June 14, 1999 12:00 PM

by Jane Heller

Beach book of the week

If you’ve ever wanted to kill your sister, this is the novel for you. At 43 and 45, Deborah and Sharon Peltz ought to have outgrown petty bickering. But for the thrice-divorced Sharon, a wedding planner, and her never-married younger sister, a TV soap opera writer having a midlife crisis, contempt would represent a step forward in their relationship. “If my sister were my husband, I’d divorce her,” Deborah says. But they’re thrown together when their mother has a heart attack in her Stuart, Fla., home, and then—surprise—both sisters fall for Mom’s cardiologist, a Porsche-driving stud-muffin. When he gets murdered the sisters become prime suspects. Deborah buckles down and tries to solve the crime herself; Sharon, meanwhile, sees good fortune in finding a suntanned (and single) defense attorney who, she hopes, will clear her name—and maybe even change it.

Heller, a South Florida author (Infernal Affairs, Princess Charming) with a breezy, lighthearted touch and ironic sense of humor, has concocted another delightful summer read—just the book to pass on to anyone’s sis when you finish. (St. Martin’s, $23.95)

Bottom Line: You’ll be shaking the sand out of this one

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