The death of a stranger at their B&B is the start of bad things for Peggy and Bob Beldon. The subsequent discovery that the man was actually Bob's comrade from Vietnam, Max Russell, initially made him a suspect, but he's been cleared.

Still, that doesn't help Bob deal with the dead man's daughter, Hannah, who arrives unannounced on their doorstep, or convince him to believe Peggy and the sheriff's fears that he might be in serious danger—until it's impossible to ignore.

The other residents of Cedar Cove are weathering difficulties in their lives as well, and Macomber's fans are undoubtedly desperately awaiting news of their fates. 44 Cranberry Point certainly won't disappoint them—but anyone who's not familiar with the series will find it difficult to follow, despite the author's efforts to incorporate past events into the narrative. (Sep., 384 pp., $7.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer