Interior designer Erin Gilbert was dazzled by her beautiful, free-spending client and new friend, Laura Smith. Dazzled, that is, until she visits Laura's magnificent house and finds that the priceless antiques she painstakingly acquired at Laura's behest have been completely replaced with fakes! When Laura's explanations ring as false as the erstwhile Louis XVI foyer mirror, Erin begins investigating her friend's colorful life and times - and then gets interrupted by a murder.
As fate would have it, Erin has uncovered the same world-class scam artist who all but destroyed her handsome-but-embittered arch-rival, Steve Sullivan. While Sullivan aches for revenge, Erin wants answers - even while she juggles a sputtering romance, a burgeoning business and one very boorish client. For Erin, it's bad enough that bodies are being strewn in all the wrong places. It's even worse that one suspect perfectly fits each crime: Sullivan himself!
The next one's not due out until April 2006.
I'm currently reading Christopher Priest's The Extremes and #19 Amendment of Life by Catherine Aird.