Love Spell, Oct 2002, 5.99, 368 pp.
In the middle of the night, Cary Mitchell flees Charleston to obtain help from his twin brother Grant better known as “Mitch”. Cary owes bookie Flash Gorman twenty grand that if he does not pay now will lead to broken kneecaps. Cary also mentions that he has stolen from the till of a bar filled with dirty money to pay off some of the debt. What he fails to tell his sibling, an Atlanta cop, is that the reason he fled town is that Flash expects Cary to pay his tab by breaking the kneecaps of other clients behind in their remittance.
Mitch decides that the best course of action is to hand Flash over to the police so when Cary refuses to play, Mitch offers to go undercover as Cary in a BAIT AND SWITCH operation. The first problem surfaces when Cary's girlfriend Peyton McDowell, daughter of a DA, arrives yelling at the switched Mitch. Others surface, but as he tries to solve his brother's problems, nothing goes right especially when it comes to Peyton because he begins falling in love with his sibling's girlfriend.
Siblings switching places is a theme that is as old as the Old Testament yet Darlene Gardner keeps her story line fresh by enabling the readers to distinguish between the twins because their personalities remain in tact. This especially occurs with Peyton confused by Mitch's change in behavior and attitude. Thus amusing situations arise, as nothing is smooth as expected with a long-term identity exchange. The BAIT AND SWITCH of Mitch and Cary leads to a fun frolic for readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner