Waldo Bowman storms into the offices of The Avon Journal, determined to force the broadsheet's publisher to retract statements she's made about his lifestyle.
Jolie Chesney has run the paper since her husband's death. She's proud of her work and that of her star reporter, the infamous Lady Tellall, who's also her best friend Chloe. Chloe's London gossip column has helped double the Stratford-Upon-Avon newspaper's circulation. Jo has no use for the man described as a rake of the highest order.
However, when Chloe goes missing, Jo turns to Waldo; she needs his connections with the Special Branch and its investigative network to find Chloe and save her life. A celebrated war hero, confirmed bachelor and rogue, Waldo cannot believe he is attracted to the feisty, opinionated Jo, but the fire that sparks between them is undeniable. As they investigate Chloe's disappearance, they risk their lives and their hearts.
Lively, brimming with marvelous dialogue, wit, wisdom and a pair of delightful lovers, Shady Lady is a joy. Even though this appears to be a lighthearted mystery, the underlying message of family ties added depth, and the delightful quotes from Shakespeare contribute another layer of thought-provoking themes. A book to treasure! SENSUAL (Feb., 416 pp., $6.50)