Book three in the Konigsburg series has a proven formula for success: love, humor, suspense and cute kids. Benjamin weaves intriguing subplots and throws in red herrings with ease. Familiar faces from the previous books join the fray and lend support.

Jess Carroll is tired of running. She’s settled far away from the grasping woman who wants custody of her 9-month-old son. Her former mother-in-law has the money, power and determination to get what she wants — and she wants Jack. When Jess answers an ad as a babysitter for a 2-year-old to supplement her income, she meets Lars Toleffson and his daughter Daisy — and her world as she knows it changes completely. Lars senses all is not right with Jess when he meets her. He has problems of his own, though. His ex-wife is threatening to take Daisy away unless he gives her more money. Then the break-ins begin, the dog gets poisoned and the threat to Jack becomes all too real. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown