Avon, Oct 2004, 6.99, 304 pp.
Molly's husband ruined her sterling reputation by selling fake antiquities before leaving for parts unknown with his young bimbo leaving Molly Doyle financially ruined, She now runs her friend's antique shop in Carmel, California. She is recovering financially and making new friends when her sister Carrie whom she has not seen in fifteen years arrives with her twelve year old daughter Emma. Carrie is job hunting and asks Molly to watch Emma. Not long afterward, a letter given to Molly from Emma informs her that Carrie is leaving the country and wants Molly to raise Emma.
While Molly reels from her sister's callousness, she learns that her friend Trudy Collins did not die from a heart attack; instead she was murdered by someone who knew she was allergic to aspirin and hid a tablet in her soda at an antiques gala. While going through her pal's belongings, Molly realizes Trudy was selling fakes and Carrie was part of the operation. The more she digs, the more Molly comprehends her sister broke several laws and leaving the country was the only way to avoid arrest. Molly's snooping frightens the killer so much that he or she tries to murder her and her niece on a fog shrouded road.
Molly is a likable and intelligent heroine who falls in love with Emma from the moment they first meet and takes her home with her without a second thought.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner