As always, visiting the residents of Macomber's Cedar Cove is rewarding. Her characterization skills are especially evident in this series. From senior citizens to infants, her people always ring true. And there's a new face in the familiar crowd who should appeal and amuse.

The fire that destroyed their restaurant, the Lighthouse, has also sparked a slow-burning disagreement that threatens Justine and Seth Gunderson's previously solid marriage. Seth's determined to rebuild; Justine isn't sure it's the right thing to do.

The event has a ripple effect. Anson Butler, the ex-employee suspected of setting the fire, has vanished. His girlfriend, Allison Cox, is having problems with her parents and the sheriff because of it. Allison believes Anson is innocent but develops doubts. If he's not responsible, who is? But the big question is, will the Gundersons learn the truth in time to save their relationship? (Mira, Sep., 496 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer