Stargazing If you're ready to explore fresh terrain in historical romance, you owe yourself The Stargazer (Pocket, $18, 0671027395), the first novel of Renaissance Ph.

D. scholar Michele Jaffe. Stargazer has the power to stir the romance realm as did Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Bianca Salva and aristocrat Ian Foscari meet over the murdered body of a Venetian courtesan, and each suspects the other of the crime. So independent Bianca is stunned that Ian proposes a marital arrangement. Bianca complicates matters by refusing to give up her doctoring practices. Powerful enemies of the Foscari family are willing to resort to every means possible to destroy Ian, both personally and in business no less than one would expect from the land of Machiavelli and the Borgias.

Redolent with the sensuality and mystery of Venice, Jaffe delivers a page-turner that will keep you burning long into the night.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at

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