Nothing gets the blood pumping like a crazed, homicidal Druid bent on ritual human sacrifice — especially in Leigh’s refreshingly plot-heavy tale, featuring a believable and endearing hero and heroine. Unfortunately, the narrative becomes a bit cluttered as the book progresses and a number of side-character perspectives are added.
Unenthusiastic tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan is on assignment: travel to rural Maine and take photos of an elusive sculptor, the hottest new superstar in the art world. But the man who really catches her eye is a sexy, aloof handyman. Since his wife’s murder five years ago, former homicide detective Reed Kimball just wants to be left alone. But the local police chief needs Reed’s help with a bizarre murder and its ancient Celtic connections. Reed is bowled over by his attraction to the lovely, inquisitive photographer — and his need to protect her after she is attacked. But when Jayne and Reed are isolated by a blizzard, temptation isn’t the only peril they must face. (MONTLAKE, Aug., 300 pp., $12.95)