Bantam, Nov 2001, 5,50, 406 pp.
After being murdered in Denver, drop dead gorgeous Lydia Keane learns that she is not yet heaven bound because she failed to take life seriously. Instead Stanley, agent of the Powers To Be, assigns Lydia the job of matchmaking as she recently did for her best friend, Amy Cameron. The cosmic joke of returning to earth as a dog again takes much of the bite out of Lydia's second engagement.
This time she must help wedding consultant Josephine “Joey” Cole find an ideal mate. Joey is arranging the ceremony between Alicia Sommers and the law enforcement official that saved the bride's life Ben Ramsey. Lydia as Piggy the Corgi canine decides that Joey and Ben belong together even if both deny the attraction. However, the situation turns dangerous as someone stalks the bride adding extra work for Lydia if she is to succeed in her second matchmaking endeavor.
The sequel to the whimsical FINDING MR. RIGHT, DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF is an engaging paranormal romantic suspense. The story line is fun when the amusing Piggy takes center stage. However, the subplot involving the dangerous stalker is exciting, but takes away from a facetious prime plot. Lydia remains delightfully incorrigible as her capricious outlook on life and the afterlife makes her a modern day Holly Golightly. Emily Carmichael has the right ruff with this series and hopefully the author provides a heavenly romantic tale between the fluffy Lydia and Stan the man (or whatever).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner