Picks and Pans Review: Amanda

updated 01/08/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/08/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Kay Hooper

As a romance writer, Hooper has nothing to prove: She has written 57 paperback titles and has 4 million copies total in print. Her hardcover debut—billed as "gothic suspense" by its publisher—is another matter.

Amanda Daulton, taken away by her mother from her rich southern family in childhood, returns to Glory (yes, that would be the family mansion), conveniently, as her grandfather is dying. But is she the real Amanda? The family lawyer has doubts—which doesn't keep him from hopping into bed with Amanda. Meanwhile, back at the stables, two other couples are passionately entwined. And the housekeeper has the hots for Grandpa!

By the time the mystery is resolved, the place makes Southfork look like a convent. Amanda might keep you up late—but you'll hate yourself in the morning. (Bantam, $19.95)

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