Chelsea Cassidy needed a change in her very predictable life, and the opportunity to write the biography of Roxanne Scarbrough, the southern Martha Stewart, was a chance in a million. What she hadn't counted on was meeting the one man from her past who had thrilled her beyond belief, and left her after college, Cash Beaudine.
When her personal life in New York falls apart, the job in Raintree, Georgia, and the time with Cash look even better. The project with Roxanne, however, is a challenge as Chelsea discovers what you see is not always what you get. Ms. Scarbrough is willing to tell her story as long as there are no questions to go along with it. When a series of strange accidents begin, it seems someone else is determined to discover the truth as well.
Ms. Ross has created wonderful characters in SOUTHERN COMFORTS, but the pacing of the story is somewhat slow and the mystery could have been stronger. (Sept., 408 pp., $5.99)