Dulcet Press Announces Publication of The Temporary Detective By Joanne Sydney Lessner

Phones, light typing...and murder.

NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2012 – Dulcet Press (www.dulcetpress.com) is pleased to announce the publication of The Temporary Detective by Joanne Sydney Lessner, the first novel in a series introducing a vivacious, impulsive new amateur sleuth: aspiring actress and office temp, Isobel Spice.

After being rejected by seven New York City temp agencies for her lack of office 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.

The Temporary Detective has all the elements of a traditional whodunit, plus the back story of Isobel’s attempts to break into show business, which will continue throughout the series,” says Lessner, who made her own Broadway debut in Cyrano: The Musical. “The success of NBC’s Smash is proof that people are curious about what it takes to get to Broadway. Most people don’t know what it means on a day-to-day basis to be an aspiring actor in New York. I hope to give readers a peek into that world within the framework of a fun, contemporary mystery.”

The Temporary Detective is available in the following editions: paperback http://tinyurl.com/c3qnjkj, Kindle http://tinyurl.com/7qzbcmq and Nook http://tinyurl.com/bt9udo6. The second Isobel Spice novel, Bad Publicity, will be released early next year.

Joanne Sydney Lessner (http://joannelessner.com) is the author of Pandora’s Bottle, a novel inspired by the true story of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine (Flint Mine Press, 2010). With her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, she 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. Joanne is a regular contributing writer to Opera News and a graduate of Yale University.

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