The zany citizens of Morning Shade are at it again. This time, a pair of Peeping Toms spread panic. Stella Diamond, the town's self-appointed senior citizen sleuth, is on the trail to sniff out the culprits. Meanwhile, Maude, Stella's daughter-in-law, takes a tumble on the ice and breaks her ankle. Might as well have her carpal tunnel operated on at the same time.

Laid up with two limbs indisposed, Maude takes stock of her life. She's a middle-aged widow who's never made the bestseller list with her mysteries. Suddenly, she finds herself with two suitors, a tempting but problematic book offer and her daughter goes off the deep end for the same kind of louse that abused her before.

Copeland's flair for the nutty but nice keeps the giggles flowing. A perfect book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. (Sep., 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson