Retired schoolteacher Dorothy Martin gets called in to substitute when another teacher goes missing. Before Dorothy can make sense of Amanda Doyle's disappearance, though, she suddenly reappears with no explanation for her absence.

It becomes very clear the Amanda is in desperate need of Dorothy's help when three days later, on Thanksgiving, she's arrested for her husband's murder. Dorothy is asked to care for her daughter and learns that nobody connected to the murder is innocent. But who is guilty?

Dorothy and her constable husband keep the adventures local this time. I found Amanda unsympathetic, but Dorothy's compassion and charm made up for that shortcoming. (Jan., 264 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer