After filling in at her church for an ailing keyboardist, illustrator/ writer Isabel Stanley winds up in an unfamiliar part of town. Suddenly bullets start flying and a man dives through the sun roof of her twin sisters Mercedes. Isabel figures the hospital is the first place the "bad" guys will look for the wounded man, so she takes him to her vet. Having survived the shoot-out, CIA Agent Kelvin Kapone cant afford to be distracted by the surprising Isabel. However, when she stumbles across another body and the police haul her in for questioning, Kelvin decides he needs to keep an eye on her.

When someone tries to eliminate Isabel, she foils him with a glue gun. Somebody clearly believes Isabel knows more than she does. None of the facts seem to add up in this bizarre case. Kelvin had better figure it out before Isabel gets killed or her mother marries her off to the local minister.

Hard Shell Word Factory (www.hardshell.com) launches a remarkable new talent, as Pauline Baird Jones and her hilarious novel PIG IN A PARK make their debut. Written in first person, this adventurous romp is a 14 karat gem, and I for one would love to see more from this vastly amusing author. (Nov., 209 pp., $4.99, http://www.hardshell.com)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith