The trouble with going home is that murder is the least of your problems. Leaving America to visit the mother whose longtime husband has left her for reasons her mother can only sniff at, Simona Griffo (The Trouble with Thin Ice, 1994), already depressed and preoccupied by the specter of breast cancer, alights from her plane to Rome to find her obsessively charming, flirtatious ex-husband, Carlo Linetti, waiting for her. Even though he's involved with drug counselor Lea Serini (and why should that make any difference, since he's always been involved with somebody?), how likely is Simona to stay faithful to her NYPD lover Stan Greenhouse back in her adopted home? All these problems are apparently eclipsed on page one when Simona sees art student Tamar Deaton stabbed to death by two muggers. But in fact every mystery about Tamar--Was she really off drugs, as Lea insists? Did she really find a new Leonardo drawing that she was about to sell to wealthy American Arthur Hensen?--leads right back to Simona's nearest and dearest in Rome. The sort of soul-searching portrait of the detective that's usually written long after the heroine's become famous. In this case the monumental treatment is premature.