St. Martin's Press, Nov 2004, 23.95, 272 pp.
Arizona victims advocate Chloe Newcombe hires carpenter Terry Barnett to build a bookcase for her. With her former lover somewhere south of the equator, Chloe finds the charming Terry quite attractive and ponders a fling with him. Several observers watch her flirt outrageously with Terry, but the affair ends before it starts when he calmly mentions his artist spouse Heather; Chloe rejects the idea as not worth the complication.
Not long afterward, someone murders Terry. Heather and Cloe are considered suspects by a man named Detective Flynn. Chloe begins investigating. She quickly learns how Terry's brother had a falling out over twenty years ago.
The who-done-it is a well written combination amateur sleuth (in some ways competing sleuths between Fred and Chloe) and police procedural.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner