February 03, 2003 12:00 PM

by Jayne Ann Krentz

A heroine in distress and a good-hearted P.I. make for campy fun in Krentz’s soapy melodrama.

When interior designer (and psychic) Zoe Luce suspects one of her clients of murdering his wife, she hires sexy but struggling P.I. Ethan Truax to look into it. He gets repeat business after Zoe receives a blackmail note threatening to reveal her troubled past. Can love be far behind? Krentz crams her plot with secret identities, false imprisonment and ESP. Give her points, though, for making the ridiculous seem plausible. (Putnam, $24.95)

BOTTOM LINE: Pleasing potboiler

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