SLEIGHT OF HAND
Wilhelm's latest Barbara Holloway tale has a very strong plot and a number of deeply affecting conflicts. It harkens back to the bygone days of crime fiction in tone, yet has a very modern sensibility that should appeal even to those unfamiliar with the series.
But Jay's wife is also found dead -- possibly a suicide -- and that alone sets off alarm bells for Barbara. Everything is not as it seems, and unraveling this convoluted case should be its own reward, but the reverse is true -- at least for Barbara. (Mira, Sep., 384 pp., $24.95)