Bell continues his Trials of Kit Shannon series with Kit and her new husband, Ted Fox, returning from their Hawaiian honeymoon. A murder aboard the ship soon embroils Kit in the defense of the accused, the dead man's widow. Is the woman as pitiful and innocent as she appears, or is she the first to dupe Kit into defending a guilty client?

In 1900s Los Angeles, Kit has fought for respect as a female lawyer in a man's city. Now, as a married woman, she faces redoubled persecution from people of both sexes who think she should retire to keep hearth and home.

This third outing in the series outshines the first two by far. The characters have depth and authenticity and the plot takes unexpected yet believable turns. More active sentence structure would have strengthened the story, but one hardly notices in this truly entertaining read. (Jun., 304 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson