LOVE IS MURDER
This New York City caper features an engaging heroine more adept at writing mysteries than solving them. When soap writer Morgan Tyler's boss is murdered, she ends up the bewildered recipient of half his fortune. Then, after the reading of the will, things get complicated. First, Morgan has no alibi. And she's being framed. Plus, someone's trying to kill her.
Morgan's escapades are dotted with fascinating insider details about the soap world and its stars. When Palmer sticks to gossipy asides, it adds a nice touch of big-city shine. When she goes into too much detail, the action grinds to a halt.
Despite Morgan's sad history, snappy humor keeps the story mostly light. And romance with a cop on the case adds a pinch of spice. (Jun., 288 pp., $5.99)