Avon, Aug 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In Madrid, Oklahoma, the four women have met once a week for several years at Piggy's Ice Cream Parlor. Thirty-six year old Uma Thornton is divorced and has lost a child to crib death. Shelly Craig was an unwed teenage mother refusing to divulge the identity of the father even years later. Successful Realtor Lauren Howard is married to a philandering indolent husband. Pearl Whitefield lacks a few electrons but thrives as “Mrs. Perfect”. Everything changes when a drive by shooting results in the murder of Lauren.
One year later the homicide remains unsolved and the three surviving females cope with their loss differently especially with Mitchell Warren returning to Madrid to reside in Lauren's home after an absence of almost two decades. Uma and Mitchell are attracted to one another and fall in love. Mitchell resolves to keep the woman who has filled his soul with joy safe and to protect her two friends as well from a killer who has murdered again.
Fans of romantic suspense will thoroughly enjoy Cait London's latest tale that focuses as much on the tension as on the two love stories. This makes for several subplots, which Ms. London effortlessly brings the various themes back into the prime plot though the climax wraps up everything to perfectly. The cast is strong and inviting while the identity of the killer is impossible to name. On top of that are two beautiful romances that lead to a pleasant time for the audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner