by Merline Lovelace

June 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2181-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Cleo North is more than willing to accept another case working with Jack Donovan. Their assignment is to figure out who killed a U.S. tanker pilot in London. There is more to the case than Cleo knows, but as usual, Jack keeps her on a need to know basis. The biggest mystery surrounding the murder is that the gun used to shoot him, belonged to a service man that was killed during WWII.

It doesnít take much investigating to figure out the victim wasnít well loved and was involved in several less than legal activities. They follow the evidence and learn he was looking for a plane that had crashed into the English Channel. Each clue they unveil ends up leading them on a much more dangerous mission.

Lady Johanna Marston is the one who requested Cleo and Jackís help and she investigates the case as well. Sheís not quite certain what to think of Captain Sean Mulholland, the man in charge of helping them find the plane wreckage, and it is fun to watch their reactions to each other.

While working the case, Cleo and Jack also work on their relationship. Heís always been very tight lipped about his ex wife, and Cleo would like for him to open up to her. Jack has to deal with his own emotions, his guilt over his first wife and figure out if he and Cleo have a chance to make things work between them.

There is so much more going on in this book, but I canít go into details without giving away the story. As with her previous book, there are very entertaining secondary characters and stories. This book contains a bit more military/war information than the two previous books in the trilogy, but I didnít feel as if it bogged the story down overly much. The series ends with a very satisfactory conclusion, but Iím sad to see their story end nevertheless.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Jackie.

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