PR-woman Hilary Quayle plays only a small role in this new series installment--while her narrator-assistant Gene falls hard for daytime soap star Lara Wells (who just happens to be Hilary's look-alike cousin) and gets heavily involved in the lethal action over at the WBS-TV studio, where Lara's soap ""Riverday"" is taped. The primary murder victim: head writer Edward Niven, who falls (nude) to his death from the studio-building roof. But then someone seems to be after Lara too--and veteran soap star Florence fears for her life. Is the murderer one of the head writer's several love interests? Or a writer who wanted to move up? And when Florence is found dead, in an apparent suicide, should her posthumous confession be taken at face value? Well, the plotting here is at the customary rudimentary Quayle-series level, and Gene remains the most faceless of Archie Goodwin clones. But those with an interest in the backstage soap-opera scene will find this reasonably lively and thoroughly researched.