Veteran romance author Brenda Joyce once again ventures into the sub genre of romantic suspense with stunning results. Claire Hayden's life seems perfect on the surface-a beautiful home in San Francisco with a ten-year marriage to David, a handsome attorney. But their marriage isn't exactly happily-ever-after, and when David is found murdered at his fortieth birthday party, Claire is consumed with guilt and despair.
After discovering that David's business associate, Ian Marshall, isn't who he seems to be, Claire demands answers. Ian isn't just a business associate-he works for the Bergman Holocaust Research Center and hunts Nazis. At present, he is searching for Lionel Elgin, a British man who was a Nazi spy. As Elgin is top on the list of suspects in David's murder, Claire needs answers and finds herself in the thick of things. Why was David involved with a Nazi fugitive, and why was he killed with a WWII antique knife?
Claire seeks to find answers as she accompanies a reluctant Ian as he searches for Elgin. And when the two find themselves in danger from an assassin as well as their attraction for each other, the pages really begin to heat up. But with their newfound love, Claire is still unable to totally trust Ian as Claire's father is at the top of Ian's list as the true Lionel Elgin.
While the romance between Ian and Claire is a little precipitous, their newfound attraction for each other adds spice to this read. With the mystery as the prime focus, the novel shines brightly, especially with the chapters referencing the long ago incidents in WWII England, shedding light on the present mystery. A sure winner, this one will captivate the mystery reader who enjoys the splash of romance.