Picks and Pans Review: Hot Whodunnit

updated 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

>BITTER BUSINESS by Gini Hartzmark

SAVVY CHICAGO ATTORNEY Kate Millholland has handled her share of tough cases, but her latest is really murder. Hired by the Cavanaugh clan to help settle a feud that threatens the family chemical business, she all but trips over the body of a secretary. Days later, a second suspicious death puts her in the middle of a riddle—which she must solve quickly to avoid becoming an advocate-cadaver.

As readers of Hartzmark's previous pair of legal thrillers featuring Kate have come to expect, this appealing sleuth must juggle the investigation with her own eccentric family's conflicts and an increasingly complicated love life. For those just making Kate's acquaintance: You're in for a page-turner. (Fawcett Columbine, $21)

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