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In Fiffer's charming if lightweight eighth Jane Wheel mystery (after 2011's Backstage Stuff), antiques picker Jane decides it's time for a new life, now that her son has gone to boarding school. After putting her Evanston, Ill., house on the market, Jane sends her treasured curios to her friend, Tim Lowry, for safe storage in her hometown, Kankakee, Ill., and heads there for a brief visit. She finds the town has been turned upside down by comedian Lucky Miller, there with a production crew to film a roast for his comeback. Jane's mom and dad, who run the EZ Way Inn, are in the thick of all the hoopla. Then, Jane learns that Lucky is looking for much more than a comeback, and a death from peanuts casts a pall over the proceedings. Leave it to sleuth Jane to figure out what's going on by the time of the climactic bowling tournament. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Antiques picker and PI Jane Wheel's divorce is now final, and her son is happily attending a math-and-science boarding school. Her house is on the market, and her many prized possessions are on their way to a storage facility in her hometown of Kankakee, Illinois. When she arrives in Kankakee, where her parents still run the EZ Way Inn, she finds comedian Lucky Miller is shooting a comedy special, trying to re-create the Kankakee of his youth. Lucky hires Jane as his assistant, so she can investigate the strange things that have been happening to him and help him remember past events that he fears might link him to a crime he may have committed as a child. When a crew member dies, Lucky fears he may be next. Complicating matters, Jane's belongings are missing, and she begins to realize that her parents need help running their bar. Jane, along with her partner, Detective Oh, solves the mysteries as she begins to forge a new, and perhaps very different, life for herself.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist