Rimmer's enjoyable tale of intrigue
and romance is set in small-town Oklahoma. While the pacing is slow, the characters' behavior a tad undermotivated and the conflict between
the leads minimal, the hero and heroine are likable, and the chemistry between them is strong.

When oft-married ladies' man Ralphie Styles ticks off one person too many, he winds up dead in a hit-and-run, leaving the solution of the crime to his best friend and one of his ex-wives. Phoebe Jacks is Ralphie's first ex-wife, a former country singer who's now a bar owner. Phoebe never lost her affection for Ralphie, despite the fact that he married -- and divorced -- her two best friends after their relationship ended. She's even good friends with his latest wife, now a widow, and refuses to consider the pregnant young woman a suspect in Ralphie's murder.

Rio Navarro is not nearly so trusting. As a P.I. from out of state and one of Ralphie's longtime friends, he rides into town on his Harley looking for answers. What he finds leads him into physical and emotional danger. Ralphie once told him about Phoebe's allure, but Rio didn't expect to be so taken with her. Now he has to solve the mystery of his buddy's death before the killer claims another life: Phoebe's or his own. (HQN, Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel