Poarch presents a multifaceted romance that diverts to a thought-provoking mystery without losing its romantic feel. The first installment of this trilogy has a well-developed story and strong characters who will evolve into protagonists as the trilogy unfolds.
Cornell Price is off-limits to the Claxton clan, yet he's drawn to Gabrielle, who tells him of her belief that she killed Roger and that he stole the family's treasure, a gold bowl. In search of the real killer and the treasure, this couple also has to deal with unsettling feelings and a family feud. (Dafina, Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)