The second in Baxter's Reigning Cats & Dogs series is set in the "Bramptons," a sparkling summer playground for the rich and famous. Long Island vet Jessica Popper is as determined and resourceful as ever, and her canine partners in crime-solving add tail-wagging humor.

During a fund-raising weekend, a hated photographer is killed when a gigantic ice sculpture falls on him. The police think it's an accident, but intrepid Jessica soon discovers that it was murder. Jessica, who mans an "ask the vet" booth during one of the weekend events, has plenty of free time to investigate the many people who had motives for wanting the victim dead.

Baxter excels at the telling detail: Her dogs wake up in the morning as if they've "already hit the espresso pot," and a scene with Jessica dancing with the movie heartthrob of the moment is so real it offers a vicarious fantasy. (Sep., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison