Lucia Sullivan wants to teach her grandsons Nick and Sean a lesson. She stages her own murder and hopes that Nick will handle it responsibly.

But Nick runs again, seeking help from a woman hes left twice before, Philippa Coxwell. She feels compelled to help and yet her sense of adventure cant prepare her for Lucia Sullivans ghost. Nor for being accused of assaulting Nicks kindly grandmother with intent to commit murder.

As in The Moonstone, Ms. Cross demonstrates her elegant flair for drawing the reader into characters and story. Compliments to Crosss handling of viewpoint, plot twists and piquant humor. (Nov., 326 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger