Berkley, July 2002, 22.95, 320 pp.
After years of study and working hard, Sculptor Maggie Kean is finally having a showing at the prestigious opening The Outlook. Her significant other, homicide detective Sam Villari is accompanying her, much to her chagrin because she doesn't want to feel too much for him or any man, but the police officer is nothing if persistent. The gallery's manager wants Maggie to mingle but instead she escapes with a potential buyer to the studio.
When they reach the area of the kiln and see that it is on, Maggie peeks in and sees a charbroiled body. The showing comes to a complete halt and the Gallery is sealed off. Maggie, who has a way of sniffing out clues that puts the police to shame, goes into sleuth mode and despite the warnings of Villari, does her level best to find out the identity of the killer.
AN OPENING FOR MURDER is as much a romance as it is a mystery as there are some very sensual love scenes as well as a well crafted who-done-it. The various sub-plots tie seamlessly into the main story line. The protagonist has enough free flying neurons to keep a psychiatrist happy for decades but readers will adore her anyway.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner