With Napoleon imprisoned on Elba, many British citizens feel it's safe to vacation in France. But the emperor has escape plans, and one-time spymaster Nathan Meyer is sent to escort Miss Diana Hart home.

Though the young lady is lovely, Nathan is far more intrigued by her mother, Abigail. Clever, astute Abigail instantly realizes that Nathan is not a banker. There's an air of danger and passion that surrounds him that no businessman would exude.

When Napoleon escapes, they are trapped in France, and Nathan seizes the opportunity to report Napoleon's movements to the British. Nathan, Abigail, Diana and his cousin roam the countryside, gathering information and courting danger. Nathan is struck by Abigail's courage. As they form an alliance to help the Crown, they also build the foundation of a passionate relationship.

In the fifth of the Meyer-Roth spy series, Abrams mixes period details (about both the Regency and British- Jewish subculture) into an adventurous, heart-stopping tale. With a mature couple and young lovers, this book has much to savor. SENSUAL (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin