Originally released as an e-book titled Pig in a Park and now available in hardcover, this adventurous romp is a 14-karat gem.

Illustrator/writer Isabel Stanley is convinced she never would have gotten mixed up in the first murder if Mrs. Macphearson hadn't caught the flu. After filling in at her church for the keyboardist, Isabel winds up in an unfamiliar part of town. Suddenly, bullets start flying and a man dives through the sun roof of her twin sister's Mercedes. By the time Isabel and her mystery man escape from their attackers, the car is a shambles.

Isabel figures the hospital is the first place the bad guys will look for her wounded mystery man, so she takes him to her vet. Having survived the shoot-out and treatment by an animal doctor, CIA Agent Kelvin Kapone cant afford to be distracted by the surprising Isabel. But when she finds another body and the police haul her in for questioning, Kelvin decides he needs to keep a close eye on her.

Isabel has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When a man does his best to eliminate Isabel permanently, she foils him with a glue gun. Kelvin suspects that someone believes Isabel knows more than she does. Unfortunately, none of the facts add up in this bizarre case.

Pauline Baird Jones is a remarkable new talent and her hilarious novel, THE SPY WHO KISSED ME is spectacular. Ms. Jones is a vastly amusing author with a terrific career on the horizon. (Apr., 209 pp, $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith