Vanessa V. Friedman
April 18, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Princess Charming

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jane Heller
publisher
Kensington
genre
Romance, Fiction
We gave it a C

Princess Charming is a cut-rate First Wives Club with all of the glop and none of the glitz. Jane Heller’s trio of middle-aged divorcees — Elaine, Pat, and Jackie — dub themselves ”The Three Blond Mice” and take an annual vacation together. Their latest trip, a cheesy cruise, provides the setting; a conversation Elaine overhears between two men — about the impending shipboard murder of an ex-wife — provides the dramatic tension, as Elaine assumes one of her trio is the target. Suddenly every man she meets is a suspect, although the real culprit is obvious early on. Nothing here is particularly absorbing or distracting, and absorption and distraction are, after all, the point of this kind of escapist fiction. C

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