Augusta Goodnight is back for her fifth outing as a guardian angel, and this time she has her hands full. She arrives at Lucy Van Pilgrim's house just in time to help Lucy figure out a conundrum.

Lucy gets a visit from Shirley, an old woman who acts like a child. Lucy realizes that Shirley might be the little girl who disappeared from the area many years ago, but before she can check out her theory, Shirley is gone, and Lucy learns that she's been murdered. The police believe it was a simple mugging; since there have recently been other violent murders in the area, Lucy is suspicious. It's up to her and Augusta to figure out old secrets and new lies.

Augusta Goodnight is always a pleas-ant character to spend time with. The strongest element in this story, however, is Lucy. Her perseverance and loyalty make her irresistible. Unfortunately, the book starts off a little slow and it takes a couple of chapters for it to pick up. Still, this is a fun read. (Mar., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer