Although this novel was set to launch a new series, it will have to stand alone, because Seranella died earlier this year. But her last book is a wonderful one, with a gutsy and memorable heroine. Charlotte Lyon is highly likable, and
the plot is strong and intriguing. Even though it delves into the mechanics of trains, it is never confusing. Once again, Seranella creates scenes that stay with you long after you've finished reading.
It's not an easy job, and whoever is responsible for the derailment isn't pleased that Charlotte is on the case. Someone will do anything to keep her from learning the truth, even if it means murdering more innocent people. (St. Martin's Minotaur, May, 272 pp., $23.95)