Miriame is a thief, not a murderer. When she sees a young man assaulted and left for dead she takes him to an inn— but she has no compunctions about stealing his possessions and identity. Miriame disguises herself as Jean-Paul Metin and takes a commission in the King's Musketeers.

All goes well. She even finds herself among two other women disguised as the king's guards. Miriame feels secure until the real Jean-Paul arrives to take his place as a musketeer. Now her charade leads to a dangerous passion. Miriame and Jean-Paul are caught in the Cardinal's plan to trap and ruin the king's mistress.

Silver's characters race through a plot worthy of a Shakespearean comedy as their deceptions lead to one reckless situation after another. This final volume of Silver's trilogy is a highly entertaining swashbuckler. SENSUAL (Mar., 320 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin