As a romance novelist, Maggie Kelly was moderately successful. But when she began to write Regency mysteries, her books started flying off the racks. She wrote her characters so well, they came to life—literally. Following the success of last year's Maggie Needs an Alibi, the dashing Alexander Drake, Viscount Saint Just, and his bumbling yet lovable sidekick, Sterling Balder, are back. Maggie now accepts their role in her life—which seemed to be solely to create mayhem!

Saint Just talks Maggie into attending a romance convention so that he can win the cover model contest. Maggie reluctantly agrees, and soon ends up in the middle of a catastrophe. A prankster is running around trying to ruin things, and it's no laughing matter when the pranks turned deadly. Saint Just once again has a mystery to solve, and he drags Maggie along for the ride of her life—or death.

Nothing is lacking in this excellent book, full of great wit and superb plotting. I fell in love with all the characters, but Sterling really stood out. His sweetness radiates off the page. Michaels pulls off this original, highly unusual concept so deftly that I had no trouble suspending my disbelief. (Aug., 288 pp., $20.00)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer