Meet Laura Beekman Moore, described as ""rather like a switchboard plugged into the best bloodlines in North America from here to Governor Bradford."" Product of Miss Forbes and old money, the latter rapidly diminishing. A dilemma Laura must face after the messy break-up of her marriage and a hopeless love affair. So she opens up The Beekman Bureau, a social secretary service designed to organize the best in posh little $13,000 dinners; make sure your daughter doesn't trip over her coming-out; determine the right guest list, etc. Peregrine Pace is an unfortunate pseudonym for someone who obviously knows the business from Junior Assemblies to marquees to menus to the master electrician (a must if you don't want your party to blow a fuse). And the book is jampacked with those essential little details, Lester Lanin, ""Mr. Flowers"" and the kind of people we all know and love. Like Mrs. Smith--""I think I should tell you that I am about to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.