Lorelei Ingels was Miss Popularity. A member of the high school "in crowd," the pretty cheerleader seemed to have it all. She also had a world-class enemy, for someone has killed the golden girl.

High school psychologist Skye Denison, who discovered the body, offers grief counseling to the student body, but no one seems to be grieving. Instead, the general feeling is "she got what she deserved." Naturally, this arouses Skye's curiosity andmuch to dismay of maddening police chief Wally Boydshe does a little first-class sleuthing.

She learns that not only was Lorelei universally loathed, she was keeping secrets of her own, as were her parents. With almost the entire high school population as suspects, Skye, not to mention Wally, have their work cut out for them.

Fast paced and lively, MURDER OF A SLEEPING BEAUTY is an intriguing tale that makes excellent use of the high school setting. Ms. Swanson does a first-rate job of chronicling the serious pressures today's teens feel, lightening the mood with fine touches of humor. (Apr., 272 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg