by Amanda Quick
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Charlotte Arkendale was quite sure she knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a highly lucrative career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. But nothing in Charlotte's considerable experience had prepared her for the arresting stranger who appeared on her doorstep to apply for the position of her new man-of-affairs.He claimed to be a respectable gentleman - discreet, unassuming, ordinary to the point of being dull. Yet something about the set of Mr. St. Ives's broad shoulders and the unrelenting determination that smoldered in the depths of his amber eyes warned Charlotte to be wary. For the strong-minded beauty was already embroiled in a wealth of danger.Two months earlier, Miss Drusilla Heskett had become on of Charlotte's clients. Now the woman was dead, murdered in her own home, and Charlotte feared that the killer may have been one of the suitors she herself had advised Miss Heskett to reject. Still, with the right man by her side, Charlotte was certain she could uncover the truth and bring Drusilla's killer to justice. But was the enigmatic St. Ives Mr. Right...or Mr. Wrong?
The unabridged Recorded Books version narrated by Barbara Rosenblat is divine. The unabridged Books on Tape version narrated by Mary Peiffer is passable. It's already a short book - why abridge? GET THE RECORDED BOOKS VERSION by any means necessary! This is a fun, lighthearted book with some steamy scenes and a thin but relatively entertaining mystery plot. The hero and heroine have some terrific chemistry - but it's likely to suffer a lot in a three-hour abridged version. Yuck.