Librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden has mixed feelings when she learns that a film is going to be made about the first murders she helped solve. She doesn't really welcome the publicity but she is curious about the film itself. Also, the film will bring writer Robin Crusoe back into her life.

For the most part the townspeople are excited to have show business types in their midst, but any enthusiasm Roe had quickly fades. Not only do the film folk disrupt her organized life but her stepson, who has no warm feelings for her, is part of the crew.

When the woman set to play Roe in the movie is killed, both the residents and the outsiders are in an uproar, and feelings of distrust plague both sides. Although the police are called in, it is Roe's curiosity and her knowledge of human nature that enable her to uncover secrets and identify a killer.

LAST SCENE ALIVE is an enjoyable read that gives us a chance to catch up with old friends. Ms. Harris skillfully captures small-town life, giving the story added realism. (Aug., 245 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg