At the start of Anne Avery's romance, journalist J. Randolph Abbott III is already married to the lady of his dreams. Even better, his wife Caroline is a reporter who shares his love of the news business. Life is perfect for this absolutely Victorian hero—but when J.R. is caught at a house of ill repute, Caroline sends his life spiraling into turmoil.

The Gay Nineties dance realistically in the background of this delicious tale full of Tracy/ Hepburn banter and humorous "I Love Lucy" high jinks, as the duo covers a sensational murder trial. SENSUAL (Aug., 300 pp., $5.25)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger