Sometimes life takes you places you never expected to be. Kate Klein used to be a fairly hip Manhattan girl, but somehow she's ended up a bored, frustrated suburban mom with three kids under the age of 5. When she calls on her Stepfordesque neighbor Kitty Cavanaugh, only to find the woman dead and a knife through her back, Kate sees a chance to add intrigue to her life.

Kitty had a multitude of shocking secrets, not the least of which is that her death brings Kate's "one that got away," handsome, slick Evan McKenna, back into her life. As Kate's marriage grows colder and she tries to avoid temptation, she delves deeper into Kitty's murder. But she'll never guess what secrets lurk behind the minivan doors.

Popular women's fiction writer Weiner tries her hand at a murder mystery for the first time, but the novel is split equally between Kate's personal life and her sleuthing. There may not be enough mayhem for diehard mystery fans, but Weiner's warm, engaging tone and witty writing keeps Kate a compelling and realistic heroine. More than a few reluctant moms out there will connect with Kate's tale. (Sep., 352 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Lynn Wheetman