It all begins when Maddie Faraday finds black crotchless panties in her husband Brent's car. He's already got a history of cheating, and Maddie is pretty damn sick of him (except for the part where he's her daughter's father, and their local reputations, she sounds delighted to have an excuse to get the hell out). But as it turns out, things are far, far worse than Brent just cheating again, It seems that Brent, the local golden boy, has been screwing a lot of people out of money. Soon Maddie's finding stashes of money and passports, and Brent smacks her when she confronts him, and everything is rapidly going to hell.
Coming to Maddie's rescue is C.L. Sturgis, the town "bad boy" back when they were in high school (Maddie lost her virginity to him, but never told anyone. C.L. fell for her right off). Now as a grown up, relatively respectable accountant, he's in town to investigate Brent's books. What with the cheating and all, Maddie does the same thing she did in high school and jumps into a relationship with a deliriously happy C.L. while (a) trying to figure out what the hell Brent is doing (note: it's a little frustrating that it's clear to everyone but Maddie that the money stuff is going on for a good chunk of the book), (b) trying to protect her daughter Em, and (c) trying to cover up that everything isn't perfectly normal. That, naturally, starts to go to hell pretty quickly.
It's kind of a chaotic but fun novel, husband badness aside. Kind of like Crazy For You, it's a bit of a switch to go back and forth between the husband drama and the new boyfriend, but it's not nearly as weird as it was in that book. Even though Maddie is moving on VERY VERY QUICKLY, hell, her husband was a jerk and she was sick of him anyway, so why the hell not. I do think that the mystery, in the end, lies (har) out very well, even though the major aspect of it is kept way on the down low until the climax.
Three and a half stars. It's not my favorite Crusie, but it's certainly enjoyable.