Friday, June 21, 2013

TEMPORARY DETECTIVE by Joanne Lessner ~ Spotlight & Giveaway

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Phones, light typing...and murder.

Think breaking into show business is hard? Try landing a temp job without office skills. That's the challenge facing aspiring actress Isobel Spice when she arrives in New York City, fresh out of college and deficient in PowerPoint. After being rejected by seven temp agencies for her lack of experience, Isobel sweet-talks recruiter James Cooke into letting her cover a last-minute vacancy at a bank. New to his own job, and recently sober, James takes a chance on Isobel, despite his suspicion that she's a trouble-magnet. His misgivings are borne out by lunchtime, when she stumbles across a dead secretary in a bathroom stall. With her fingerprints on the murder weapon, Isobel sets out to prove her innocence by investigating the crime herself. While learning to juggle phone lines and auditions, she discovers an untapped talent for detective work--a qualification few other office temps, let alone actresses, can claim.

 

“I wouldn’t go back if I thought there were an insane murderer on the loose,” Isobel said. “On the contrary, whoever did this was very sane. Let me tell you, I wanted to kill that woman after three hours.”

Delphi looked askance at Isobel. “You…didn’t, right?”

For some reason, Delphi asking her point-blank bothered her less than James’s confused hinting. “Of course I didn’t. But I don’t blame you for asking. You hardly know me.”

“It sounds like whoever did it also wanted to humiliate her,” Sunil mused. “I mean, think about it. Captured for all eternity on the pot!”

“Could it have been somebody from outside who came in, waylaid her in the bathroom, pulled the emergency bell and left?” Delphi asked.

Isobel shook her head. “She was such an unpleasant person that it just doesn’t seem random.”

“Then you definitely should not go back there, paycheck or no paycheck,” Delphi said.

Sunil nodded. “Delphi’s right.”

“You’re sweet to be so concerned, but I’ll be fine.” Isobel smiled. “It was really nice meeting you both. Good luck with everything.”

“I think you need it more than we do,” Sunil said.

As Isobel rode south on the subway, sardined between a bike messenger in need of deodorant and a young mother juggling twin toddlers, she wondered whether to take her new friends’ advice. No job was worth risking her life. But what about the other people at the bank? They were all continuing to show up for work, weren’t they? They had no choice. They all had jobs to do.

Well, so did she. She needed the money. James didn’t have anything else for her, and even if he did, he might not send her out again. She still hadn’t proven herself, not really.

And that was what she had come to New York to do. Prove herself.

 



A Look Into The Life of Isobel Spice

It’s a Helluva Town!
By Joanne Sydney Lessner as told by Isobel Spice

I moved to New York ready to claw my way into auditions, but I never expected having to fight to get a temp job! I mean, that’s what every actor does when they move to New York, right? That or wait tables (and oh, boy, you do not want me doing that—I once dropped five boiled lobsters on a nun.) But how come everyone else seems to just waltz out of college right into a temp job? If James Cooke at Temp Zone hadn’t taken a chance on me, I don’t know what I’d have done. Then again, before lunch on the first day of my first job, I found a dead secretary in the bathroom. I hate when that happens! But in the end, it wound up being pretty exciting, especially when I unmasked the murderer before the police could figure it out. Given how condescending they were, I rather enjoyed that.
 
After that, I had a few uneventful temp jobs, but then I landed this one, at Dove & Flight Public Relations, where my friend Katrina from college works. It was all going swimmingly until a client dropped dead over a cup of coffee I had just served him! (Yeah, hate when that happens!) And then it turned out that James knew the guy who died. He gets a little weird whenever I ask about him. So does Katrina, for that matter. I think there’s something she’s not telling me. Actually, there’s a lot going on at this office with the company about to be taken over by some international conglomerate. I’m not entirely sure what the dead client has to do with it all, but as my roommate Delphi would say, something’s rotten in the state of Dove & Flight. The cops assigned to this case are nicer than the last ones, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to share my suspicions with them.
 
In the meantime, I’m making it a point to get to more auditions, even if it means getting up at six in the morning and waiting outside in the freezing cold just to get a time slot. Delphi’s lucky; she’s found her niche already with a Shakespeare company. She’s rehearsing Constance in King John, and she tried out a monologue on me the other day. She’s actually really good. Our friend Sunil…now, he has a gorgeous voice. But because he’s Indian, he’s always getting typecast as delivery boys, and they generally don’t break into song. It looks like he and I are might do a revue of original songs together, which will be really nice for both of us. It’s amazing how quickly you lose your identity when you’re not performing.
 
Okay, time to finish my latte and start following up on this press release. But maybe I’ll just take a quick peek online and see if there are any good auditions coming up. You know what they say—an actor’s job is to audition! Well, when you’re not stuck temping. Oooh, this one looks good…for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway…

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Joanne Sydney Lessner is the author of BloodWrites Award-Winner and Awesome Indies Mystery Pick The Temporary Detective, which introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. Isobel’s adventures continue in Bad Publicity. Joanne’s debut novel, Pandora's Bottle (Flint Mine Press), which was inspired by the true story of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine, was named one of the top five books of 2010 by Paperback Dolls. No stranger to the theatrical world, Joanne enjoys an active performing career, and with her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, has co-authored several musicals, including the cult hit Fermat's Last Tango and Einstein's Dreams, based on the celebrated novel by Alan Lightman. Her play, Critical Mass, received its Off Broadway premiere in October 2010 as the winner of the 2009 Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition.


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Joanne will be awarding one Read Your Writes Book Review’s commenter an ebook copy of her novel Pandora's Bottle, inspired by the world's most expensive bottle of wine. And a blog tour grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (Leave your email address in the comments section in order to enter.)
 
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23 comments:

  1. Dropping five boiled lobsters on a nun sounds like it should be the punch line to a joke. It made me laugh. I could totally picture it. Isobel Spice you made my day. Good luck with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - still laughing at that too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hey again Mary.

      I have to say Isobel is different from other people.

      Good luck in the contest.

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  2. Love Isobel, what a character.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Ingeborg!!!

      Isobel is a character alright. She has her funny moments, but she can be quite serious. Oh and her brother, Perceval. Hopefully, I spelled his name right.

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  3. Hey, all! Sorry I'm only commenting now. I've been running around all day, trying (and failing) to get into auditions. Oh, well. I'm used to it by now! Glad you got a kick out of the lobsters. I can laugh about it now, but, oh boy, it was so not funny at the time! Depending what happens in the PHANTOM audition, I might let Joanne write about it in BAD PUBLICITY. I'm non-Equity, so it could be a very loooong day. Kim - thank you for letting me run off at the mouth on your blog without shutting me up the way James does!

    XO, Isobel

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    1. Hi Isobel.

      I think you're funny. You make me laugh. But you know, James has a thing for you.... I know that you look out for him too. And he just cares about what happens to you. Thus, he's ALWAYS worried.

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    2. James? Really?! I don' t know. He's always telling me he doesn't want to date anyone right now. But Percival agrees with you, and he's almost always right. I worry about James more than he worries about me. I think. Anyway, I'm glad you think I'm funny! I try :)

      XO, Isobel

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  4. This sounds like a really fun read. I love mysteries that I can giggle at.

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    1. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Jane.

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  5. This is just eh kind of mysteries I like. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Isobel does sound like a very interesting character! I love character interviews.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Catherine.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Good luck.

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  7. I like Isobel. She sounds dramatic and fun and I can't wait to read more about her!

    andralynn7 AT gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by again, Andra.

      Good luck in the contest!

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  8. Isobel is an interesting character. I found the book was different than what I expected.

    kvmatlockATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      Good Luck!

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  9. bobbyehopebooth AT yahoo dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      Good luck.

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  10. I enjoy reading your posts. They are varied and interesting.
    Thank you for the giveaway

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