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Porcelain Doll by Joe Cosentino

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  • A Jana Lane Mystery

    Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

    Excerpt:

    Is that a tear in her eye? Reverend Charlton seemed to notice, too.

    Reverend Charlton signaled Gloria, and they stepped out of the study together.

    Jason was seated on a gold wingback chair near the fireplace. Jana took her seat opposite him on an identical chair. Technicians darted around them like laser beams as Hylas touched up their make-up.

    Jason hardly needs a touch-up.

    As Jana sat waiting for Jack to call for action, she looked up at Jason’s encouraging face. She again was taken aback by his incredible beauty.

    Reverend Charlton and Gloria reentered the study.

    Jack called for quiet and action. Jana and Jason played the scene, where the detective notifies her of her husband’s death. Jason delivered his lines with warmth, vulnerability, and obvious affection for Jana. In turn, Jana listened then reacted with deep emotions, conveying shock, loss, fear, and hysteria while being comforted by the man she trusted. Jana clutched onto Jason with such force, her fingernail accidently tore a hole in his jacket.

    “Cut!” Jack hollered.

    While the wardrobe woman repaired Jason’s jacket, Jana noticed Reverend Charlton step out of the study again, this time with Ryan O’Halloran.

    After the two men returned, and the jacket was mended, Jack called for slate and action for take two. Jana and Jason did the scene two more times. Each take was more realistic and heart-wrenching than the next, and each appeared as if it were the first time Jana was given the sad news.

    After the third take, Jack shouted, “Cut! It’s a wrap. Ryan, let’s move on to the next location.”

    Jana wiped the tears from her cheeks.

    Jason placed his hand on the side of her face. “You’re amazing.”

    “You’re not so bad yourself, partner.”

    “You make me better,” he said with adoration in his true-blue eyes.

    They shared a smile as again people hurried around the room like ants after a picnic.

    Suddenly, Jana heard a loud crash followed by a scream. Leaping from her chair, she followed the horrified gazes of the others in the room to Ryan O’Halloran lying motionless on the floor with a Fresnel tungsten shuttered light next to his head, and blood dripping from his scalp onto the hardwood floor.

Reviews

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11/26/2016

Porcelain Doll, Jana Lane mystery

"What a delight! A fun mystery that takes place in the 1980s with a range of engaging characters and a strong heroine, Porcelain Doll has no faults. Joe Cosentino creates a realistic world by using real events occurring at the time. Jana is helping a fundraiser to raise money for AIDS research. There’s also a fun reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger that is really funny. Jana is the perfect heroine for a mystery. She’s headstrong, nosy, and doesn’t know when to quit. She sees the best in people and fights for those she loves. In addition there is a range of great side characters that get more charming with each scene. Simon and Cornelius are adorable and perfect as her supportive friends. Jason Apollo is a layered character, who has more to him than his image. He’s charming, sincere, and the perfect Hardy boy to her Nancy Drew as she searches for clues. A must-read for mystery lovers! Porcelain Doll is charming with a great insight to the rise and fall of stardom, and with a twist at the end I honestly didn’t see coming." Readers' Favorite http://goo.gl/bcQxUh

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    04/28/2016

    Joe Cosentino at his finest

    “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

      Grade 
      03/28/2016

      Review

      “If you like a fun cozy mystery, suspense, humor, and all-around clean and sexy fun, this is for you.” Cathy Brockman Romance

        Grade 
        03/28/2016

        Review

        “great climax” “80s film thriller” “really did tick all the boxes for me” “he’s (Joe Cosentino’s) definitely someone to look at” “great mystery thriller!” BewitchedBooks

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          03/28/2016

          Review

          “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.

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