Wollie Shelley-reluctant dating expert, graphic artist and fledgling spy-goes undercover for the FBI to investigate MediasRex, a California media training company, in Kozak's wild fourth caper (after 2007's Dead Ex). The company's owner, Yuri Milos, hires Wollie to be a social coach and dating surrogate for such clients as clownish Zbiggo Shpek, a Moldovan heavyweight boxer. Wollie's FBI agent boyfriend, Simon Alexander, is alarmed, even if her three-month gig will pay $50,000, since Yuri has dangerous Eastern European political connections. Inside MediasRex's Calabasas compound, Wollie learns that the previous dating coach, Chai, a former America's Next Top Model contender, was killed in a car accident, though Chai's boyfriend insists she was murdered. Kozak keeps the laughs and chills in bewitching balance as Wollie uncovers the secrets of Yuri's extended family-and suffers a first-time dating consequence in the surprising denouement. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A Date You Can't Refuseby Harley Jane Kozak
Wollie Shelley isn’t happy about taking the job as a “social coach” at MediaRex,
Serial dater and greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley goes undercover in a media-training company suspected of video piracy, but when a dead body appears on the company’s property, she’s caught up in a conspiracy that goes way beyond some stolen DVDs.
Wollie Shelley isn’t happy about taking the job as a “social coach” at MediaRex, but the FBI makes her an offer she can’t refuse. If she agrees to infiltrate the company, they’ll guarantee that her schizophrenic brother will have a home at the federally subsidized halfway house he’s come to love. So Wollie launches into teaching three foreign celebrities how to cope with the customs of Beverly Hills, improve their English, and become Oprah-ready. And when a coyote-chewed corpse appears in the MediaRex compound, Wollie realizes that her colleagues are concealing some serious secrets of their own.
Kozak has a gift for creating characters that you care about and placing them in interesting situations. Her books might not exactly be realistic OK, they're pretty outlandish but they sure are a lot of fun to read. - Chicago Sun Times
Kozak engages the emotions–one minute she sends fissions of fear up your spine, and the next, she tickles your funny bone.- Library Journal
“Sharp and witty, but heartfelt.” — Kirkus Review
“Kozak keeps the laughs and chills in bewitching balance.” — Publisher’s Weekly
Praise for Dead Ex:
“A page-turner of a mystery. A lovable sleuth. A real winner!” —Janet Evanovich
“A Greek mythology twist and crackling insider insight into the fascinating soap opera world enhance this clever whodunit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“For drama, wit and just plain fun, every life (and death) needs a little Wollie.” –Kirkus Reviews
Meet the Author
HARLEY JANE KOZAK is an actor whose screen credits include Parenthood, The Favor, and Arachnophobia. She is the author of Dating Dead Men, Dating Is Murder, and Dead Ex. She lives in Agoura Hills, California.
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"A Date You Can't Refuse" is the latest in the misadventures of Wollie Shelley, the greeting card artist. This time she accepts a job at MediasRex, a media training company, not by choice but by the persistence of the FBI. But also pays well, and she needs the cash. Harley Jane Kozak creates such amusing characters and the story makes you wonder what is going to happen next. Will Wollie survive these foreign clients that she is paid to teach and also keep in line? Will she ever hook up with her boyfriend? And what is up with the owner of MediasRex? The book is a fast paced thriller that makes me yearn for the next book.
The FBI assigns greeting card graphic artist and tyro espionage agent Wollie Shelley undercover work at MediasRex, a California media training company. MediasRex owner Yuri Milos hires Wollie to teach etiquette to their socially-impaired clients and as needed fill in at dates at public functions. Wollie's boyfriend FBI agent Simon Alexander is upset with her assignment although the pay is great; not that he wants to be the social trainee to miscreants even for $50,000 for three months of training. However, he knows Yuri has deadly connections to Eastern European politicians and mobsters. Inside the firm's Calabasas, California headquarters, Wollie finds out her predecessor died in a car accident that the late predecessor's boyfriend claims was a homicide. The latest Wollie's woes (see DEADLY EX, DATING IS MURDER and DATING DEAD MEN) is an amusing zany investigative thriller as the heroine gets in trouble in her personal and professional lives. The story line has a humorous undertone but Simon is simply right with the amount of danger engulfing Wollie as Yuri's secrets re his East Europe community connections could prove fatal. Once again Harley Jane Kozak provides a lighthearted romp inside a potential deadly scenario starring a former serial dater on her first knockout date arguing over who drives. Harriet Klausner