The vision of her cousin Mary's death in the cold seas off Dartmouth sends Cassie Andrews to Killdaren to uncover the truth behind the "accident." Disguised as a chambermaid, Cassie searches for clues to Mary's disappearance and encounters the estate's owner, Sean Killdaren.

Although Cassie finds Sean puzzling and there are whispered rumors of a curse -- describing how he and his twin brother are destined to kill one another -- there is an immediate affinity between them.

Cassie's search brings no answers, just more questions about Sean, the curse, his brother, why Sean collects books on vampires and a temptation to fall in love with a man she can never trust.

St. Giles intuitively senses how to lure readers into her story and her characters' lives. Simultaneously building suspense and passion, she brings the classic gothic to a new, sensual level without missing a step, combining dark atmosphere and the twisted plot of a great mystery. She hooks you and never lets go. SENSUAL (May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin