Mira, Nov 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
In the Corpus Christie area, personal injury attorney Joe Campbell takes a deposition from realtor Hannah Smith. Though he goes after her with a vengeance for his clients the O'Connors, who insist mold was in the house, he finds himself dreaming of making to love her too. Hannah attacks back calling him names and accusing his client of causing the mold problem. When he threatens to dig into her background, Hannah panics.
Hannah fears that her former husband Sir Dominic Phillips will find her and their daughter Georgia. She fled his abuse taking their child with her. However, Dominic already knows where Hannah lives and works; he vows that no one walks out on him. As Hannah and Joe become acquainted with one another via the lawsuit, they begin to see a deeper caring individual radically different then their first impression. They fall in love, but both have ghosts to overcome, hers being life threatening.
THE HOT LADIES MURDER CLUB is an exciting romantic suspense tale though the final twist feels off kilter. The story line is fast paced as Joe and Hannah combat one another before falling in love. The club formed by the four ladies is reminiscent of a gender bending view of the court room scene of How to Murder Your Wife. Anne Major lives up to her surname as a key sub-genre writer with this exhilarating story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner