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The return of Los Angeles-based PI Regan Reilly, after her debut in Decked , is amusing but lightweight fare--more confection than main course. In Miami for a friend's wedding, Regan acquires a new friend in the bride's uncle, Richie Blossom, who has invented ``run-proof, snag-proof'' pantyhose. If Richie can sell his patent to a manufacturer, he'll have the funds to buy the retirement home where he and his friends live. A year earlier, the residents acquired an option on the home from Dolly Twiggs before she died under suspicious circumstances; now the option is about to expire, and if Richie's endeavor fails, the extremely valuable property goes on the open market. Meanwhile Ruth Craddock of Calla-Lilly Hosiery, who has her hands on a pair of the prototype pantyhose, realizes that Richie's invention could put her out of business. When an aggressive driver nearly mows Richie down, Regan appoints herself his protector and determines to learn more about what happened to Dolly. Although Regan gets the job done and is generally pleasant company, her gripes about such trivial matters such as hotel-room hangers and health-food aficionados occasionally make her seem a whiny sort of lass. Author tour. (July)

Clark, daughter of suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, narrates this audiobook that features the second appearance of her detective, Regan Reilly. Reilly, visiting Miami for a friend's wedding, helps out her friend's uncle Richie Blossom, who has invented a new type of pantyhose that is durable beyond belief. The race is on to sell the rights to Blossom's hosiery in time to purchase the retirement home where he and his friends live. Soon, the lives of both Blossom and Reilly are threatened, as the inventor attempts to sell his creation to manufacturers at a pantyhose convention. This mystery is light and breezy, and the story moves along briskly as various characters maneuver to attain their goals. Clark has a fine talent for giving many of the characters distinctive voices, but her performance is marred in places by distracting pauses that break the flow of the narration. Recommended for popular fiction collections.-- Stacy Pober, Manhattan Coll. Libs., New York

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