After leaving a holiday party, cartoonist Zoe Foster finds a woman's body in a nearby alley. But when the police arrive, there's no trace of the corpse. Certain the police won't investigate, since there's no evidence of a crime, Zoe features the story in her popular comic strip.

Soon, she learns that the deceased was Lola Malone, a singer employed by Zoe's ex-husband, Rick Vaughn. When Zoe visits Rick's nightclub, she's not thrilled with his attitude--or the sparks still flying between them. But the ex-military man is handy to have around when the going gets tough, and Zoe's forced to depend on Rick when it becomes clear that Lola's killer has taken exception to her amateur sleuthing.

This novel's breakneck pace and multilayered plot will keep readers turning the pages, but it's the humor and guts of the characters and the sucker-punch ending that will have them looking for Heggan's future titles. This book is great fun. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer