It's 1943 and Jayne Rosie Winter, sometime actress and amateur sleuth, joins the USO along with a friend so that she can go the Pacific theater of operations to search for her missing ex-boyfriend, Jack Castlegate.Rosie's United Service Organizations (USO) troupe--a singer, a comedienne and Jayne--is joined Stateside by ex-MGM star Gilda DeVane, recently released from her contract and looking to restart her career. However, the tour is destined to involve more than just entertaining the troops when a woman's body is discovered floating beside their transport.
Soon Rosie is searching for Jack, performing for the troops, fighting off the fauna on the base (human and otherwise), and trying to figure out the increasingly complicated mystery enveloping them all.
Kathryn Miller Haines does a fine job of replicating the war-time atmosphere, a bit reminiscent of the film Four Jills in a Jeep, and is bang-on with the period slang: lots of gams, peepers, and gedunks, as well as genuine military lingo like snafu, scuttlebutt, et al. This is the third Rosie Winter mystery. Let's hope Haines keeps them coming.