To settle her father’s gambling debts, Christiana Madison married Richard, Earl of Radnor. The overbearing “Dicky” has made her life a living hell and when she learns he has kept her isolated from family and friends she storms into his office, only to find him dead. Her sister is begging to attend a ball, so Christiana keeps her husband on ice. Meanwhile the real Richard returns; it seems his identical twin brother’s attempt to kill him didn’t work and he’s back to for revenge, but all he finds is a body and a tempting widow.
Richard decides to investigate the possibility that Christiana is a murderess. Christiana decides to pretend this kind and sexy man is her husband. But a devious killer in their midst, who may be allied with a blackmailer, puts them in a dangerous position. (AVON, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)