Joanne Sydney Lessner

Biography

Joanne Sydney Lessner is the author of BloodWrites Award-Winner and Awesome Indies Mystery Pick THE TEMPORARY DETECTIVE (Dulcet Press), which introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. Isobel's adventures continue in BAD PUBLICITY, AND JUSTICE FOR SOME, and OFFED STAGE LEFT. Inspired by the true story of the world's most expensive bottle of wine, Joanne's debut novel PANDORA'S BOTTLE (Flint Mine Press) 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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Series

Isobel Spice Mysteries
Aspiring actress Isobel Spice unaccountably finds herself forced into the role of amateur sleuth, when at each temp job she takes, she stumbles across a dead body.

The Temporary Detective

Price: $2.99 USD.

Bad Publicity

Price: $3.99 USD.

And Justice for Some

Price: $3.99 USD.

Offed Stage Left

Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Offed Stage Left
Series: Isobel Spice Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,350. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A series of minor backstage accidents culminates in the suspicious death of the leading lady on opening night of "Sousacal: The Life and Times of John Philip Sousa." When understudy Isobel Spice takes over the role, her mastery of the material makes her more suspect than savior, and she realizes the only way to clear her name is to find the murderer—before he or she strikes again.
The Ghosts' High Noon
Series: Isobel Spice Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
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In this delightful short story, enterprising actress and amateur sleuth Isobel Spice faces down a theater ghost to learn the truth behind an actor’s mysterious death during a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s gothic operetta "Ruddigore."
Bad Publicity
Series: Isobel Spice Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,760. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Aspiring actress and office temp Isobel Spice finds a warm welcome at Dove & Flight Public Relations, thanks to her old school friend Katrina Campbell. However, the atmosphere chills considerably when Isobel unwittingly serves an important client a deadly dose of poisoned coffee.
The Temporary Detective
Series: Isobel Spice Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,130. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Office temp and aspiring actress Isobel Spice takes on a dangerous role after she stumbles upon a dead secretary in a bathroom stall. Can the plucky amateur sleuth find the killer before he strikes again?
And Justice for Some
Series: Isobel Spice Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,520. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Actress Isobel Spice and her friend Delphi Kramer are thrilled to finally have an opportunity to perform together, even if it’s just a cheesy interactive murder mystery at a judge’s lifetime achievement dinner. But when Isobel’s dramatic death scene is upstaged by a real murder and Delphi is left holding the still-smoking gun, Isobel drops the role of victim and assumes the role of detective.

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