Forty years after the murder of her sister Isabel, mystery author Julie Sellers is haunted by the possibility that she may have accidentally set the deadly events in motion. Then a stranger appears with evidence suggesting the man convicted of the crime was innocent—which Julie always suspected.

So she contacts Ethan Chapman, the brother of the boy Isabel was dating the summer she died, to search for the truth. Ethan and Julie have both changed and their attraction comes as a sweet surprise to both, especially when they discover who really killed Isabel.

Chamberlain writes movingly and truthfully, exploring all the stages of women's lives through her female characters. This mystery will keep readers turning pages, but it really only added spice to her rich characterizations. (Feb., 384 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer