by Marianne Stillings

May 2005
ISBN: 0-06-073476-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Marianne Stillings second book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie started slow for me, but soon turned into a page turning read.

Evie Randallís childhood was as far from ideal as it could be. Raised by a single parent who was more concerned about her latest relationship than the safety and well being of her only child. Evie learned to protect herself early on, and to be wary of men who approached offering to ease her life.

Life changed dramatically for Evie when her mother died, and Thomas Heyworth entered her life. Evie, who never knew who her father was, believed to his dying day that Thomas was her biological father. Why else would he take her in, shelter her, love her, and give her an education which allowed her to grow into a strong independent adult?

Thomas is killed in his own home and the chance to find out if he fathered her could be lost forever. Heís left a rather unique will. Instead of just doling out his vast fortune heís designed a treasure hunt. One which the winner will not only get his fortune, but hopefully figure out who murdered Thomas.

There are to be three teams of two members each. Evie is paired with Max Galloway. Max also had a history with Heyworth. Unfortunately, one not as loving as the one that Evie and Thomas shared. Since the two men didnít get along and hated one another why has an invitation to participate been extended to him?

As the hunt proceeds the teams begin to bond in ways that are unexpected and danger lurks at every turn. It doesnít take much for the lines between good and evil to being to blur. Nor, does it take long for the line between love and hate to also change.

Donít let the slow start prevent you from reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie. Iím confident that you will soon enjoy the hunt for treasure, be it monetary or another kind, as I did.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Sandi.

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