A romantic and a cynic make quite a pair and readers will delight in Susanna and Julian's spirited verbal sparring as much as they will applaud Danilo's antics and the surprising appearance of other ghosts who've come to the help. HEAVENS PROMISE is a love and laughter ghost story that tickles the funny bone and touches the heart.

The year is 1895 and Susanna Clement has come to Palmyra Maine to investigate her great Aunt Magdelena's disappearance 40 years ago. All Susanna has is Magdelena's diary and some knowledge about a scandal.

Much to Susanna's anger, Denver Post reporter Julian Kittrick has also come to Maine to find out about Magdelena. But he's intent upon unearthing old scandals and tarnishing her aunt's memory.

Susanna is determined to prove that Magdelena was a woman of courage, not a common jewel thief. She gets help from an unlikely source; Magdelena's fiance who died shortly after she vanished. Danilo has much to settle before he can rest in peace.

When Julian sees Danilo, Susanna realizes they will have to team up to discover what happened. Then Susanna starts having nightmares that transport her into Magdelena's mind and will enable her to unmask the real killer.

(Dec., 300 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin