cover image The Charmers

The Charmers

Elizabeth Adler. Minotaur, $26.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-250-05819-5

Romantic suspense author Mirabella Matthews, the heroine of this enticing romantic suspense novel from bestseller Adler (One Way or Another), travels to the south of France to take possession of Villa Romantica, bequeathed to her by an aunt who was murdered by a still unknown assailant. On the train, Mirabella befriends Verity Real, who’s escaping her cheating husband. In Antibes, Mirabella survives two attempts on her life unscathed, and she and Verity meet three men: a celebrity billionaire known as the Boss, the source of whose wealth is a complete mystery; Chad Prescott, an international plastic surgeon, who devotes his life to operating on needy children and claims Villa Romantica was willed to him; and Col. Rufus Barrada, the detective who’s investigating the murder attempts on Mirabella. Mirabella doesn’t know which, if any, of the charmers to trust, especially since one might be the person trying to kill her. Adler keeps the frothy plot bubbling all the way to the predictable fairy-tale ending. [em]Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (June) [/em]