Mariah Swann was ready to come home to the family she'd left as a very young woman. She wanted to start again with her older sister and settle down in Whiskey River, Arizona. She arrived only hours after her sister was found murdered.

Sheriff Trace Callahan had taken the job in Whiskey River to get away from cases like Laura Swann Fletcher's murder. Too many years with the Dallas Police Department, and too many deaths had left him jaded and in search of peace.

Mariah is certain the murderer is Alan Fletcher, Laura's husband, and is determined to prove it. Trace doesn't want to leave any stone unturned, even if some clues point to Mariah herself.

Tangled webs of secrets, affairs, political aspirations and family skeletons keep both of them running and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Ms. Ross masterfully weaves a tale full of momentum and curves. Between the intrigue and the steamy romance, you'll be left breathless. (Jan., 408 pp, $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson