THE UNDEAD NEXT DOOR
This entertaining story has a great sense of continuity, with frequent appearances by characters from previous books. The hero is sympathetic yet not pathetic, and the heroine is strong and independent. Her little girl adds nicely to the story. The bad guy is quite villainous, but there's enough humor and romance to keep the story from being too dark.
Heather is excited to be able
to view the famous designer Jean-Luc Echarpe's clothes in her own town. Caught sketching one of his dresses, she's shocked to meet the great man himself. But things take a turn for the worse when he's attacked and she tries to save him.
Mistaken by his attacker as Jean-Luc's latest love interest, Heather, her daughter and her housekeeper must submit to his protection. This leads to confrontations with her obnoxious ex and a shock when she discovers what Jean-Luc and his friends really are. (Avon, Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)