Joy Starr, Southern belle and aspiring mystery writer, heads to Florida looking for her missing roommate. Her brother's best friend, Scott Cavanaugh, deputy sheriff and fishing boat captain, agrees to help but soon realizes she's a handful. No matter what the evidence seems to say, Joy knows her friend's in trouble and is determined to rescue her, even if she places herself in danger. In An Order of Protection (4.5 ), Kathleen Creighton has created a vivid, quirky heroine who both infuriates and inflames Scott, determined as she is to trust her instincts and take care of herself. Scott's teenage son is well drawn, walking the fine line between touching and annoying. With main characters in their 40s and a memorable, offbeat heroine, readers get a story that balances fun and serious, emotional issues.
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor