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Librarian Destiny Millbrook and detective Daniel Parks, from Dangerous Moonlight (2002), are back for their second adventure in small-town northern California. Pendergrass has crafted an entertaining romantic mystery that starts with the murder of a politician's daughter and the arrest of a boy Daniel isn't convinced is guilty and leads to an exciting climax in the library. The endearing characters include Destiny's 12-year-old niece, Sarah, and dog Fleur. Sarah becomes involved when she ditches school and, while hiding out at Destiny's house, ends up capturing an intruder who turns out to be Destiny's old flame. Even though they are caught up in deadly events, the characters do realistic things--like reading! They even use newspapers on microfiche in the library to look for clues, and Sarah's attempts to spy on suspects and the results are entirely believable. Pendergrass' cozy romantic mystery will have wide appeal. Diana Tixier Herald
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