Prolific author Michaels delivers an entertaining novel, complete with a spark of romance amid a bevy of chaotic canines. Her smooth writing compliments this novel, in which the heroine uncovers the mystery of her mother's life.

Animal photographer Olivia Lowell was raised by her father, believing her mother died in childbirth. When she learns that her mother died only recently and left her a sizeable inheritance, she's upset that her father concealed the fact that her mother abandoned her. Olivia also discovers that, 40 years ago, her mother robbed a bank and split the money with two friends. At her mother's request, she tracks down her mother's cohorts in crime so that they can return the stolen money.

In between all of this, Olivia meets Jeff Bannerman, the owner of a terrier she's photographing. Romance blossoms between them as Olivia makes financial decisions about the fortune she's inherited. (Kensington, Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick