By Barbara Levenson

Oceanview Publishing, $22.95, 253 pages

Oooohhh. This is a book after my own heart. I could really get to like Mary Magruder Katz, an attorney in Miami. I mean, how often do you end up loving (literally) the guy who rear-ends your car when you’re innocently leaving the car-wash? But that’s how she meets Carlos Martin, a high-roller who just happens to need an attorney. And away we go into a whirlwind of activity, both in and out of the office, frequently involving both Mary and Carlos. Mary’s attorney brother recommends her to Lillian Yarmouth, one of his clients (he doesn’t do criminal defense) who is accused of having murdered her husband. After meeting Lillian, Mary thinks there’s something wrong somewhere. Being a curious person, Mary soon finds herself in all kinds of hot water, usually involving Carlos in some way. Then, Mary finds herself in court, facing an ethics charge brought by her former law partner and fiancé, a real dud, in my opinion. Fortunately, in addition to her own intelligence, Mary has good friends who can help her with all these problems. Luckily, there is at least one more book in this promising series. I’m hoping there’ll be many more.

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz