Its April Fools Day and Chris Bennetts family has already played a loving joke on her, so she thinks shes safe for the rest of the day. While running errands, she spies a man lying on the ground. When she goes to examine him, she discovers hes been stabbed to death. She speeds home to call the police. To her utmost shock, the police inform her that shes the victim of an April Fools prank. The man wasnt dead at all but was part of the joke. Chris feels like a complete moron.

Later that day, fiction becomes fact when the man, Willard Platt, actually is killed. Chriss natural curiosity is aroused, and with her police officer husbands blessing, conducts her own investigation, only to discover that the Platt family was a tragic one, and the nightmares of the past can effectively shape the present and future.

THE APRIL FOOLS DAY MURDER is a lively read with an appealing mystery. Chris Bennett is a painstaking, thoughtful sleuth, and Ms. Harris always leaves clues so the reader can solve the crime along with Chris. (Mar., 272 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg