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.
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)