For the dirt on daytime drama, you can't beat Palmer's behind- the-scenes dish. Her second novel featuring soap writer Morgan Tyler is a fun, fast-paced dash through Manhattan and Hollywood.

Intriguing, erudite Morgan is a celebrity insider who befriends doormen and treats stunt doubles like stars. She's recently been promoted to co-producer of Love of My Life when someone inexplicably mails her a live rattlesnake. Then a mysterious stranger comes to town, threatening Morgan's heart and quite possibly the life of her show's most beloved character. When a member of the cast is murdered, Morgan is determined to see justice done.

Full of sharp details, quirky characters and juicy gossip, Palmer's latest not only promises the goods, it delivers them in high style. (May, 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison