The always excellent Skye combines the worlds of her Draycott and Code books with seamless ease. The technical information regarding climbing is fascinating and gives her heroine a unique and authentic edge. Heart-stopping action, reluctant passion and cunning villains all add up to a new Skye classic.

Art restorer Nell MacInnes can spot a forgery with ease. Part of her education came from her father, a renowned art thief, who was eventually caught and imprisoned. When a rare sketch by Leonardo da Vinci goes missing, authorities suspect Nell's recently released father is involved.

Foxfire operative Dakota Smith has been assigned to monitor Nell, which involves helping her rescue stranded kids on a dangerous mountain in Scotland. When Nell is nearly abducted, her father urges her to go to Nicholas Draycott for help. To save both a potential masterpiece and her father from criminals with terrorist ties, Nell will have to join forces with a ruggedly attractive, if taciturn, Dakota and his team. (HQN, Sep., 384 pp., $6.99)
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Jill M. Smith