Joe Cosentino talks about his new release, SATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery.
As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. I remember my parents dragging me out of the movie theatre kicking and screaming after three showings of The Parent Trap. They still remind me of that! So I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever making a comeback personally and professionally—and solving murders along the way.
I find it fascinating how Jana uses the skills she learned as a child star to solve the crimes. In PAPER DOLL Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto.
The series takes place in the 1980’s and Jana lives in a gorgeous mansion in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. In SATIN DOLL, it is 1983, so I included a great deal of history, music, and fashion from that era like Flashdance, “Maniac,” layered hair, parachute pants, shoulder pads, lace gloves. I love that period! I was also able to include Karen Carpenter’s death, the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives, and dangerous proposed legislation by conservatives like the Protect the Children Act, which was a disguise to try to make gay people second class citizens. Since Jana is making a comeback film, I used my insider knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes on a movie set. Thankfully nobody was murdered on my sets, though I’m sure some people thought about. Hah. Finally, in SATIN DOLL Jana is in DC to research her upcoming role for Madam Senator. So I was able to include many famous Washington, DC historic settings like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, Capitol, and the Ford Theatre.
In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. 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 agent.
In my current release SATIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), 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. Jana rubs elbows with senators on both sides of the aisle, a lobbyist, and a Washington reporter. Her husband also goes through a personal crisis, which still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. Readers get a complete mystery full of revealed secrets by the end of each novel. The clues are there, and so are the plot twists and turns, and white knuckle shocking ending for each book. I’m thrilled to report the reviews have been amazing. Here are two examples:
“Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction
“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.