Joanne Dobson--Author, Speaker, Teacher

Times Square 1944


"... a deft historical novel ... offers characters to care about, an engrossing story, a believable setting--and a window into an all-too-often ignored chapter in recent American history. Read it for any one of those elements, or all of them; you'll be glad you did."
-- S.J.Rozan, Edgar-winning author of GHOST HERO

"..."much more than a whodunit--with New York City as its backdrop ... explores how a diverse cast of characters attempt to make sense of the most seminal event in the 20th century--World War II. The plight of a Japanes immigrant artist, pursued by both the FBI and the New York Police Department, is especially moving. If you are not a fan of 1940s American History, you will become one!
-- Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries.


Coming in May 2014: THE KASHMIRI SHAWL: A Historical Novel
(See My Books section for more.)


The NEW YORK IN WARTIME Mysteries by Joanne Dobson and Beverle Graves Myers

As the declaration of war in December 1941 transforms New York City into America's War Central, a seasoned homicide detective and two young women, a nurse and a reporter, find their lives suddenly turned upside down. Encountering the best and the worst the uneasy city has to offer, sacrifice and true patriotism offset by political intrique, the threat of sabotage, racial paranoia, profiteering, and, of course, murder, they enter into the battle on the Homefront.

FACE OF THE ENEMY, the first novel in the NEW YORK IN WARTIME series, is slated for publication in September 2012. It features a gentle avant-garde Japanese artist, Masako Fumi, who is accused of espionage and arrested by the FBI on the night of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Along with other prominent Japanese Manhattanites she is detained without counsel at Ellis Island. The novel centers on her plight and on the efforts of friends to exonerate her when she later, all-too-convieniently, becomes chief suspect in a murder case.

The continuing series focuses on the wartime experiences of New Yorkers., especially women. For New York gals the war changed everything--and it wasn't all Rosie the Riveter for them. European refugees swarmed the city, transforming the arts, education, entertainment, social mores--and romance. The Manhattan Project recruited women scientists as well as men from throughout the Free World. Mousey little secretaries served as Special Agents for the FBI. The OSS trained elite young women to deploy their college French, German and Italian--and their sex appeal--in the interests of American espionage. And much more. Much--much--more.

Most of you know me as the author of the Professor Karen Pelletier series set at New England's elite Enfield College, where the curriculum seems to offer a major in murder. Professor Pelletier is currently on sabbatical, happily sunning herself in the Carribean or sipping vin ordinaire with Charlie Piotrowski in some small Parisian bistro or .... Well, the operative word is "happy." After that bruising tenure battle, she deserves a carefree vacation.