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DEAD EX
by Harley Jane Kozak

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Humorous

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Kozak's charmingly eccentric heroine dishes up laughs and longing in this witty mystery. In a book laden with false trails that lead to an unexpected conclusion, Kozak uses her insider knowledge of the soap opera world to etch unforgettable characters whose oddities are balanced with their vulnerabilities.

By all appearances, Wollie Shelley has settled down. Her greeting card business is doing better, and she's
living with her new love, FBI agent Simon Alexander. But she still has to moonlight
as a correspondent for the talk show SoapDirt. Then, right after Christmas, her
old flame, soap opera producer David Zetrakis, is found shot to death. When Wollie's friend Joey, a flamboyantly aggressive former actress, starts looking like the top suspect, Wollie wades into
the investigation.

As the secrets of David's life are revealed, there appear to be a lot of possible suspects, including the deceased's money-troubled brother. Can Wollie find out who killed David before Joey has to start sprucing up her court wardrobe? (Doubleday, Aug., 352 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed By: Pat Cooper

Publisher: Doubleday

Published: August 2007

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