HEART OF FIRE
The Heart Trilogy continues as ladies' gazette journalist Coralee Whitmore becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. Martin's tale -- with its intrepid heroine, brooding hero and a plethora of suspicious characters who enhance the chilling plot -- is a fine example of the modern gothic.
Suspecting her sister's
death was not a suicide, Coralee
follows information that leads her to Castle Tremaine, where she believes Laurel's lover, Grayson Forsythe, the Earl of Tremaine, is hiding the truth. Posing as the destitute wife of a
distant cousin, Corrie keeps Grayson under surveillance.
Grayson is not the lecherous seducer she expects. He's a man wounded by the death of his wife and burdened by family obligations. She finds his melancholy persona irresistible and comes to trust him, love him and marry him. But when strange accidents begin, she wonders if the rumors about Grayson's involvement in his wife's death are true. Her investigation leads them to London and a startling revelation. Corrie must place her faith in Grayson
if they are to unmask the real killer. (Mira, Jan., 380 pp., $7.99)