Former Police Captain Jed Skimmerhorn certainly doesn't need to be living in an apartment over an antique store, but ghosts and regrets from the past have made him break old ties and find a temporary place to hibernate and heal.

When Dora, an antiques dealer and shop owner in Philadelphia, asks her flamboyant actor father to screen a prospective new tenant for the vacancy in her building, she never dreams how it will change her life.

Businessman Edmund Finley is a collector who doesn't care what he has to do to own his priceless treasures. When a shipment of his smuggled "special" treasures is inadvertently sent to an auction house, Finley dispatches Anthony DiCarlo to retrieve the hidden items from their unsuspecting new owners.

Dora and Jed immediately strike sparks off one another, but their feud/courtship is interrupted when a series of break-ins, thefts and murder mark a deadly trail leading directly to Dora's shop.

The incomparable Nora Roberts is at the top of her form with her new release HIDDEN RICHES. Ms. Roberts combines the deft and remarkable characterizations she excels at with a smooth blend of drama and suspense. Another bona fide hit. (May, 480 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith