Three novellas by the author of the acclaimed Mrs. Caliban (1982). Each of these mid-length dramas, conventionally and skillfully narrated, has its way of capturing the reader firmly, then of providing endings that will please mainly those who love a semi mysterious twist. The young Flora, in ""I See a Long Journey,"" marries a man from a large, established, and inestimably wealthy family; older than she, he is ""the most important of the heirs."" On a holiday journey to the Orient, accompanied only by the husband's highly trained bodyguard, Flora is attacked at gunpoint by would-be kidnappers; and, during the abduction, the bodyguard chooses to shoot Flora, considering her expendable, rather than risking the loss of the husband and heir. ""On Ice"" is the tale of a young American woman who finds herself, at end (because she knows too much), imprisoned for life in an Alpine hotel by a group of bridge-playing senior citizens who, to keep their own families from preying on their money and lives, have ""pretended"" to die and are now hiding with their wealth. And ""Blessed Art Thou,"" most surreal of the three, is the story of a monk who, after an intimate ""visitation"" from the angel Gabriel, turns into a woman, becomes pregnant, and then, just before the miraculous birth (the prospect of which has caused great disarray in the monastery both religious and sexual) dies in water and a brightness of light (would it have been the second Jesus? and would it have been a boy? or a girl?). Skilled prime-time entertainment, capable in every detail, for readers who like to think that they're thinking.