Walking into the Baker Street Honky Tonk ushers in a boatload of unpleasant memories for Veronica Davis. After escaping from the small town of Fossil, WA, she forged a career as a renovation/ redecorating specialist.

Her sister Crystal stayed in Fossil and took over running the Honky Tonk. A recent project in Scotland kept Veronica out of touch, which meant that word of Crystals murder didnt reach Veronica in time for her to attend the funeral. Complicating the situation even further is the fact that Eddie Chapman, the father of Crystals 6-year-old daughter Lizzy, is accused of the crime.

Fearing arrest, Eddie suddenly disappeared, which seems to confirm his guilt. But his half-brother Cooper Blackstock believes that Eddie is innocent. Coop is bartending for the Honky Tonk, trying to uncover what really happened to Crystal. The fact that no one knows of his relationship with Eddie can only work in his favor.

Veronica and Coop lock horns from the moment they meet, managing to generate a truly smoldering heat in the interim. Nevertheless, while they each have their own agendas, they both want to ensure Lizzys safety and happiness. The ideal outcome would be to find the true killer and reunite Lizzy with her father, but with no promising leads that will be a tall order.

Picking up a Susan Andersen novel means you are about to embark on a vastly entertaining adventure! Her stories are always chock full of humor, fun, sexy sizzle and great characterization. (Jan., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith