The only person mourning the sudden death of con artist and embezzler Meredith Spooner is librarian Leonora Hutton. Thomas Walker is busy trying to recover the money Meredith stole from his deceased sister-in-law's foundation, the Bethany Walker Endowment Fund. If he can't, his brother Deke's future will look grim.

While she has no doubt that Meredith probably did steal the missing funds, Leonora isn't inclined to help Thomas's search. That is, until she receives a disturbing note from beyond the grave that makes it clear Meredith's death was no accident. The note instructs Leonora to contact Thomas and Deke Walker and ask for their help.

Both Meredith and Bethany Walker died suddenly, and Deke has always suspected that his wife was murdered. How do the mysterious deaths of a brilliant mathematician and a con artist who never met connect?

Like a great dessert that you want to savor, a Jayne Ann Krentz book is always a satisfying indulgence. SMOKE IN MIRRORS, a top pick in hardcover, combines all the humor, sexual tension and mystery a reader could want. (Nov., 336 pp., $7.99) Hardcover published January 2002.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith