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Miranda "Rannie" Bookman agrees to copyedit a hush-hush book that threatens to be a gossipy tell-all about a prominent New York City society centenarian. Suddenly, other people attached to the project are dying, and Rannie speculates that the book is the motivation. Perhaps her teen kids and her ex-cop lover complicate Rannie's amateur sleuthing, but they inadvertently give her the avenues to snoop more efficiently. The trouble is, Rannie's hunches ("justifiable paranoia") are correct, and now she's the killer's next target. VERDICT Working upstream from her phenomenally popular "Fancy Nancy" children's series, O'Connor proves how well she can write snappy and comic adult fiction. Share with readers who relish Elinor Lipman's or Jeanne Ray's style of humor and female leads. This is the second case for the Manhattan-based copy editor sleuth (Dangerous Admissions), whose prowess with grammar holds her in good stead.