Review: China Doll



Jana Lane is back on Broadway in 1984—starring in a murder mystery. Life imitates art when members of the company are murdered. As Jana investigates, it’s clear she may be the next victim. Complicating matters, is Jana’s uncontrollable infatuation, with her leading man, gorgeous and muscular Off-Broadway actor Peter Stevens. Will Jana find the murderer before the curtain comes down on her?

Rating: 5 stars


This is the fourth brilliant mystery novel series by Joe Cosentino. China Doll is a new broadway play that Jana stars in…however, this time…she brings two family members into acting. Her young son BJ and a cousin,  who will do anything to get into acting. Then there’s a male actor who is battling AIDs and only two others besides Jana Lane support him. The others don’t want him to continue acting. Then there’s the new babysitter that Jana Lane has hired to watch over BJ. Everyone thinks he’s gay but he claims that he’s not…is he really trying to convince himself or others? Joe Cosentino also brings in extra drama with a hot male actor that causes Jana Lane to remind herself that she’s a married woman. Drama is high and as the broadway play continues so does the tension of the actors. No matter where the famous Jana Lane goes…there’s always a murder case to be solved. 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 draws 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. Overall, I highly recommend China Doll to readers worldwide.

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