Picks and Pans Review: Princess Charming

updated 06/02/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1997 01:00AM

by Jane Heller

Beach Book of the Week

THEY MET IN DIVORCE COURT, WHERE they were dumping their respective husbands. Now the best of friends, Elaine Zimmerman, Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky call themselves the Three Blond Mice and take yearly vacations together. On this year's itinerary: a weeklong cruise aboard the Princess Charming, where they hope to enjoy rest, relaxation and—who knows?—perhaps a little romance.

Their second night at sea, Zimmerman, a plucky but slightly paranoid PR executive, overhears snatches of a ship-to-shore call between an onboard hit man and someone who has hired the killer to murder his former wife. Is one of the Mice the intended victim? Is the hit man one of the trio's new male admirers, each of whom seems to have something to hide? Heller, herself a former PR exec, has created a seamless read that blends romance, mystery and wit. Though light on suspense—a veteran romance reader will have little doubt how the drama will be resolved—this Princess is a shipload of fun. (Kensington, $22)

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