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This month, Bantam releases the next two suspenseful installments in Michele Jaffe's Arboretti family series, LADY KILLER and SECRET ADMIRER, in a specially priced two-in-one volume. The intrigue starts with LADY KILLER. Two hundred upstanding citizens saw Miles Loredan kill the man known as the Vampire of London three years ago. But when crime solver Lady Clio Thornton finds the body of a young woman with marks on her neck, she is sure the vampire has returned.

Betrothed to Clio's insipid cousin Mariana, Miles is intrigued by Clio's intelligence. When she approaches him with the news that she believes she herself may be the vampire, he decides to keep a close eye on her. But she proves to be a danger to him in more ways than one.

Filled with suspense that escalates with each turn of the page and a real flavor of the English Renaissance era, LADY KILLER is a compelling, hard-to-put-down read. Ms. Jaffe has brought together a cast of eccentric characters, including Clio's pet monkey for comic relief, and plunged them all into a frightening mystery. Michele Jaffe proves herself to be an expert romantic mystery writer whose talents grow with this top addition to the Arboretti family series. SENSUAL (May, 450 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin