Jarrett provides readers with a delightful, charming art mystery set in a colorful palette of the French countryside, ancient churches and regal Paris. The interesting backdrop and art history add that little something different that many readers are searching for and allows Jarrett to return to the adventurous novels she wrote a decade ago.

Lady Mary yearns for the day when she will leave England for France, where she hopes to indulge her adventurous spirit. The opportunity arises sooner than expected when she finds a small Italian painting in an antique shop and bargains fiercely against Lord John for the right to own the angel portrait.

By purchasing the Italian masterpiece, Mary plunges herself and John into a whirlwind adventure, and one dangerous accident after another, as they search for the answer to the riddle held within the painting. Following leads, they journey from Calais to Paris, believing the painting is the missing third of a set and part of a secret message that leads to a fabulous treasure. But will they survive to decipher the message and find the love of a lifetime? (Harlequin, Dec., 350 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin