When Roberta Jones Spivey's husband of 15 years leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she quits her job, dyes her hair, changes her name to Bobbie and moves to a small California town to show her soon- to-be ex what he's giving up.

The mysterious Nick Angel lives across the street from Bobbie. The town gossips claim he's a serial killer, a former porn star or, at the very least, a dangerous bad boy. Bobbie is told to avoid him, but she thinks he's just the kind of man she needs to complete her new image.

Skully's novel is a triumph. It's fabulously funny, with top-notch dialogue, terrific pacing and witty and compelling characters. The suspense element is well structured, and the love scenes are undeniably steamy! (Jan., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel