The second book in Barbieri's Alison Bergeron series sparkles with charm, romance and suspense. She's taken
her girl-next-door heroine, emotionally knotted, hunky hero and characters that could be found in any college town, rolled them in nuts and served them up on a silver tray. Readers can only hope there's another platter because there's no way to appease
the appetite for this snack.

College professor Alison just wanted her ex-husband to stop dropping in for uninvited visits. A fellow professor at their small college, Ray Stark's philandering had included their neighbor and the recently murdered daughter of mob boss Peter Miceli, so she doesn't know if she's surprised to come home to his body propped in her kitchen, sans hands and feet. Alison turns to her almost-divorced not-quite-boyfriend, homicide cop Bobby for help when Miceli begins to stalk her, claiming his innocence, and Alison's penchant for investigating gets her in trouble. (St. Martin's Minotaur, Dec., 240 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper