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Julia ReedThough she is tough and unfailingly correct, Martin is not a prude. She offers laugh-out-loud suggestions for the safest place to keep illicit love letters (''In the fireplace, between burning logs'') and she seriously admonishes the male half of an adulterous partnership who wants to come clean to his wife that a secret involving two people is not his to tell. She defends smokers (they ''make excellent friends at present-giving time, because they can always be given pretty lighters and ashtrays''), and she recognizes that there is a need for such social niceties as the hungover apology letter (you should laud your hostess's own behavior as ''magnificent'' while owning up to no specific behavior of your own).
— The New York Times