Keely Schiffer is spooked when she discovers a skull in her garden. After the recent death of her philandering husband, she realizes he might have been involved in something worse than chasing women. Meeting her prickly new tenant Jake Malloy doesn't make her feel better. As if things couldn't get any worse, a major earthquake devastates Keely's home and the two are stuck together. How quickly feelings can change! Any story that opens with the line "There was
a skull in her rose bed," has to be full of intriguing possibilities and Suzanne McMinn's Secrets Rising (3) is. While Keely and Jake make an appealing couple, there is so much happening in this shorter than usual story, that parts of the action feel underdeveloped.