Mira, Nov 2001, 22.95, 300 pp.
Life looks good to Sally Harrington as she now works for DBS News in Manhattan even though she is the key witness at Los Angels' high viz “The Mafia Boss Murder” trial. Sally's boss Alexandra Waring takes her off everything and assigns her to investigate her old mob pals, Presario-Arlenetta, so the show can produce a special. Choosing between mobsters whom she previously alienated and who almost killed her and advancement in the TV news world, Sally selects her career over safety.
Perhaps if she knew what would happen when she agreed to hit New Jersey instead of Atlanta, Sally would have begged off the report. Soon a corpse is found in her trunk and someone tries to kill her. Fighting off males like her former boyfriend and her dazed intern just complicates life, but Sally continues to do what she believes is right even with in your face threats telling her to back off this case.
The latest Sally Harrington romantic suspense thriller (see EXPOSE and THE LAST LOVER) is an entertaining tale that readers will fully enjoy because of the lead character. Sally's narration livens up a powerful story line. The support cast, which includes those at the TV, shows, the mob, and those people in her personal life (especially her dog) enable the audience to understand Sally while also propelling the yarn forward. TROUBLE BECOMES HER is a strong entry in a top series that should make Laura Van Wormer a household name for those fans who cherish a keen story starring a intelligent heroine.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner