cover image Tempest


Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. Riptide (, $16.99 trade paper (205p) ISBN 978-1-62649-224-0

It takes a little effort to get involved in Henry and Rock’s third Playing the Fool romantic mystery (after The Merchant of Death). If con man Henry Page can be honest with FBI Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness about, well, anything, maybe Mac can break FBI rule #1 and let himself fall in love with a witness. In fact, he has already pretty much fallen for this criminal with a messy past. When someone leaks false intel to Mac’s boss, ending Mac’s career, he goes on the run with Henry and Henry’s twin sister, Viola, until they can sort out the mess. Sadly, what might have been a wry romantic suspense thriller comes across as a disjointed novel-by-committee. (Mar.)