[Note from Christa: As one who buys the newspaper just for the crossword puzzles, I was intrigued by Gayle Roper using them to drop clues. Also, a bit relieved that someone’s life doesn’t hang in the balance if I can’t figure out the seven-letter word for igneous rock. What really “sold” me was Libby Keating’s comment about her daughter, Chloe, having a “thirteen-year-old hissy fit.” Now this, I thought, is a writer with honest characters.
And just because Gayle generously includes the solved puzzles at the end of the book, that’s not a license for cheating! WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF FATAL DEDUCTION. Leave a comment below or the seven-letter word I’m looking for! Please be sure to leave an email address so that I contact you.]
Libby Burton longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella’s old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn’t looking good so far.
First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously—in spite of the dead man who delivers it.
Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, if only she can solve the puzzle before it’s too late.
Gayle Roper has been writing mystery and romantic suspense novels for more than thirty years and is the author of over forty-five books. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist, the winner of three Holt Medallions, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine. Her novel Autumn Dreams won Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She and her husband, Chuck, divide their time between Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.