Darius Monroe has come to Jekyll Island's Hotel Paradise after inheriting it from his grandfather. The hotel is an African-American landmark, and Darius plans to restore the run-down buildings. But someone doesn't want that to happen and will do anything to stop it.

Alicia McKay returns to where her late mother's family lives for the first time since she was a small child. With both parents now dead, Alicia has her mother's diaries and a gigantic question about her life to answer. Although she meets Darius under awkward circumstances, they are soon involved.

Humor, excitement, great secondary characters, a mystery worked throughout the story and a great villain all make Anderson's latest an especially strong book. (May, 256 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor