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s colorful agent.
How was I able to write about the ins and outs of a movie set? After college, I was an actor on stage, screen, and television, playing opposite stars Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, David Paymer, and Jason Robards. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising yet earned conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels. As a reviewer wrote, I used my insider knowledge of show business to devilish ends!
And the fun has just begun. Coming throughout the next few months are more Jana Lane mysteries. In Satin Doll, Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll, Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. In Ragdoll, Jana stars in a television murder mystery series and once again life imitates art.
The early reviews for PORCELAIN DOLL have been amazing. For example:
"Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980's in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion." -- Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine
“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” -- Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews
“Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino.” “Every page fills the readers with intrigue.” “Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly.” “Once you read it, you can't put it down.” -- Danielle Urban Universal Creativity Inc.
So let the camera roll, slate board crack, and spotlight shine on the world of movie-making and its captivating inhabitants in these romantic, entertaining, fast-paced whodunits with shocking endings. Lights up on the Jane Lane mysteries!
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