Cresswell winds up her Raven trilogy with characteristic flourish. This is a cracking good yarn, spiced liberally
with sensuality and humor.
With the disappearance and murder of her father, Ron Raven, no longer a hot media topic, pastry chef Kate Fairfax's life has returned to some semblance of normalcy. But a phone call to her mother from her former lover, chef/restaurateur Luke Savarini, changes all that. Luke's convinced that he spotted Ron in a Chicago restaurant, but the investigator he engaged didn't turn up much. Kate's skeptical but agrees to talk to Luke. He's very persuasive, and eventually Kate is forced to accept the possibility that her father is still alive. But learning the truth, one way or the other, is a dangerous proposition. Someone wants the world to believe Ron's dead -- and they're willing to kill to make sure it happens. (MIRA, Nov., 400 pp., $6.99)