FROM BARCELONA, WITH LOVE
Adler’s soap opera-like novel features the on-again, off-again lovers, Sunny and Mac. Even with the author’s trademark descriptions and glamorous settings, readers may find this book a little too light on substance even for a beach read.
TV detective Mac saves Paloma Fortunata from drowning outside his Malibu home. It wasn’t just luck that the little girl was on the beach right near Mac. She was looking for him, so he could help find her mother, Bibi, who disappeared after being accused of murdering her lover and best friend. Fate intervenes again for the little girl when her step-grandmother, Lorenza, calls Mac to save her from her manipulative and greedy stepfather. With Bibi out of the picture, he wants to use the little girl to get his hands on her inheritance. Mac travels to Spain to start the search for Paloma’s famous celebrity mother. His girlfriend Sunny shows up when she finds out that the case involves Mac’s first love — the not-so-ancient Lorenza. As mystery and intrigue deepen, more than an inheritance may be on the line. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 384 pp., $25.99)