Putnam, Jan 2002, 23.95, 336 pp.
The once beautiful and vibrant Meredith Spooner is dead and her closest confidant Leonora Hutton cleans out the deceased's apartment when Thomas Walker arrives. He informs Leonora that Meredith stole 1.5 million from the college alumni fund that his brother manages.
Leonora tries to ignore Thomas' threats to implicate her as an accomplice of Meredith if she fails to help him. However, Meredith eerily contacts Leonora, informing her where the loot is, but that the deceased worried about something she learned. Leonora offers to return the cash if Thomas helps her investigate Meredith's “accident”. However, Leonora will soon hit the highest and lowest points of her life as she will find love at about the same time that someone tries to kill her.
Jayne Ann Krentz has written a fine romantic suspense novel starring two quirky lead characters that endear themselves to the audience. The fast-paced action works because the secondary cast adds the needed depth to turn this multi-faceted story line into a realistic endeavor. . SMOKE IN MIRROR is Ms. Krentz at her most romantic and suspenseful best.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner