Kozak knows how to make pages turn, plots sizzle and readers laugh out loud. As if that weren't enough, the juicy L.A. setting of her second novel goes ultra-Hollywood when main character Wollie Shelley lands a reality TV gig.

The show Biological Clock is just one way struggling greeting-card artist Wollie pays her bills. The set of the cheesy reality show is also where she meets German au pair Annika. When Annika disappears, her frantic mother begs the soft-hearted sleuth to find her. Wollie agrees, and the result is comic misadventure, involving a break-in that goes hilariously wrong, persistent paparazzi, drug lords, the FBI and catty cast members.

Surprising plot turns, clever pieces of a puzzle that eventually fit brilliantly together and a fabulous, nail-biting finish make this a thrilling read. Kozak can go from comic to serious in seconds, and she takes readers along with her. (Mar., 352 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison