Early on, this Rachel Benjamin mystery makes the mistake of referring too often to events that took place in another book in the series, cluttering the current story. On the plus side, the double-plotted mystery is cleverly constructed and the characters are a likable bunch.

New York financial whiz Rachel is in Boston interviewing job candidates. She's also meeting her boyfriend for a romantic weekend and visiting an heiress client who has landed in the hospital as a result of a mugging. Meanwhile, the entire city is on edge because a serial killer of prostitutes is on the loose. Rachel's boyfriend seems about to dump her, but an old crush from her college days takes up the slack.

Although the pacing lags in a few spots, Sturman entwines all the seemingly unconnected plot elements in skillful ways and convincingly twists the ending for a satisfying resolution. (Dec., 320 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison