by Barbara SamuelAugust, 2006
Virginia Kantra is well known to readers of her highly acclaimed Intimate Moments novels. Home Before Midnight, which follows the 2006 RITA award finalist Close Up, illustrates exactly why she's such a reader favorite. Bailey Wells has a not-very-well-hidden crush on her employer, married true-crime writer Paul Ellis. When his wife, a Southern socialite known to drink a bit too much, is found dead in her swimming pool, Bailey can't avoid the suspicion of police detective Steve Burke, who has a broken heart he can't quite mend, nor can she avoid being drawn to the handsome officer. As the pair fights their growing attraction, it becomes plain the investigation is stirring up dangerous secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect. Kantra is a sensitive writer with a warm sense of humor, a fine sense of sexual tension and an unerring sense of place. Barbara Samuel's latest book is Madame Mirabou's School of Love.