This is Anthony St. Stephen's strangest assignment. He is playing the role of butler to Philadelphia (Delia) Effington Wilmont, the widow of his friend and former fellow agent, Charles Wilmont.

Tony, known as Gordon to Delia, is there to protect her from whoever killed Charles. Since she's lonely, she befriends 'Gordon,' drinking brandy, playing backgammon and sharing secrets with him.

Tony is determined to meet her as his 'real' self, and does just that at the Effington Ball, when Delia and her twin sister, Cassie, change places. With duplicity and deceit surrounding them, can Tony and Delia forge a future together?

Trust Alexander to spin such a complicated plot, filled with intrigue, spying and the quest for true love. The characters are well developed and endearing and the plot moves along at an enjoyable pace. SENSUAL (Dec., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner