From Publishers Weekly
Jenny Cain, altruistic, bright and rich, is about to marry her policeman-lover Geof Bushfield, when events in this sprightly and intriguing mystery make them pause before taking their final vows. An inexplicable rash of domestic violence has hit the small town of Port Frederick, Mass.three husbands in two weeks have been shot and killed by their battered wivesand Geof, depressed, is considering leaving the force, and is even having grave doubts about gettng married. Jenny (seen in Pickard's No Body et al) is more resolute and puts together a task force of social workers, psychologists, and doctors to pry into the cause of the alarming increase in family violence. She also decides to do some sleuthing on her own and turns up puzzling similarities in all the killings. All three women, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, vehemently deny killing their spouses. And in each case, the murder weapon is nowhere to be found. Jenny even begins to consider a conspiracy afoot against violent husbands. An energetic array of Jenny's friends and co-workers keep this novel a fine mix of romance, violence, and sleuthing moving at a fast clip.
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In the New England town of Port Frederick, there's an intense escalation of domestic violence that depresses and alarms rich, handsome policeman Geof Bushfield and his rich, beautiful civic-worker girlfriend Jenny Cain (No Body, 1986; etc.) As Geof and Jenny's wedding date draws near, abusing husbands Dick Hanks and Eddie McEachen are shot to death, their wives being the main suspects. Geof is threatening to leave the police force, and Jenny is drawn into the affairs of the safe house for endangered families run by tough Smithy Leigh. A third death, surprisingly close to home, takes place before the light - in the presence of a puzzling gun collection - dawns on Jenny and a fourth, totally innocent target is saved. The grim social-tract case-history background is barely camouflaged by the author's crisp, breezy style and the romantic byplay. Well plotted, mildly entertaining, and a bit of a downer. (Kirkus Reviews)