Though part of a series, this mystery is a superb stand-alone novel. Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James try to determine if a terminally ill woman took her own life.

Duncan's London neighbor Jasmine Dent seemingly committed suicide by taking an overdose of morphine. But her friend Meg, who was there at the time of her death, insists that though Jasmine had been planning on taking the morphine, she changed her mind and wanted to live. Duncan is left to wonder who could have administered that fatal dose.

Sleuthing leads Duncan and Gemma to Jasmine's brother Theo, whose curio shop seems to be barely operating in the black. Another suspect is downtrodden Meg's boyfriend Roger, since Meg received a sizeable inheritance from her late friend's death. Then there's Jasmine's in-home nurse, Felicity, who may not be as innocent as she seems.

Suspense and careful sleuthing form the quintessential whodunit and provide nonstop entertainment. (Mar., 259 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick