Murder, romance, and scandal on and off the set of Jana Lane’s new murder mystery television show. America’s most famous ex-child star Jana Lane is starring in The Detective’s Wife, a murder mystery television show in 1985. Guest starring on the show is Christa Bianca, a rags-to-riches ingénue who has flooded the entertainment press. Life imitates television as cast members are murdered, and once again it’s up to Jana, along with sexy ex-detective Chris Bove, to save the day before the lights fade to black.
Interview with Jana Lane and Chris Bove from RAG DOLL, the fifth Jana Lane mystery
Interviewer: Welcome Jana Lane Otley and Christopher Bove from Joe Cosentino’s RAGDOLL, the fifth Jana Lane mystery.
Jana: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Bove: The muffins you gave us didn’t have enough blueberries or cinnamon in them.
Jana: Bove’s parents own a restaurant. He’s a bit food-obsessed.
Interviewer: I see. Since the readers can’t see you, tell us what you both look like.
Bove: Jana is gorgeous, petite, blonde hair, blue eyes, button nose, and a loving heart for everyone.
Jana: I’m blushing. Bove is tall, handsome, very muscular, with dark hair and very sexy eyes. He comes off a bit gruff, but he’s sweet as pie.
Bove: Speaking of pies—
Jana: Let’s move on with the interview.
Interviewer: Bove, you were also a professional football player, and when we first met you in SATIN DOLL, you were a detective in Washington, DC. It seems you are not only unlucky in solving crimes, Bove, but also unlucky with women.
Jana: Ask him about his ex-fiances.
Bove: Did you have to mention them?
Jana: Why not, Bove? Our lives are open books: SATIN DOLL and now RAG DOLL.
Bove: (sighs) Okay, my first fiancé left me at the altar—for my brother. The next one ditched me when she got busy with political life in DC.
Interviewer: Why do these women leave you, Bove?
Bove: The right woman for me is already taken. She’s a married actress.
Jana: That’s sweet, Bove.
Bove: It’s true. Ann-Margaret is incredibly hot.
Jana: Very funny.
Interviewer: But your last breakup was with Karen Evans, one of the suspects in RAGDOLL.
Jana: We should mention Karen is a dominatrix and involved with our director on The Detective’s Wife, Herm Fenton.
Bove: Thanks for mentioning that.
Jana: I’m always here to help you, Bove.
Interviewer: Tell us about RAGDOLL, your latest mystery, Jana, and why Bove is back joining you.
Jana: With the success of Miami Vice and Murder She Wrote, I was excited when my agent, Simon, told me I would be starring in a new television murder mystery series, The Detective’s Wife. It was quite a surprise when I found out Bove had become an actor and was playing my husband on the series.
Interviewer: And rags to riches ingénue Christa Bianca is the guest star for the pilot episode. Jana, you and Christa became fast friends, and wouldn’t you know, there was an attempt on Christa’s life. Before we knew it, murder ensued.
Jana: Christa’s past as a poor, small town girl who the other kids called, “Ragdoll,” touched my heart. I was incredibly concerned about Christa and those dear to her when it became clear there was a murderer on our set.
Bove: I can’t believe anyone works with this woman? She attracts murder like cookies to kids. Speaking of cookies—
Interviewer: Who are the suspects besides Karen, who covets Christa’s role, and Herm?
Jana: Christa’s agent, and her uncle who was also guest-starring on the episode.
Bove: And trying to hold on to Christa’s coattails when his career was in decline.
Jana: I’m impressed, Bove. An actor for a few weeks and you’ve already got claws.
Interviewer: Who else is suspect?
Jana: Andrew, Christa’s controlling manager/husband. And two couples playing bit roles who have a conflict with Christa and Andrew.
Bove: Don’t forget your son’s nanny and her boyfriend, our mysterious prop master with a secret.
Interviewer: Everyone seems to have a secret in RAG DOLL.
Bove: But Jana Lane exposes them like leftovers in the back of the refrigerator. Once again The Littlest Detective and School Spy used her knowledge from her movie roles as a kid and figured it all out in a nail-biting climax.
Jana: This one was quite difficult. The clues somehow didn’t add up, until the final reel.
Interviewer: Detective Rivera should give you a medal for solving all of these cases, Jana.
Bove: Or at least a little girl sheriff’s badge like Jana got in Sugar and Spice.
Jana: Funny, Bove.
Interviewer: For anyone who hasn’t been fortunate enough to read the other Jana Lane mysteries, tell us about America’s most famous ex-child star.
Jana: In PAPER DOLL at thirty-eight I live with my family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. My flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in my future. I venture back to Hollywood, which helps me uncover a web of secrets about everyone I love. I also embark on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of my old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In PORCELAIN DOLL, I make a comeback film and uncover who is being murdered on the set and why. My heart is set aflutter by my incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo.
Bove: I’ll take the next one. 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 flirtation with me, the detective. Jana rubs elbows with senators on both sides of the aisle, a lobbyist, and a Washington reporter.
Jana: In CHINA DOLL, I head to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by my gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off.
Bove: I should have been in that one.
Jana: Sorry, Bove. Speak to Joe Cosentino.
Interviewer: In addition to making a terrific comeback and solving numerous murder mysteries, you seem to have a lot of flirtations with men, Jana.
Jana: Brian is the only man for me, but you can’t blame a girl for looking.
Interviewer: In addition to your loyal husband, Brian, your agent Simon has been by your side in each book.
Jana: Simon is amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny, and totally loyal.
Interviewer: Now Simon is Bove’s agent too. How old is Simon Huckby?
Bove: Somewhere between senior citizen and rigor mortis.
Interviewer: How have the reviews been for the series so far?
Bove: Amazing. How else could they be with this woman as the focus?
Interviewer: Is Christa Bianca, the ingénue, based on any young successful actress past or present? How about Christa’s Uncle Nick, the aging character actor?
Jana: Christa is a beautiful, talented young woman who escapes her impoverished small town life and embarks on a successful film and television career. I’m sure there are many young actresses like her, past and present. In our youth-oriented society, there are also many aging character actors put out to pasture before their time. The interesting thing about Nicholas Hartford is how his niece looked up to him when she was a child, and now he looks up to her—hoping to ride on her coattails back to the top. I think we’ve seen that happen in a number of show business families.
Bove: Good thing we’re both still youthful and sexy.
Jana: No arguments there.
Interviewer: Jana, you are interviewed by a very funny, aging, gossipy female television interviewer in RAG DOLL. Is Harriet Hologram representative of Barbara Walters?
Jana: I believe there are many television reporters and interviewers who wield their power over celebrities. I see it as a love/hate relationship, where both interviewer and star need each other to promote their work and their careers. It’s a shame the process needs to be so hurtful. I believe that is stoked by many viewers’ interest in celebrities’ health crises, divorces, bad reviews, and other misfortunes.
Interviewer: And Jana opens the Jana Lane AIDS Foundation in this novel. Was that patterned after Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation?
Bove: Though Jana Lane is quite different from Elizabeth Taylor, like the great actress and humanitarian of yore, Jana is one of the very few celebrities to pick up the banner and raise money for treatment and a cure while our government representatives ignore the crisis that affected millions of Americans.
Interviewer: And you both go through personal crises in the novel and support one another.
Jana: After all we’ve gone through together, we can be totally honest with one another. Ours is a great friendship.
Interviewer: In this novel you are again confronted by a character who uses his religious beliefs to attack the rights of others. Do you think Christians will be offended by your reaction to Andrew Bianca’s verbal attacks on your gay co-stars, Jana?
Jana: I sure hope not. I’m a Christian who prays and goes to church on Sundays.
Bove: Jana is a true Christian to me since she tries to love her neighbor as herself, not judge others, and help the downtrodden and outcasts. Jana would agree with me that freedom of religion means the freedom to worship as you choose, not try to take away the civil rights or self-worth of others.
Jana: Well said, Bove. If acting goes by the wayside for you, like professional football and being a detective and getting engaged, maybe you should become a minister.
Bove: Good one.
Interviewer: I find it fascinating how Jana uses the skills she learned as a child star to solve the crime. How do you remember all of your old movies, Jana?
Jana: Simon never lets me forget.
Interviewer: Is it fun living in 1985 in RAG DOLL?
Jana: I love the hairstyles, clothing, makeup, music, movies, television shows, and dances. You should see Bove in his parachute pants, colored T-shirt, and white jacket.
Bove: Thanks. It’s an interesting time socially and politically as well.
Interviewer: Everyone in RAGDOLL seems to have a secret.
Bove: And Jana Lane exposes each one by the book’s end.
Jana: Yes, each Jana Lane mystery is it’s own story. Readers get a complete mystery with each novel, as you said, full of revealed secrets.
Interviewer: You play fair in your mysteries, meaning the clues are there, and so are the plot twists and turns, and white knuckle shocking ending.
Jana: I don’t like mysteries where characters are introduced and the writer arbitrarily picks the murderer at the end. The readers feel cheated. At the end of a mystery, the readers should say, “Of course! How did I not see that?” I agree about the ending. It still makes my heart race when I read it—and I’m still surprised.
Interviewer: And everything you do and say comes out of the head of ex-actor/current college professor Joe Cosentino.
Jana: Joe Cosentino is definitely the man behind the woman.
Interviewer: Does Joe Cosentino have another mystery series besides the Jana Lane mysteries?
Jana: Yes, the Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries published by Lethe Press. Each novel is loaded with wacky humor and romance in a fast-paced whodunit. Since Joe is a college theatre professor/department head, and theatre departments are havens of mystery, secrets, romance, and high humor; the series takes place at an Edwardian style New England college. In DRAMA QUEEN (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. In DRAMA MUSCLE Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In DRAMA CRUISE Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.
He also has his MM romance novellas published by Dreamspinner Press. They are AN INFATUATION (Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2nd Place for Best MM Romance), A SHOOTING STAR, A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND. Finally there is the MM series COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD, and COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT taking place on the Jersey Shore and published by NineStar Press.
Interviewer: As a college professor/department head, how does Joe have the time to write?
Jana & Bove: We help him.
Interviewer: Who is the ideal reader of the Jana Lane mysteries?
Jana: A lover of mystery, romance, and Hollywood. Someone who craves being swept away by a story and becoming part of the novel. My reader loves clues, suspects, and plotlines that zigzag with numerous surprises leading to a shocking yet totally justified conclusion. Finally, my reader relishes in beautiful, lush locations and captivating characters as she/he enters the portal of my book.
Interviewer: How can your readers contact you?
Jana: Via Joe Cosentino. He tells us everything.
Bove: He loves hearing from readers. Contact him via his web site at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Interviewer: Thank you both for stopping by.
Jana: It was a delight.
Bove: Let’s head to the restaurant next door.
Praise for CHINA DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:
“Joe Cosentino never disappoints…his novels are superb. I find myself addicted to each story that he writes, and once he writes a new book the characters end up being added to my all-time favorite lists. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, and murder to go around. A talented writer whose words constantly draw me in every time. I look forward to the next masterfully woven story in this series. Jana Lane is definitely a new female sleuth that should be on everyone’s reading list. I highly recommend China Doll to readers worldwide.” Urban Book Reviews
“A book that will captivate any reader! A page turner that won’t let you go! This is one author you can always depend on to publish a good read!!” Stormy Nights Reviewing
“Joe Cosentino is a brilliant mastermind when creating the perfect mystery series. In each novel in this intriguing series of his, Jana Lane Mysteries, readers are blown away by his writing. The instant readers jump into Joe Cosentino’s fictional world, the danger feels real, the suspense is killing, and the plot moves so fast. Action, lights, camera!” “A fast-paced murder mystery that readers will easily fall in love with…and one they can’t live without. Overall, I highly recommend this new title in the Jana Lane Mysteries and look forward to the next best adventure from Joe Cosentino.” Urban Book Reviews
“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.” Urban Book Reviews
“Porcelain Doll hooks from the start with characters behaving badly, all of whom have life-changing secrets.” “The story includes a nice arc, well-developed characters, and a few unexpected surprises.” InD’tale Magazine
Praises for PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery:
“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
“If you like novels that are filled with new and old Hollywood, and a range of sub-plots, you are going to love this!” Saguaro Moon Reviews
“I liked that there was enough evidence for each of the suspects to keep me guessing until the very end.” Molly Lolly Reviews
“Joe Cosentino knows how to keep his readers’ interest with every page.” Urban Book Reviews
“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite
Print ISBN 978-1-5092-
Digital ISBN 978-1-5092- 29
Released: November 16, 2016
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise and Drama Luau (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (NineStar Press); and the romance novellas: In My Heart anthology (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). As an actor, he has appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently head of the department/professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com