In this installment of the quirky gumshoe, Kinsey the perpetually perky detective with the fast tongue and faster gun takes on a Mother’s quest to solve her daughter’s murder.
As Kinsey delves into the young woman’s recent history, she uncovers a seedy past that would make her mother blush. Prostitution, high stakes money and the mafia round out this tale, not to mention sibling jealousy and possible unfaithfulness.
This is what Sue does best: fully rounded characters, even if they only share a few pages with Kinsey. Even the baddest character she creates you can identify with and still imagine the scene. Each scene is rich and dripping in detail, from the derelict cabin in the woods to the small blue house in town. You tend to bond with the characters and find yourself rooting for them. The many clues that pop up are indeterminable until Kinsey has that “AHA!” moment near the end.
I don’t try to solve the mystery before hand, as I realize there is a rare treat before me that I let unfold.