Well-known for her series featuring New York police detective April Woo, Glass ventures into new territory with her latest novel, a sometimes-humorous look at a woman whose husband has been cheating on her for years.

Fiftysomething Cassandra Sales decides to have a complete face-lift while husband Mitch is in Paris on a business trip. Imagine her surprise when he returns early—and she has just been released from the hospital bearing the battle scars of surgery. At the sight of her wearing the expensive pajamas he had planned to give his lover, Mona, Mitch keels over and hits his head on a table, sending him into a coma.

While Mitch is in near-vegetative state, Cassie and her grown children, Marsha and Teddy, make some interesting discoveries about Mitch's wine-importing business. Cassie discovers charges on credit cards in her name, of which she had no knowledge. And when she realizes that Mitch's business associate, Mona, has been the object of his affection for years, Cassie is determined to exact her revenge.

But how do you get revenge on a comatose spouse who doesn't even flinch when accused of infidelity? Hilarity ensues when Cassie's aunt Edith creates further mayhem by calling the cops when IRS agent Charlie Schwab appears on the scene. The dire nature of the IRS investigation, in which Cassie gets ensconced, is underscored by the quirkiness of the characters and Cassie's burgeoning relationship with the attractive revenue agent. This crafty mix of humor and suspense is a breath of fresh air in the genre. (Mar., 336 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick