Just before as she announces her engagement/merger, CEO Charity Truitt realizes she can't do it. She turns the business over to her step-siblings, and opens a book store in Whispering Waters Cove. She fits in with the yuppie and hippie types, but Charity and the other shop owners on Crazy Otis Landing worry about new landlord Elias Winter renewing their leases.

After years of cultivating revenge, Elias has the man responsible for his father's death in his grasp. But he realizes that passing judgment will devastate his psyche and walks away. He recently lost his mentor Hayden Stone, a mercenary-turned-existential-martial-arts-philosopher. Inheriting Hayden's property brings Elias to Crazy Otis Landing and feisty Charity stirs his long submerged emotions.

According to the "Voyagers" and cult leader Gwendolyn Pitt, the small town is the future landing site for visiting extraterrestrials and next Monday is D-day. The whole town turns out for the expected show, but instead murder transpires. A second killing muddies the waters even more, forcing Charity and Elias to interrupt their offbeat courtship to solve the murders.

Ready for quirky humor, passionate romance with a touch of suspense thrown in? Then you are ready for superb author Jayne Ann Krentz's hot DEEP WATERS. Happy Reading! (Dec., 342 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith