Karen Harbaugh entertains us with a stylish romance spiced with a dashing note of danger.

It was a tragedy of the highest order. One moment her loving uncle was vibrantly alive, and the next moment dead in a driving accident.

All Miss Diana Carlyle has left of him is his racing curricle, bequeathed to her in the same will that urges her to marry the man who will be the new Earl of Brisbane. The title, however, has gone to an elegant and somewhat enigmatic stranger rather than to one of her two cousins. How can she put her heart in the care of a man she does not know?

Her choice becomes even more difficult when she discovers that her guardians death was probably not an accident after all. Who was desperate enough to commit murder, and why?

Ms. Harbaughs feisty heroine, appealing hero and expert plotting guarantee reader satisfaction in this adeptly crafted delight. (June, 215 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer