All the books in Michaels' Maggie Kelly series are great fun, but the action drags in her newest. Maggie's witty banter and the relatable vulnerability she shows in her relationship with Saint Just are appealing. And, as always, one of the strongest characters, Saint Just's sidekick, Sterling, is an absolute riot and completely lovable. But the novel would have been stronger if the victim, Frances Oates, had been more fully fleshed out. Still, this is a fun book with many great characters to get attached to.

Historical mystery writer Maggie Kelly always gets mixed up in real-life mysteries. Just back from England, she quickly gets embroiled in another. Fellow author Frances Oates is found dead, and it's ruled a suicide.

However, Maggie's fictional-hero-come-to-life, Alexandre Drake, Viscount Saint Just, does not believe that to be the case, especially as he notices similarities to Frances' death and a threat that Maggie receives. Maggie, Saint Just and Sterling are on the case, for better or worse. (Kensington, Nov., 336 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer