A vicious attack on Jane Grantham and her prize stallion has put everything she cares about in jeopardy. To save Grantham Acres, she needs the thoroughbred to race, but the assault has left him spooked. Horse whisperer Curran McKenna can help the stallion, but it's Jane who really needs to be gentled. Curran slowly brings the skittish Jane back to life, yet her enemy hovers nearby. Patricia Rosemoor's MYSTERIOUS STRANGER (4.5) has all the elements of a modern gothic romance—brave but wounded Jane, Curran with his Gaelic lilt and second sight, a love that caresses the soul, and a malevolent outsider.