RIGHT FROM THE GECKO
The latest book in Baxter's Reigning
Cats and Dogs series is a pleasant installment. Set in Hawaii, the
story brings the "aloha spirit" to
the reader with vivid scenery descriptions. Baxter's characters are realistic and likable, and animal lovers will enjoy cameo appearances by a variety of creatures.
Veterinarian Jessica Popper and her boyfriend, Nick Burby, arrive in Hawaii planning on some relaxation and romance while Jess attends a veterinary conference. Their peace is shattered when a reporter, a young woman with whom Jess had a chance meeting the day before, is found murdered. Jess, an amateur sleuth, soon becomes involved in the investigation. The stakes are high because someone wants to keep her from uncovering the motive behind the killing. (Bantam, Apr., 352 pp., $6.99)