Cassidy's storytelling skills are strong
in this suspenseful tale of murder and unexpected romance. Though the story's premise is based on a coincidence that strains believability, the protagonists are likable, and the characters surrounding them, including all of the potential suspects, are well written and credible.

Annalise Blakely, who's worked hard to keep her mother's dollmaking business going in the three years since her death, finally meets a guy she likes: Kansas City homicide cop Tyler King. He's intelligent, funny, dedicated to his job and as attracted to her as she is to him. What neither realizes, however, is that their careers are about to intermingle in a most unpleasant way.

Annalise begins receiving unmarked boxes with old editions of her company's dolls inside, and Tyler starts work on a dangerous case involving a killer who's dressing up his victims in odd costumes. They soon discover the victims are being made to look like Blakely dolls -- the same ones Annalise is finding in those mysterious boxes -- and the killer is stalking Annalise for his final display. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Mar., 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel