Sir Iain Armstrong returns after a 12-year absence to wed Lady Marion, his convent-raised betrothed. Their marriage will satisfy the Crown and bring peace to Iain's people, but the willful Marion resists.

But when they do wed, Marion finds her husband to be a fearless, protective and passionate man. They journey to Marion's home, where they contend with her two dotty old aunts, her uncle William, a body stuffed in the window seat and Marion's deranged cousin, who is determined to kill her and Iain.

Though an enjoyable read filled with murder, mayhem and zany characters, this takeoff of Arsenic and Old Lace does not deliver the flat-out humor that was intended. SWEET (Apr., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond