Its time for another dose of humor, wit and the foibles of human nature a la Jane Heller. NAME DROPPING is Jane Heller at her ironic best! Former Top Pick.

Preschool teacher Nancy Sterns life is stable and comfortable, if a little boring. One day, Nancy receives mail and flowers addressed to Nancy Stern, but from individuals she doesn't know. She soon discovers that a second Nancy Stern has moved into the penthouse of her apartment building.

Nancy returns the mail to its rightful owner, but feels depressed at her own lack of excitement. Then Nancy gets a phone call in error from a man named Bill Harris. In a moment of pure insanity, Nancy tells Bill that she would love to meet him. And so the subterfuge begins.

When the other Nancy is suddenly murdered, the decision whether to tell Bill the truth becomes moot. Nancy begins to suspect that something is terribly wrong when her apartment is ransacked. What on earth has she gotten involved in?

(Mar., 320 pp., $7.00—Hardcover published June 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith