Grad student Laurie Carlton gets an urgent message from her great-aunt Ida, whose sister Lizzie is claiming there are fairies in the woods and that she has pictures of them. Ida wants Laurie and her half-brother Doug to come check it out.

Doug and Laurie, mixing like oil and water, go to the old homestead. Lizzie is still babbling about fairies in the woods, and Jefferson Barnes, an itinerant handyman, has made himself invaluable to the old folks.

Doug and Laurie investigate the fairies, and to their surprise, they find something sinister going on that has roots in a long-buried secret.

THE LOVE TALKER is a high-spirited read that will charm and mystify. Peters light, romantic touch is superb, as is the delightful happy ending. (May, 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg