By Harley Jane Kozak

Wollie Shelley—the endearing, idiosyncratic heroine of the award-winning Dating lifeless males, courting Is homicide, and A Date You Can’t Refuse—returns in a humorous homicide secret set on the planet of tv soaps.

When David Zetrakis, the manufacturer of a well-liked cleaning soap opera, is located shot to demise the day after Christmas, Wollie Shelley reveals herself stuck up within the homicide research. Zetrakis was once one of many many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie’s occupation as a serial dater, and her good friend Joey has emerged because the media’s leading suspect. A hot-tempered big name who had dated Zetrakis and used to be fired from his convey a few years in the past, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt from him. yet Joey isn't the basically capability suspect. Zetrakis left plenty of great bequests to the solid and staff of the convey. and because the courting correspondent on a conversation exhibit known as SoapDirt, Wollie, who’s required to dine and dish with the celebs, speedy discovers that the behind-the-scenes intrigues of tv soaps are as hugely charged because the on-screen shenanigans.

When Wollie isn't really attempting to guard Joey from an onslaught of predatory newshounds, she’s aiding her brother make the transition from a psychological health facility to a midway apartment and negotiating her courting with Simon, her FBI-agent boyfriend. Dead Ex is one other full-out romp of a secret guaranteed to please Kozak’s many fans—and win her many new ones, too.

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Let’s answer it,” Fredreeq said, helping me roll her over. ” I unearthed the phone from the pocket of Joey’s blue jeans. ” “Hello. ” I said. “Glen Gill, Associated Press. Miss Rafferty, I’m sorry for your loss. I wonder if you’d mind giving us your reaction upon hearing of the death of your boyfriend. ” “My what? ” I said, slow to understand the question. “David Zetrakis. Hey, is it true that your marriage to Elliot Horowitz is breaking up and—” “Oh, my God,” I said, putting the pieces together.

And anyway—” “No. You have a Q rating that’s remarkable for a civilian. And it’s not like we’re going to get Paris Hilton, on our budget. ” I said. “Per episode. We tape five episodes every Friday, because Tricia works on the soap Monday through Thursday. I can get you a small per diem for the actual dates, and we’ll throw in a car service. ” “No. Oh! ” I asked, thinking I could get Fredreeq a job. She’d done facials for years but had recently begun branching out. “No, I don’t have the budget. ” Sophie brought in mugs of coffee and set down packets of artificial sweetener in three colors—pink, blue, and yellow—along with artificial creamer.

Yes. ” “You didn’t pass out, you fell asleep. m. In your own home. ” I considered a number of responses but opted for a dignified silence. I went into the living room to cover Joey with a blanket, then walked back through the bedroom into the master bath, where I spent forty minutes with a tubful of bubbles and the Economist, the only magazine Simon had lying around. I put on pajamas for the first time in three weeks. I did not iron them. Simon was still working. ” “Not yet,” he said, pushing his papers off the bed.

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