With undertones of a Shakespearean love-romp, love's true course gets a distinctly bumpy ride in this, oddly named, fifth novel from Jill Mansell. While the action centres around the court (Bristol-based mansion) of ex-rock star and former alcoholic, Jaz Dreyfuss, his ex-wives, current bubble-head and a selection of their relatives and friends, the lead role and heroine of our tale is taken by feisty, wise-cracking, ex-wife number two, estate agent extraordinaire, Suzy. Suzy's mother, recently departed for designer-heaven (as in the sky, not Bond Street), has left Suzy and her siblings to discover a skeleton (with skin and blood still attached) leaping out of the family cupboard.
While the summer bookshelves groan with an ever-growing mountain of books charting modern girlšs search for "true lurrve", Good At Games is a well-executed example of its genre, with a bunch of characters you can actually care what happens to and a plot that, although you know exactly where it's going, makes you want to keep reading until the very last word. --Carey Green